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Jan. 24, 2006

UI Law Professor Speaks About Child Slavery In India Feb. 1

Lea VanderVelde, University of Iowa law professor and Josephine R. Witte chair, will discuss "Child Slavery in India" during the next Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon and lecture at noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

In 2005, VanderVelde, an expert on labor law and slave labor in the UI College of Law, spent three weeks in India working with Kailash Satyarti, an anti-slavery activist who has worked to free child slave laborers from their owners and return them to their villages and families for more than 25 years.

VanderVelde, whose research focuses on labor and property, teaches courses in those areas, as well as constitutional law and legal history. Her current book projects include a biography of the litigants in the Dred Scott freedom case and a monograph entitled, "The Master Narrative of 19th Century Law," which explores how master-servant law resisted change in the 19th century to continue to be relevant in modern employment relations. VanderVelde has taught at the Juridicum of the University of Vienna, Yale Law School, the University of Pennsylvania and the UI College of Law's Summer Program in Arcachon, France. She is admitted to the bar in Wisconsin and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Send reservation forms (available at with a check to: ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for this luncheon/lecture must be received in the office by noon, Monday, Jan. 30. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. Masala will cater the luncheon.

This program is made possible with the support of Hills Bank & Trust Co. and Prairie Lights Books, and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC. For those unable to attend the program, WSUI (AM-910) will broadcast it on Thursday, Feb. 2, following the noon news.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, 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: Kelli Andresen