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Sept. 11, 2006

Heineman To Discuss Sexual Violence In Conflict Zones Sept. 18

Elizabeth Heineman, an associate history professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a secondary appointment in International Programs, will discuss, "Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to Abu Ghraib" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. This lecture is part of the International Mondays lecture series, and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

According to Heineman, sexual violence in conflict zones is as old as warfare, but was not recognized by the international community as a human rights violation and crime of war until the 1990s. She will speak on the varied functions sexual violence has served in warfare, the consequences of wartime sexual violence, and the relationship between sexual violence in war and sexual violence in peacetime. Finally, she will recount recent efforts to bring perpetrators to justice and to ameliorate the suffering of victims.

Heineman's past research has examined gender, war and memory in Germany; welfare states in comparative perspective (Fascist, Communist and Democratic); and the significance of marital status for women. In addition to sexual violence in conflict zones, she is currently investigating sexuality in Nazi and postwar Germany and the erotica industry prior to the legalization of pornography. Heineman teaches courses on Europe, Germany and gender and sexuality.

UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Support Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library sponsor this International Mondays lecture.

For more information on this lecture, the International Mondays lecture series or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or

International Programs enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Erin Vaughn.

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