CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 6, 2000
Community invited to register for global violence conference April 14-16
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violence saturates all levels of society domestically
and internationally, leaving many people concerned, fearful or angry, and
looking for answers. A three-day conference at the UI will explore issues
of global violence as well as provide participants with suggestions to help
reverse this alarming epidemic.
"Violence, Shredding Social Fabrics, Destroying Global Health,"
is the theme of a three-day conference April 14-16 at the Iowa Memorial Union.
The conference is open to all students, faculty, staff and interested members
of the community and is sponsored by the Global Health Studies Program at
the University of Iowa.
Registered students who participate in the entire event from 1 p.m. Friday,
April 14 through noon April 16, will receive one credit. The conference is
geared towards human rights activists, nurses, social workers, primary care
physicians, public health specialists and other concerned citizens.
Speakers and participants will explore the complexities embedded in the epidemic
of public and private violence threatening social and personal health globally,
according to Maureen McCue, M.D., GHSP director and conference organizer.
"This unusual and dynamic conference is both international and interdisciplinary
in scope and will combine presentations from academics, feminists, peace activists,
and policy makers with experience from around the world. Conference participants
will attend panels and breakout sessions, view films, and hold small group
discussions over meals as they focus on the many manifestations of private
and workplace violence reflecting the dominant public culture of violence,"
The conference will kick off with a keynote address by Scott Nathanson, executive
director of Citizens for a Responsible Budget, a Washington, D.C. based advocacy
group working to strengthen national and social security by preserving the
budget surplus to strengthen Social Security and Medicare. He will speak on
"Violence and Suffering: Exposing, Linking, and Working Against Root
Causes," Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m. in the IMU Main Ballroom. His address
is free and open to the public.
Nathanson has eight years of experience in government and public advocacy
work, beginning as the first Kate Sherman Peace and Environmental Fellow with
20/20 Vision. He has been published in dozens of major newspapers across the
country, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe,
and The Houston Chronicle on subjects such as U.S. Weapons Sales to Africa
and Indonesia, Uncontrolled U.S. Military Spending, U.S. landmines policy
in Korea, and the burgeoning arms race in Latin America.
Conference organizers wish to encourage open and lively dialogue; therefore
all panel presentations will be followed by small group breakout sessions.
Speakers and conference participants are also encouraged to dine together
so that discussions can be furthered in more personal settings.
The conference features two disturbing films exploring the frightening plight
of women and children in many parts of the world. The Saturday evening banquet
will be followed by a showing and discussion of the Indian Film, "Saalom
Bombay." In this film the viewer follows the sad struggles of a child
living on the streets and a young prostitute he befriends who, along with
a number of their acquaintances, attempts to survive in a violent and uncaring
The final panel of the conference will investigate creative and novel recommendations
for reversing the epidemic of global violence.
By participating in this conference on global violence, attendees will become
familiar with the many hidden forms of domestic violence at home and abroad.
Participants will also be able to identify a number of inherently dangerous
and violent worker situations, including the various forms of abusive child
labor, often overlooked in national labor statistics. Several of the many
co-factors that promote situations of domestic and workplace violence will
be explored, as well as the role of costly regional and international weapons
development and trade in promoting and sustaining situations of domestic,
workplace, and international violence. Fortunately, by the end, conference
participants will also be familiar with various local, regional, and international
educational and academic programs and NGOs working effectively to identify,
respond to and end domestic, workplace, and international violence.
Representatives of various campus groups will be on hand outside the conference
rooms to inform interested participants of ways they can become involved in
activities to end global domestic violence, violent working conditions, and
the marketing of dangerous products. The conference will also sponsor a book
sale, with the help of the Iowa Memorial Union bookstore staff, featuring
selections relevant to the conference content.
Other conference sponsors include: The UI College of Medicine, Environmental
Health Science Research Center, the Injury Prevention Research Center, International
Programs, Student Health Services, the UI Center for Human Rights, the UI
Health Policy Center, the Iowa Medical Society and University of Northern
Iowa Global Health.
The deadline for registering for the conference is April 12, although walk-in
registrations will be accepted. There is a nominal cost to register, which
covers continuing education units, meals and course packets. For more information
or to register, call the Global Health Studies Program office at (319) 335-2825,
or Jo Dickens at the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at (319) 335-4159.