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Executive director of Amnesty International brings human rights message to UNI

April 2, 2003

Al Hays, director, graduate program in public policy, (319) 273-2910
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, will discuss 'Current Issues in Human Rights,' at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 14 in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performance Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa.

An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, he joined Amnesty International in 1994 after serving 15 years with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. He led the first visit by a member of the U.S. Congress to post-revolutionary Romania in January 1991. He also has worked in India with the Holdeen India Fund, which is dedicated to ending communal violence and encouraging empowerment of women. He led fact-finding missions to the Middle East and Northern Ireland, and an Amnesty mission to Liberia to investigate human rights violations committed during the civil war.

Schulz has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Communitarian Network, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Among his awards are the Harry S Truman Award for International Leadership from the Kansas City United Nations Association, and the 2002 Human Rights Award from Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

Schulz's address is sponsored by the UNI graduate program in public policy, the UNI chapter of Amnesty International, the UNI Department of Political Science, and the UNI Speakers Fund.

The address is free and open to the public.