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Nobel Peace Prize laureate to speak in Iowa City, kicking off the UI's 2016 lecture series

Kailash Satyarthi has Iowa ties

Courtesy Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Courtesy Kailash Satyarthi Kailash Satyarthi Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and global advocate against child labor and slavery Kailash Satyarthi will speak at the University of Iowa Tuesday, kicking off the UI’s 2016 lecture series.

Satyarthi, a human rights activist from India, won the Peace Prize in 2014, alongside Pakistani activist Malala Yousafazi, for his work combating child labor and slavery. He has led the rescue of more than 80,000 child slaves and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation.

He also has led many organizations in their efforts to fight child labor around the world.

He has Iowa ties — former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and University of Iowa law professor Lea VanderVelde co-nominated him to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the body that distributes the Peace Prize. Harkin first met Satyarthi in 1991, and in 1999 Harkin visited Satyarthi’s ashram in India, a center where children rescued from bondage learn skills to reintegrate into society.

When Satyarthi’s life was threatened because of his work, Harkin invited him to come stay in Iowa City. That visit led to Satyarthi’s daughter Asmita enrolling in the University of Iowa from 2005 to 2008.

His lecture, at 6 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, is free and open to the public.

Other lectures in the series will include:

Melissa Fleming, “How to Help Refugees Rebuild Their World,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol building, 1 N. Clinton St., Iowa City

As head of communications and chief spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming leads communications efforts around the globe. Operating in 120 countries, UNHCR provides shelter and help for more than 30 million people who have fled wars and persecution.


In this role, Fleming has introduced strategic communication planning designed to have more impact on the varied audiences, which include media, donors, governments and refugees themselves.

loe Ehrmann, “Healthy Masculinity from the InSideOut,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City

Joe Ehrmann has been a speaker, author, activist and coach for more than 35 years. A player in the National Football League for 10 years, his book, “InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives,” explains how to become a transformational coach, changing lives and society by helping to develop healthy men and women.

He also is the subject of New York Times Best-Seller, “Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, A Journey to Manhood.”

Ted Waitt, Oct. 20, location to be decided

Ted Waitt is the founder and chairman of the Waitt Foundation. At 22, he co-founded Gateway 2000 Inc., where he helped pioneer the direct marketing of personal computers.

Labeled a maverick by national business publications, he became a Fortune 500 chief executive officer and member of the Forbes 400 by the time he was about 30 years old.


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