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Release: Oct. 25, 2000

Human rights expert Nair to speak at International Day

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ravi Nair, a consultant to the United Nations and visiting faculty member of Yale University, will be the keynote speaker on "Universality and Human Rights: The Asian Perspective" from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 as part of International Day 2000 in the Richie Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Nair will also conduct a human rights curriculum workshop for Iowa teachers from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

The daylong conference offers teachers and students from middle and high schools an opportunity to discuss various aspects of human rights, from discrimination and poverty to racism and health. Students and teachers are expected to carry what they learn to their classrooms and communities.

Lunch will be provided and participants will receive a T-shirt for attending. Space is limited, but teachers can still register for this year's program.

Nair, who will be on the UI campus from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5 as an Ida Beam Visiting Professor, is executive director of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center. He also serves on the executive committee of the Geneva-based International Service for Human Rights.

International Day 2000 is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights, College of Education, Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Office of Affirmative Action, International Programs, Diversity Committee of the UI College of Education, Iowa City Human Rights Commission, The Stanley Foundation, Grant Wood Area Education Agency (AEA) and the Iowa City School District.

For more information, contact Kris Das at (319) 335-6387 (e-mail, Margaret Evans at (319) 335-6289 (e-mail or Greg Hamot at (319) 335-5382 (e-mail Information is also available on the UI Center for Human Rights web page at