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Sept. 16, 2005

Cmiel To Discuss 'Modernization Of Torture And Slavery' Sept. 21

Kenneth Cmiel, director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and professor of history and American studies, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) about "The Modernization of Torture and Slavery," on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

In addition to directing the UICHR, Cmiel has also taught history at the UI since 1987. He is interested in both the present and recent past of human rights politics, and is writing a book on the ideological origins of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Cmiel received his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in 1986. His book, "Democratic Eloquence," won the Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians in 1987.

This program is made possible with the support of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and The American House Inn at McGregor, and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC. The luncheon will be catered by Taste of China. For those unable to attend the program, WSUI-AM will broadcast it on Thursday, Sept. 22, following the noon news.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for the Cmiel luncheon should be received in the office by noon, Monday, Sept. 19. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, please contact Tom Baldridge at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC 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 area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of 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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, ; Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Po Li Loo