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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 10, 2004

UI To Host 8th Annual International Day Human Rights Conference

The University of Iowa will host the 8th Annual International Day Human Rights Conference for area middle and high school students Nov. 10 at the Iowa Memorial Union. 

The theme for the event is "Human Rights in Arts and Culture." The conference will open with a keynote address by Liz Shropshire, who founded the Kosovo Children's Music Initiative to establish musical education and performance programs advancing the welfare of Kosovar children and communities. 

The keynote will be followed by interactive large group activities and small group workshops. UI faculty, staff, and students will facilitate the workshops.  Students will also attend a ballet performance by the Central Iowa Dance Company on the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

A catered lunch will be provided to students and their teachers. 

The conference is planned and sponsored by the following UI offices and departments: College of Education, International Programs, Center for Human Rights, Belin-Blank Center, Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, and Office of Admissions. In addition, the following organizations provide sponsorship: The Stanley Foundation, Grant Wood AEA, Iowa City Community School District and The University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register, contact Sandy Gerard at 319-335-5377 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Sandra Gerard, 319-335-5377,