The University of Iowa

2000: Violence: Shredding Social Fabrics, Destroying Global Health

April 14-16, 2000

Conference Sponsors

Center for International Rural and Environmental Health
Environmental Health Science Research Center
Iowa Medical Society
Global Studies
Student Health Service
University Iowa Human Rights Center
University of Northern Iowa, Global Health Corps
Vice President for Research
Associate Provost for Health Sciences3

Conference Goal

Conference participants will explore the many manifestations of private and workplace violence as reflections of the dominant public culture of violence. They will then examine creative and novel recommendations for reversing the epidemic. The conference was divided up into five panels, each panel covering a specific topic. Time for questions and discussion was provided. There were four break-out sessions, during which participants and speakers split up into smaller groups to facilitate further discussion on topics of interest to students and other participants.

Conference Objectives

  • be able to recognize the many hidden forms of domestic violence at home and abroad,
  • be able to identify at least 5 categories of dangerous worker situations often overlooked in national labor statistics,
  • be able to discuss the significance of social co-factors in promoting situations of domestic and workplace violence,
  • be able to discuss the importance of regional and international weapons development and trade on promoting and sustaining situations of domestic, workplace, and international violence,
  • be able to access at least 10 different local and regional educational and academic programs and NGOs working to identify, respond to and end domestic, workplace, and international violence.

Guest Faculty

Annanya Battacharje
Revson Fellow Columbia University
New York, NY

Jeremy Brigham, Ph.D.
Iowan's Against Gun Violence
Cedar Rapids, IA

Dorothy Counts, Ph.D.
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Deborah Fink, Ph.D.
Anthropology, Iowa State University
Ames, IA

Susan Koch
Vice President Academic Affairs
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

Chi Okafor, R.N., Ph.D.
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

University of Iowa Faculty

Melanie Dreher, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Nursing

Laurence Fuortes, M.D.
Associate Professor,
Occupational and Enviromental Health

Anne Hardgrove, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, History

Rex Honey, Ph.D.
Associated Professor, Geography
Director of Global Health studies

John Lundell
Deputy Director, Injury Prevention Research Center

Mac Marshall, Ph.D.
Professor, Anthropology

Maureen McCue, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Global Health Studies Program

James Merchant, M.D., Dr. P.H.
Dean, College of Public Health

Susan Murty, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Social Work

Jael Silliman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Women Studies