CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 12, 1999
CIVIC honors Westons with International Citizen awards
IOWA CITY, Iowa Burns Weston and Marta Cullberg
Weston will receive the 1999 International Citizen Awards Sunday, Oct. 24
at the 14th anniversary celebration of the Council for International Visitors
to Iowa Cities (CIVIC). A social hour begins at 6 p.m., a dinner is at 7 p.m.
and the business meeting/election of officers will begin at 8 p.m., all at
the Radisson Hotel, Highlander Plaza in Iowa City.
The International Citizen Award was created to honor
local citizens who have made outstanding contributions to international understanding.
"It was a happy coincidence which led the CIVIC Board
of Directors to choose Burns and Marta Cullberg Weston as the recipients of
the 1999 International Citizen Awards," says Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive
director. "Both have been very active in the area of international relations
for many years. But, especially over the last year and a half, Burns has been
a driving force in the creation and implementation of the university's Global
Focus: Human Rights '98 celebration, and Marta has continued her involvement
in searching for conflict resolutions in the Balkans and in the region of
the Caucasus Mountains."
Burns, who retired from the University of Iowa in
1999 as Bessie Dutton Murray professor of law and associate dean for International
and Comparative Legal Studies, was the chair of Global Focus: Human Rights
'98. This series of events celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United Declaration
of Human Rights. He continues to be instrumental in launching the new University
of Iowa Human Rights Center (UIHRC).
In 1966, he joined the faculty of the College of Law
and since then has served as founding director of the UI's former Center for
World Order Studies (now the global studies program), visiting professor of
international law at Grinnell College and the UCLA School of Law, and senior
fellow and director of the Transnational Academic Program of the Institute
for World Order in New York City.
Weston's teaching and research interests center on
international jurisprudence, international human rights law, the laws of war,
the law of State responsibility (particularly in relation to the concerns
of developing countries), and international environmental law.
His wife, Dr. Marta Cullberg Weston, is a clinical
psychologist, psychoanalyst and author of numerous books and articles on a
variety of psychological subjects. In addition to her work as a therapist,
Marta has served on the board of a Swedish Peace Research Institute since
the beginning of the 1980s, where she worked with international conflict resolution
and ethnic conflicts. She has been involved with the conflicts in the former
Yugoslavia since the wars started in 1991 and has written extensively about
ethnic conflicts from a psychological perspective.
When the reports about the mass rapes in Bosnia surfaced,
Marta Cullberg Weston, together with a group of women in Sweden, started a
relief organization in 1993 called Kvinna till Kvinna (Woman to Woman). The
organization is involved in the rebuilding efforts of women all over the former
Yugoslavia. Dr. Weston has traveled extensively in the area in support of
different projects for traumatized women and was in Albania in the refugee
camps in the spring. Marta moved to Iowa City in 1994. While living in Iowa
City she has pursued her international engagements together with her husband.
Reservations for the CIVIC anniversary celebration
will be taken until Wednesday, Oct. 20. The cost is $30 per person. For more
information or to register, call 335-0351. Or, a check may be mailed to CIVIC,
120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.
CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving
and hosting international visitors as a means of promoting global understanding
on a person-to-person basis. CIVIC is affiliated with UI International Programs,
which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, 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, teaching and research.
For more information about the organization or the
anniversary celebration, call Tom Baldridge at 335-0351.