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Women’s Rights are Human Rights

As a strong global leader, the United States needs to step up and defend the rights of women. The U.S. has not taken a global stance on equality for men and women because it has yet to ratify CEDAW – the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

“Green urbanism: The new face of Paris in the 21st century” (video)

Lucie Laurian is Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning. Her research focuses on environmental planning, from the management of toxic sites to public participation in environmental decisions. She has recently published the first studies of Environmental Justice in France, and is currently writing about the urban transformations of Paris in the last decade.

UI Center for Human Rights cofounder Rex Honey dies

Almost 12 years ago, University of Iowa law professor Burns Weston called up his colleague Rex Honey, who was chair of the Global Studies program Weston had previously organized. Weston said he asked Honey if his office, which at the time was in the old law school building, had an extra desk and phone jack. Honey said it did. Then Weston, who organized a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the year before, asked Honey if they could put a sign on his door that said Center for Human Rights. “That’s how it started,” Weston said. “That’s what we did.”

Disappearance of language programs

It is particularly unsettling to hear of the decision at the State University of New York in Albany to suspend admissions to the B.A. programs in French, Italian, and Russian, as well as Classics and Theatre. In our world of 2010, with so many global exchanges in higher education and throughout the business world, it has never been more important for our students to understand multi-cultural perspectives.