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Release: March 14, 2002  

Renowned global scholar to visit UI as Ida Beam Distinguished Lecturer         
Richard A. Falk, an internationally respected expert on globalization, human rights, and issues of war and peace, will visit the University of Iowa March 27-30 as an Ida Beam Distinguished Lecturer. He will give several public lectures while on campus including, "The Future of Globalization amid the Shadows of Global Terror," at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in the Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Building.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.


Falk, who is currently a visiting professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, is also the Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus at Princeton University. His visit to the UI is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights.

            In addition to his primary lecture, Falk will also speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "Global Terrorism: A New Human Rights Challenge," at noon Wednesday, March 27, in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. This presentation is open to the public but requires advance registration and payment for the luncheon. For details contact ICFRC at 335-0351.

            In a lecture and luncheon with UI College of Law faculty and students, Falk will speak on "The Rise and Fall of the Nuremberg Approach: Pinochet, Milosevic, Sharon, and 9/11," from noon-2 p.m. Friday, March 29. On Thursday, March 28, he will speak to students in UI political science class on "Terror, Rhetoric, and Television."

            He will hold two discussions with UI students — one with education students on Thursday, March 28, focused on "Human Rights Education," and a second on Friday, March 29, with any students interested in talking about "U.S. Foreign Policy and Human Rights: The Darkness and the Light." Thursday's discussion is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 223N Lindquist Center, and Friday's discussion is scheduled for 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the International Center Lounge.

            In addition, Falk will participate in an interview/discussion on WSUI and also will meet informally with students, faculty, and other interested parties, including a group of local high school and college teachers, to discuss such topics as global education, child labor, the Vietnam war in historical perspective. 

            Falk counts among his many activities service on the editorial boards of "The Nation," "American Journal of International Law," and "Alternatives."  He also is a member of the editorial commission of World Politics, a member of the board of directors of the Fund for Open Information and Accountability, Inc., a member of the development advisory board of the Middle East Research and Information Project, and an advisory board member of the Kim Dae-Jung Peace Foundation for the Asia-Pacific Region, among others. He has given judicial and expert testimony in a number of high-profile cases, including for the well-known 1970's Pentagon Papers case.

            He has written more than 45 books, including his two most recent "Predatory Globalization—A Critique," in 1999, and "Human Rights Horizons: The Pursuit of Justice in a Globalizing World," in 2000. He also has contributed to countless other publications, and written hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed publications since 1959.

            "We are fortunate that Professor Falk will be on campus for four full days," said Burns H. Weston, the UICHR Director. "A prodigious legal and political scholar and the leading intellectual founder of the transdisciplinary discipline that is embodied in the UI's Global Studies Program, he is widely known as one of the world's foremost authorities on the dysfunctions of the international system relative to global peace, social justice, economic well-being, and ecological sustainability. Anyone who has not heard or read him before should not miss him now."

            Falk's Distinguished Lectureship is co-sponsored by the College of Education, the College of Law, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, and the Global Studies Program. For more information, please contact the UICHR at 335-3900 or send an email to uichr@uiowa.edu.