CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 6, 2000
Conference challenges students, teachers to examine human rights in classroom
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The issue of human rights will come alive for Iowa middle
and high school teachers and students Nov. 1 when the University of Iowa hosts
its fourth annual International Human Rights Day conference.
The daylong conference, whose theme this year is "International Day
2000," will give participants an opportunity to discuss various aspects
of human rights -- from discrimination and poverty to racism and health issues
-- in small groups and find ways to carry what they learn into the classroom
The keynote speaker for the event will be Ravi Nair, a consultant to the
United Nations and visiting faculty member of Yale University. Nair will also
conduct a human rights education workshop for participating teachers during
The free event will be held in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.
Lunch will be provided and participants will receive a T-shirt for attending.
Teachers are encouraged to register early for this year's program, since space
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 Human Rights Day conference co-sponsors include the UI Center
for Human Rights, the UI College of Education Diversity Committee, the UI
Associate Provost for Health Sciences, the UI Office of Affirmative Action,
the UI Office of International Programs, the Stanley Foundation, the Iowa
City Human Rights Commission, the Grant Wood Area Education Association and
the Iowa City School Districts.
For more information, contact Kris Das at (319) 335-6387 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org),
Margaret Evans at (319) 335-6289 (e-mail email@example.com)
or Greg Hamot at (319) 335-5382 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Information is also available on the UI Center for Human Rights web page at