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March 21, 2006

NOTE: If you are looking for the release titled Convocation Focuses On Globalization, Cosmopolitanism March 24-26, click here. The links to this story and that one were inadvertently switched in the Tuesday, March 21, 2006 news digest. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Iowa City Human Rights Coordinator To Speak At Careers For Change

Human rights is a global issue, but it can be a local one, also. That's the topic of the next "Careers for Change," a speaker series sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR).

Stefanie Bowers, human rights coordinator for the city of Iowa City, will speak on "Protecting Rights at Home: Human Rights in Iowa City," Wednesday, March 22, beginning at 7 p.m. in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building on the UI campus. 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 UI faculty, staff and the public.

As human rights coordinator, Bowers oversees the investigation of complaints alleging discrimination in violation of the Iowa City Human Rights Ordinance, provides staff support to the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, and conducts education and outreach efforts to inform the public on human rights and illegal discrimination issues.

Upcoming "Careers for Change" events include:

* April 13, 7 p.m., Room S401 Pappajohn Building: Stephen Rapp, "International War Crimes Tribunal in Rwanda." Rapp, a former U.S. Attorney in Iowa, has spent the past four years prosecuting suspects in the 1994 genocide that left 800,000 Rwandans dead. As chief of prosecutions for the head of the United Nations' International War Crimes Tribunal of Rwanda, he is coordinating at least 40 more trials, assisting in international efforts to find suspects hiding abroad, and teaching what he has learned practicing a largely uncharted area of international law. Rapp's talk is part of the World Affairs series on Global Justice and Human Rights.

* April 24, 7 p.m., Room S401 Pappajohn Building: Linda Keith, "Is the Law a Mere Parchment Barrier to Human Rights Abuse?" Keith is a visiting professor in the UI Political Science department, where she teaches Civil Rights and Race Relations in American Politics, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, and the Judicial Process.

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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Weismann or Liz Crooks, 319-335-3900; Writer: Julia LaBua