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May 6, 2010

At A Glance

Seven students receive summer 2010 Cmiel-Funded Human Rights Internships

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) has awarded seven students a total of $15,000 on behalf of the annual Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program. The funds will support their internships for human rights organizations in the United States or abroad in the summer 2010.

Lauren Levy, Farai Marazi, Kathleen Miller, Nathan Rourke, Sara Rourke, Matthew A. Rysavy and Andrew P. Saito all received funding.

Program funds cover travel and living expenses for students who have secured an internship with a local, national or international nongovernmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights-related advocacy, research or education.

This internship program, established in 2005, is named to honor the late director of the UICHR, Kenneth J. Cmiel. Cmiel was a faculty member in the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an internationally renowned scholar of the history of human rights.

The Cmiel Internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students and are made possible by a donation from the Stanley family, the gifts of other private donors and UI International Programs.

For information visit or contact Liz Crooks, UICHR secretary, at 319-335-3900 or


Movies@MNH explores 'The Life of Birds' May 9

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Movies@MNH series continues Sunday, May 9, with a free public showing of "To Fly or Not to Fly?" from the PBS "The Life of Birds" series. The film will be shown at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium.

The film follows Sir David Attenborough as he travels around the world to seek evidence for the evolution of flight. From the Galapagos Islands to New Zealand, species of birds today model characteristics of their ancestors that provide clues to the environmental forces that shaped their evolution.

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


Gender, sexuality and human rights undergraduate poster session May 11

University of Iowa undergraduate students who will graduate this spring will present their research during a poster session highlighting serious topics such as sex trafficking and sexual violence in war from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The UI Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, the UI Department of History and the UI Center for Human Rights are sponsoring the session.

Sample topics include sex trafficking, migration and asylum rights for sexual minorities, the ‘achievement gap’ in education, sexual violence in war and domestic abuse.

The UI Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and the UI Department of History are both part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The UICHR is part of International Programs at the UI.

For more information, contact Laura Kastens at or 319-335-0322.


Iowa Hall anniversary, Rusty's birthday party to be held May 11

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is hosting a family-friendly birthday party for Rusty, the giant ground sloth replica, from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. The birthday celebration marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of Iowa Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will include birthday cake, a costume contest and the unveiling of Rusty's new costume.

Party participants will have an opportunity to see and touch real fossils and artifacts. Also, original plans and dioramas from the development of Iowa Hall will be on display throughout the day.

For museum information, visit, or call 319-335-0606. To receive email news from the museum please visit


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