CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 27, 1999
Argentine human rights activist to speak to foreign
IOWA CITY, Iowa Adolfo Perez Esquivel, a human
rights activist from Argentina will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council Friday, Oct. 1. His presentation, "Third World Debt Forgiveness" begins
at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton
St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.
Perez Esquivel is the recipient of the 1999 Pacem
in Terris Peace and Freedom Award presented by the Roman Catholic Diocese
of Davenport. A former professor of architecture, he left his teaching post
in 1974 to become secretary general of Servicio Paz y Justicia, a grassroots
Latin American network promoting justice, peace and human rights. He was jailed
by the Argentine government in April 1977 for his advocacy for human rights.
This struggle led to his being awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize in 1980. The Nobel Foundation's citation read in part, "Perez Esquivel
is among those Argentines who have shone a light in the darkness. He champions
a solution of Argentina's grievous problems that dispenses with the use of
violence, and he is the spokesman of a revival of respect of human rights."
He is the author of "Christ in a Poncho," a proponent of Gandhian nonviolence,
and an international delegate for peace.
New Pioneer will cater the lunch, and the cost is
$6.50 for members and $8 for non-members. There is no charge for those who
bring their own lunches. Checks may 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, Oct. 4, 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.