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Feb. 19, 2007

Note: Although Sharon Hutchinson, a professor in cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, has cancelled her visit to the University of Iowa at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, to present her lecture, "Sudan's Defiance of International Human Rights" due to the inclement weather, the buffet-style dinner featuring homemade regional Sudanese food will still begin at 6 p.m., following by speakers from the local Sudanese community.

Renowned Activist, Author To Discuss Human Rights In Sudan Feb. 26

Human rights issues in Darfur and greater Sudan will be the focus of a lecture and buffet-style dinner featuring homemade regional Sudanese food Monday, Feb. 26, in the International Commons, Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. The buffet will begin at 6 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. The dinner and lecture are free and open to the public with the following sponsors: University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR), the UI African Studies Program (ASP), UI Libraries and Sudanese Community Services Inc.

Besides learning about human rights atrocities and the government of Sudan, those in attendance will have a chance to meet individuals from the large Sudanese community living in Iowa City.  An estimated 160 families are associated with the local Sudanese community group.

Sharon Hutchinson, a professor in cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, will present her lecture, "Sudan's Defiance of International Human Rights," following the dinner. Hutchinson is internationally known for her work on Sudan and human rights issues. She has been working in southern Sudan for 25 years as an academic and activist. After writing the renowned "Nuer Dilemmas: Coping with Money, War and the State," Hutchinson continued her involvement with the Sudan Civilian Protection Monitoring Team, and she opened three schools in the African nation.

The evening will also include a response to Hutchinson's lecture by Abdalla Mohammed Abdalla, a refugee and member of the Sudanese community in Iowa City. Abdalla was a journalist in Sudan and was active in political movements.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900 or

Founded in 1999, 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.

ASP was established in 1979 to promote the interdisciplinary study of Africa at the University of Iowa. It helps students gain a broader understanding of traditional and contemporary life in Africa and provides an environment of cooperation and collaboration among students and faculty that leads to increased opportunities for research and teaching.

Both the UICHR and ASP are part of International Programs, which 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.

CONTACTS: Lois Gray, 319-384-0007,; Event: Amy Weismann at 319-335-3900 or; Writer, Alexis Bushnell.