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March 20, 2007

Professor Wing To Be Honored At Celebration Of Excellence Among Women March 29

"A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women," the University of Iowa's annual tribute to the accomplishments of women at the university, will be held Thursday, March 29, in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. A reception begins at 3:30 p.m., and the awards program begins at 4 p.m.

Lynette Marshall, president of the University of Iowa Foundation, will deliver the keynote address. The event is free and open to the public. Those who need special assistance to attend this event may call 319-335-3114.

This year's Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Adrien Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she also serves as the associate dean for faculty development. Wing was the first African-American woman on the law faculty when she came to UI in 1987. She has taught a wide variety of courses in the law school and in the university's interdisciplinary African Studies program. She has also become a premier scholar in critical race feminism and global critical race feminism.

Wing has more than 90 publications to her credit, and she is the editor of Critical Race Feminism -- A Reader and Global Critical Race Feminism: An International Reader. Her U.S.-oriented scholarship has focused on race and gender discrimination, with topics including the impact of Hurricane Katrina, gangs, mothering, affirmative action, the war on terrorism, and polygamy in Black America. Her international scholarship has emphasized two regions: Africa, especially South Africa; and the Middle East, in particular the Palestinian legal system. Constitutionalism, women's rights, rape in Bosnia, Muslim headscarves in France and Turkish secularism are among the topics of recent articles.

Additionally, Wing has helped draft constitutions in South Africa, Rwanda and Palestine. She organized an election-observer delegation to South Africa and advised the Eritrean Ministry of Justice on human rights treaties. This month she is being installed as the vice president of the American Society of International Law, the second African-American woman to hold that position in the organization's 100-year history.

She also served as a representative to the United Nations for the National Conference of Black Lawyers and as chair of the conference's International Section of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. She was also a member of the TransAfrica Forum Scholars Council and the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors.

Her service to Iowa includes an appointment to the Iowa Commission on the African American Prison Population in 1999 and as a member of the board of directors of the Iowa Peace Institute and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council. In 2006 she received the Gertrude Rush Award from the Iowa National Bar Association and the Iowa Women's Bar Association.

Wing grew up in Orange, N.J., and earned her law degree from Stanford University Law School. She worked for five years in private practice with two New York City firms before joining the UI faculty. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Princeton University with high honors in 1978 and her Master's degree in African studies from UCLA in 1979.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,