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Sept. 7

UICHR Speaker Series Focuses On 'Careers For Change' Starting Sept. 15

The possibilities for working in human rights related fields will be explored during "Careers for Change," a speaker series sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR). In the first talk, Jennifer Sherer, program director of the UI Labor Center, will discuss "Working for Economic Justice: Careers in the Labor Movement," Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Northwestern Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Although the program is designed for undergraduates to learn more about careers in social justice and human rights, the series is free and open to the public.

Sherer is a labor educator at the UI Labor Center, which provides education to Iowa union members on workers' rights, union leadership, economics and other issues relevant to Iowa workers. Sherer worked on the center's Child Labor Public Education Project from 2002-2004. She also has worked as a staff member and volunteer on several union organizing campaigns and on workers' rights issue campaigns with Students Against Sweatshops and other organizations.

Other planned topics and speakers for the fall series include:

Oct. 6, 11:30-1 p.m., Room S401 Pappajohn Business Building: Father Roy Bourgeois, "The Struggle for Peace and Justice in Latin America." In 1990, Bourgeois founded the School of the Americas Watch, an organization that informs the general public, Congress and the media about the implications for the poor of Latin America of the School of the Americas, an American-funded military training institution.

Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m., Room S401 Pappajohn Business Building: Mark Grey, "Immigrants in Iowa: Human Rights and Integration Challenges." Grey is director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration at the University of Northern Iowa, an award-winning program that provides consultation, training and publications to Iowa communities, churches, organizations and employers to assist them with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with influxes of immigrant and refugee newcomers.

Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m., Room 340, South Commons, Blank Honors Center: Laura Dowd, "From Local Farms to Local Families: Fighting Hunger in Iowa City." Dowd is the president and founder of Local Foods Connection, a non-profit organization that purchases fresh organic produce and meat products from small family farmers and donates these goods to low-income families.

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900 or

Founded in 1999, the UICHR is a direct outgrowth of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the yearlong UI commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. Initiated by a multidisciplinary group of faculty, the center's mission is to support the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad by providing leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to the UI, its surrounding community, the state of Iowa, and beyond.

The UICHR is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, 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.

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

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, ; Program: Amy Weismann or Liz Crooks, 319-335-3900; Writer: Diana Brace