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Oct. 9, 2006

Antiterrorism Policy In U.S. Focus Of Oct. 16 International Mondays Lecture

Mark Sidel, professor of law and faculty scholar in the University of Iowa College of Law, will present a talk on "Dangerous Charities? Antiterrorism Policy and the Nonprofit Sector in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada after September 11" at the Oct. 16 International Mondays lecture. The lecture will be held in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

According to Sidel, since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, charities, non-governmental organizations, foundations and other nonprofits have come under pressure in a number of countries that are concerned about the financing of terrorism. In some countries, nonprofit organizations have been viewed as a key conduit of financial resources to terrorist groups. Government policies toward the nonprofit sector have differed significantly from country to country, however, as governments seek to halt terrorist financing while maintaining the vitality of civil society. This talk, drawn from current research partly funded by International Programs, will explore government constraints on the nonprofit sector since Sept. 11 in the United States, the UK and Canada and responses from the charitable sector.

Sidel teaches and writes about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, comparative law and human trafficking. In 2005-06, he served as visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School. Sidel is currently working on a book on the effects of post-September 11 anti-terrorism policy on the nonprofit sector in the United States and several other countries.

UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Support Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library sponsor this International Mondays lecture.

For more information on this lecture, the International Mondays lecture series or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or

International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Erin Vaughn