CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 25, 2000
Human rights expert Nair to speak at International Day
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ravi Nair, a consultant to the United Nations and visiting
faculty member of Yale University, will be the keynote speaker on "Universality
and Human Rights: The Asian Perspective" from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 1 as part of International Day 2000 in the Richie Ballroom of the Iowa
Memorial Union. Nair will also conduct a human rights curriculum workshop
for Iowa teachers from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.
The daylong conference offers teachers and students from middle and high
schools an opportunity to discuss various aspects of human rights, from discrimination
and poverty to racism and health. Students and teachers are expected to carry
what they learn to their classrooms and communities.
Lunch will be provided and participants will receive a T-shirt for attending.
Space is limited, but teachers can still register for this year's program.
Nair, who will be on the UI campus from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5 as an Ida Beam
Visiting Professor, is executive director of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation
Center. He also serves on the executive committee of the Geneva-based International
Service for Human Rights.
International Day 2000 is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights, College
of Education, Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Office of Affirmative
Action, International Programs, Diversity Committee of the UI College of Education,
Iowa City Human Rights Commission, The Stanley Foundation, Grant Wood Area
Education Agency (AEA) and the Iowa City School District.
For more information, contact Kris Das at (319) 335-6387 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org),
Margaret Evans at (319) 335-6289 (e-mail email@example.com)
or Greg Hamot at (319) 335-5382 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Information is also available on the UI Center for Human Rights web page at