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Release: Oct. 29, 1999

Time yet to register for Nov. 2 International Day at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Although the University of Iowa’s third annual International Day is only days away, there is still time for students and teachers to register for the event, according to the event’s organizers.

International Day will be held all day Tuesday, Nov. 2 in the Iowa Memorial Union. Designed primarily for middle school and high school students and teachers, the event this year will focus on the theme "Teaching Human Rights in the Schools."

Schools participating in International Day select a team made up of one teacher and four to five students to represent them at the conference, which is free to attendees. The teams act as facilitators when they return to their schools, helping to add international perspectives to their study of issues. Participants receive T-shirts as a souvenir and lunch is provided. Teachers and students will also be treated to a unique, multimedia, interactive presentation by the Cultural Kaleidoscope, a Kansas City-based Russian folk performance company.

Sponsored by the University of Iowa Office of International Education and the UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), International Day will feature four human rights experts: Felisa Tibbitts, executive director and co-founder of the Boston-based Human Rights Education Associates (HREA); Ellie Keen, a human rights educator and grassroots activist with HREA who is based in London and works frequently in Bucharest, Hungary; John Patrick, a social studies and human rights educator from Indiana University; and Kristi Rudelius Palmer, director of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center.

The four speakers will also take part a day earlier -- on Monday, Nov. 1 -- in the 1999-2000 Distinguished International Lecture Series "Human Rights Education in Post-Communist States," which is free and open to the public. The series will address human rights education within the larger scope of educational reform currently taking place in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. A panel discussion is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 1 in Room 282 of the University of Iowa International Center. Coffee and tea will be served before the panel discussion.

For more information on the Nov. 2 International Day, or to register, call the Office of International Education at (319) 335-6289 or (319) 335-6387. For more information about the Nov. 1 Distinguished International Lecture Series panel discussion, contact CREEES Outreach Coordinator Karen Myers at (319) 335-1442.