CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: June 3, 1999
Scholar to speak about U.S. human rights policy
IOWA CITY, Iowa Christopher R. Rossi, executive
director of Humanities Iowa, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council Friday, June 4. His presentation, "Fundamental Failures of U.S. Policy
Regarding Human Rights: Reflections in the Mirror," begins at noon in the
Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City,
and is open to the public.
Rossi, a long-time resident of Iowa City, has returned
as the new executive director of Humanities Iowa. He is a graduate of the
UI College of Law and also holds an LL.M. in public international law from
the University of London and a masters degree and a Ph.D. in international
relations from Johns Hopkins University. Rossi served in the White House as
director of the Office of Democracy, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Affairs
at the National Security Council in 1997-98 while on leave from American University
where he was assistant professor of international politics and foreign policy.
From 1989-92, Rossi was associate director, World
Jurist Association and served a year with the Arms Control Association, the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. Rossi is the
author of Broken Chain of Being: James Brown Scott and the Origins of Modern
International Law (The Hague, London, Boston: Kluwer Law International, 1998)
and Equity and International Law: A Legal Realist Approach to the Process
of International Decisionmaking (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY, 1993) He has also
written articles about arms control and international law and has another
in progress, which deals with human rights in the post cold-war world.
Taste of China will cater the lunch. The cost is $6.50
for members and $8 for non-members. There is no charge for those who bring
their own lunches. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802.
For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351.
They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments
may be made. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program
Monday, June 7, following the noon news.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit
association of community and university people interested in learning more
about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting
world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more
than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids
ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists
of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research
projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for
International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the
campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.