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Coming to Campus

- October 23, 2006

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

Those who wish to submit items for this section should send a brief description (maximum 300 words) of the event, including the date, time, and place, and giving the name, title, outstanding accomplishments and, if available, a color photo of the speaker to: Visiting Speaker, Advance, 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4144 or by e-mail: advance@uconn.edu, with Visiting Speaker in the subject line.

The information must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Publication will depend on space available, and preference will be given to events of interest to a cross-section of the University community.

Indonesian human rights official to speak Oct. 26

Hafid Abbas, director general for human rights protection in the Republic of Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country and third largest democracy, will deliver a lecture titled "Action Plan for Human Rights from the Heart of the Islamic World" on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Class of '47 Meeting Room, Homer Babbidge Library.

Abbas is the architect of one of the most extensive education action plans in human rights anywhere in the world.

His vision for Indonesia and Asia is rooted in a culture of human rights, participatory democracy, and proactive intervention in conflict, and he is convinced that these are critical components in constructively addressing the roots of terrorism.

He is regarded as one of Asia's most effective and persistent peace-builders.

The lecture is sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the Human Rights Institute, and the Office of International Affairs.  

Modern-day slavery to be topic of day-long conference, Nov. 3

"Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery: Working with Victims, Working for Change" is the topic of a day-long conference at the School of Social Work on Friday, Nov. 3.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Zachs Community Room.

The conference will examine modern-day slavery in the United States, with a particular focus on efforts to prevent trafficking and assist victims in Connecticut and the surrounding region.

Keynote speaker Micheline Slattery is a survivor of trafficking. She was born to a prominent political family in Haiti, and became a slave after being orphaned at the age of five.

She was subjected to nine years of brutal beatings and exhausting chores by her extended family before she was trafficked to Connecticut at the age of fourteen.

Slattery now speaks throughout New England about her years in servitude. She has testified before the Massachusetts General Assembly and addressed several conferences.

She has also been featured on radio and television, including New England Cable News, and in newspapers including The Hartford Courant.

For more information and to register, visit http:/web.uconn.edu/cisws or call 860-570-9145.

Those who attend the conference are required to park in the visitor parking lots on Trout Brook Drive.  

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