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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Sept. 18, 2001

Wing to speak on Middle East at International Mondays kickoff Sept. 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Law Professor Adrien Wing will speak on "The Middle East: What Next?" Monday, Sept. 24 from 1-2 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. This event, which is free and open to the public, is the kickoff for the 2001-02 International Mondays' lecture series. Light refreshments will be served.

Wing will discuss the recent terrorist attacks on the United States and constructive responses on a personal, community, and national level.

Wing is the Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law at the UI College of Law, where she has taught since 1987. She is part of the International and Comparative Law program and teaches human rights and comparative law subjects. She has been a specialist in the Middle East for 19 years. Prior to joining the College of Law faculty in 1987, Wing spent five years in practice in New York City with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and with Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Leiberman, specializing in international law issues regarding Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. She also served as a representative to the United Nations for the National Conference of Black Lawyers.

A student of French, Portuguese, and Swahili, Wing has traveled widely and served on delegations to Angola, Cuba, Egypt, Grenada, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Palestine, Panama, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. In addition, she has conducted research in China, Hong Kong, Brazil and London.

Wing has been a consultant to the United Nations, for several years served as a constitutional advisor to the African National Congress, organized an election-observer delegation to South Africa, and has taught at the University of Western Cape for five summers. She also has served as an advisor to the Palestinian Legislative Council relative to Palestine's future constitutional options and as an advisor to the Eritrean Ministry of Justice on human rights treaties.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.