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Aug. 23, 2006

UICHR Grant To Support 'One Community, One Book-Johnson County'

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) has received a grant award of $1,500 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of "One Community, One Book-Johnson County Reads."

The goal of the countywide reading project is to select a book with human rights as the central theme that will promote diverse community-building discussions in human rights areas that affect a wide portion of the adult and adolescent population in Johnson County. Nine community discussion forums at diverse locations in Johnson County are being scheduled.

The selected book for 2006 is "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle. The novel explores the world of two couples as their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding. The grant project director is Dorothy M. Paul, UICHR associate director of community affairs.

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UICHR is affiliated with UI 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: Liz Crooks, 319-335-3900,

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