UI Center for Human Rights

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights in the College of Law sponsors the Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize each year, awarding prizes to one undergraduate and one graduate or professional school student. This year’s deadline is 5pm on Friday, December 19, 2014.

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Darryl Montana, Big Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indian tribe, will be featured in an upcoming panel discussion on “Festival Arts, Carnival, and Community Development.” The event is free and open to the public and will take place Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.

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For two survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the possibility to bear witness relied on their mutual ability to take a camera, to shoot back, and edit an unprecedented representation of themselves as witnesses and survivors. Alexandre Dauge-Roth of Bates College will present “Auto-Documenting the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda: The Testimonial Encounter within the Cinema of Me” on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall.

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The UI Center for Human Rights sponsors the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize, which honors the fine work of University of Iowa students and the lifetime work of Professor Burns H. Weston of the College of Law. The deadline for the 2013 Weston Essay Prize competition has been extended to December 20, 2013.

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John Manning, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the UI, introduces the Series on Arts and Rights, or “SOAR,” program in this Press-Citizen commentary. John will join others on the season opener of WorldCanvass Friday, Sept. 20, when the topic is “The Arts as Vocabulary.”

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Jacqueline Asiimwe, a social justice and political rights activist from Uganda, will give a presentation at the University of Iowa Monday, Sept. 23, on “The Black Monday Movement: Re-energizing the Fight Against Official Corruption in Uganda.” Her talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of the University Capitol Centre, Room 2390.

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The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host a special forum on the conflict in Syria titled "Intervention in Syria: Law, Ethics, and Policy" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Conference Room 2520D on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre in the Old Capitol Town Center.

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The UI Center for Human Rights in the College of Law has released the 37th Human Rights Index, featuring alarming statistics on sex trafficking worldwide. In the United States alone, an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. each year, the vast majority in severe ways.

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Welcome to the 2013-14 academic year! As I do at the beginning of every fall semester, I would like to share a few thoughts on the University’s progress in internationalization, and some specific projects and activities for the coming year.

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Summer 2013 turned out to be more exciting than normal for the law school’s study abroad program. Professor Adrien K. Wing fielded several obstacles that prevented students from following their original itinerary, but in the end the new program went through as if it had been planned for months rather than days.

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