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Jan. 10, 2006

Carver College Of Medicine To Host Two Events For Human Rights Week

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host two events Jan. 17-18 in conjunction with UI Human Rights Week activities across campus next week.

The events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

-- "The 21st Century and the Lingering Disparities in Health Care," L.D. Britt, M.D., the Brickhouse Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.; 12:30 p.m. in the Kelch Conference Room (room 1289) in the Carver Biomedical Research Building (CBRB). Lunch will be provided.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, Britt has had extensive surgical and critical care training. He is the first African-American in the country to have an endowed chair in surgery and the first African-American in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be appointed professor of surgery. Britt has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors acknowledging his accomplishments in surgery and excellence in teaching, including the nation's highest teaching award in medicine: the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Wednesday, Jan. 18,

-- Film, "Crash" (2005), at 5:30 p.m. in the Kelch Conference Room (room 1289) in the Carver Biomedical Research Building (CBRB). A discussion will follow the film, facilitated by Margaret LeMay, coordinator of the UI Carver College of Medicine Writing Program. A light dinner will be provided.

Written and directed by Paul Haggis, "Crash" examines fear and bigotry in contemporary Los Angeles from the perspectives of the film's multiple characters. The ensemble cast includes Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Terence Howard, Thandie Newton and hip-hop artist Ludacris.

A complete list of UI events scheduled for Martin Luther King, Jr./Human Rights Week events is available online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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