CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: June 28, 2000
Human rights activist Nair is Ida Beam Visiting Professor Oct. 29-Nov.5
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ravi Nair, executive director of the South Asia Human
Rights Documentation Center, will visit the University of Iowa as an Ida Beam
Visiting Professor Oct. 29 to Nov. 5.
Nair's visit is being sponsored by the UI Human Rights Center and is co-sponsored
by the UI Colleges of Law and Education, the Global Studies Program and the
South Asian Studies Program.
In addition to lecturing in several of the UI colleges, Nair will give a
public lecture during his visit. He is also scheduled to conduct a workshop
in the College of Education -- titled "International Human Rights Day"
-- for local schoolteachers and students.
Nair, who serves on the executive committee of the Geneva-based International
Service for Human Rights, has been arrested numerous times by the Indian police
because of his activism. He spent a year in detention under the Defence of
India Rules in 1975-76 while protesting against the imposition of the emergency
in India. He was last arrested in 1993 in the northeastern Indian state of
Assam while breaking a state government ban against the celebration of United
Nations Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.
Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her farm to the UI Foundation in 1977.
Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College
of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a
fund to bring top scholars in a variety of disciplines to the university for
lectures and discussions.