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Oct. 1, 2007

Peace and conflict in eastern Africa topic of International Mondays Oct. 8

Zachary Rogers, a senior majoring in human rights in international studies and French literature in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will give a presentation titled "Peace and Conflict in the Lake Victoria Region: Analyzing Uganda and Rwanda" at the next International Mondays lecture. The presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Last summer, Rogers participated in "Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin," a program sponsored by the School for International Training (SIT), an education institution providing qualified undergraduate students opportunities for field-based language and intercultural training. The study group spent three weeks in Kampala, Uganda, two weeks in Kigali, Rwanda, and one week in Arusha, Tanzania.

"Throughout the summer, our study group had numerous discussions about what we could do to help in the face of extreme poverty, extreme violence, extreme hopelessness and despair," Rogers said. "We repeatedly asked ourselves what we could do to improve the situations that we encountered everyday, and part of the answer is to share with people what we have learned."

Rogers' lecture will feature two case studies related to his visits with the people who had been forced into camps by the government in the name of national security in Aromo, Uganda, and to several 1994 genocide memorials in and around Kigali, Rwanda. The lecture will examine the historical causes of both conflicts, the role the international community has played in the countries and the effects on the citizens who have endured through the struggles.

"I have a much better understanding of the destructive impact of conflict on a people than before," Rogers said. "While I cannot accurately portray to an audience everything that I experienced this summer, I hope to pass along at least some of my newly acquired knowledge to people so that they too can have a better understanding and act accordingly."

This International Mondays lecture is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Support Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library.

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

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI 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 UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Buffy Quintero, International Programs, 319-335-0345,; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Lini Ge