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Feb. 26, 2007

Human Rights Activist To Speak About Cambodia Landmines March 5

Landmines still litter the landscape in Cambodia, with more than 40,000 Cambodians suffering amputations as a result of mine injuries since 1979. That represents an average of nearly 40 victims a week for a period of 20 years, according to estimates from the Cambodian Mine Action Center.

Alexis Bushnell of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will present "Landmine Work in Cambodia: Problems in the Field" at the next International Mondays lecture. She will speak from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 5 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Refreshments will be served. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bushnell will discuss her work with the Cambodian Mine Action Center in Phnom Penh, which was funded through the center's Kenneth J. Cmiel Human Rights Funded Internship Program. She will address landmine issues and problems facing non-governmental organizations in Cambodia.

Bushnell is a graduate of the UI, the University of Minnesota and the Zoryan Institute Program on Human Rights and Genocide. She is currently a program associate at the UI Center for Human Rights.

Students interested in learning more about the Human Rights Funded Internship Program can call the UI Center for Human Rights at 319-335-3900 or uichr@uiowa.edu before April 15. The program was named to honor the late Cmiel after his unexpected death in February 2006. Cmiel taught in the UI Department of History for 20 years and was an internationally renowned scholar on the history of human rights.

UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Support Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library are sponsoring 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 buffy-quintero@uiowa.edu

The lecture series will not be held on Monday, March 12 due to the UI Spring Break but will resume on Monday, March 19.

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 http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ 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: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026, joe-nugent@uiowa.edu; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345, buffy-quintero@uiowa.edu; Writer: Kate Casper.