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Oct. 25, 2007

Series of panels to discuss immigration from a human rights perspective

Immigration from a human rights perspective will be the focus of three panel discussions taking place at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. The first panel discussion in the series will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Room 101 in the Becker Communication Studies Building on the UI campus, sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR).

Confirmed panelists for the Oct. 29 panel include Iowa State Sen. Joe Bolkcom; Shelton Stromquist, professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS); Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek; and UI alumna Elisa Rojas-Cardona, who graduated in May 2007 with a UI bachelor's degree in international studies and political science.

The panel, "Immigration: Human Rights in our Neighborhood," will place the issue of immigration in the United States in a more local context. Each panelist will explain the impact of immigration from his or her own perspective. The aim is to educate the audience on some of the realities of immigration in this country and to discuss the relationship between human rights and immigration policy.

"The panelists represent a diverse array of interests with regard to immigration and immigration policy," said Amy Weismann, UICHR deputy director. "By providing a forum to share their personal and professional experiences with immigration, we hope to promote discussion about the human dimension of this complex phenomenon."

For more information or to request special accommodations to attend this panel, call the UICHR at 319-335-3900.

Additional panel discussions in this series will take place at ISU on Nov. 6 and UNI on Nov. 14. The ISU event is co-sponsored by the ISU Amnesty International Student Organization. The UNI panel is co-sponsored by the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration and the Iowa Center on Health Disparities.

The UICHR is part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa 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 UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Amy Weismann, International Programs, 319-335-0483,; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Writer: Molly Toomey