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UHA January 2004 Newsletter
   January 1, 2004


UHA NEWS - Volume 5, Number 1* January 2004

Albany Law School Welcomes Spring '04 Stoneman Visiting Professor

Dianne Otto Comes to UHA Campus from University of Melbourne

Dianne Otto, associate professor of law at the University of Melbourne, joins Albany Law School this semester as the 2004 Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor of Law and Democracy. She will teach both  International Human Rights Law and Women and War, a unique class exploring the links between war, women and inequitable social and economic conditions.
    A professor at the University of Melbourne since 1994, Otto’s research and publications focus on international human rights law and legal theory.
    She also has worked in the area of advocacy and community development, with young homeless people, domestic violence survivors and people with psychiatric disabilities and as a national coordinator for Amnesty International Australia.
    She holds an LL.M. from the University of Melbourne and Columbia University and she is a JSD candidate at Columbia.
    The Kate Stoneman Endowed Visiting Professorship of Law and Democracy was created to attract distinguished scholars and practitioners to instruct and inspire new generations of students in law and democracy.  Albany Law School continues the legacy of Kate Stoneman, who was the first woman admitted to the New York State Bar in 1886, and the first female graduate of Albany Law School in 1898.
    Past Stoneman Professors include Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, South African Constitutional Court; Penelope Andrews, professor of law, City University of New York School of Law at Queens College; and Martha Davis, associate professor of law, Northeastern University School of Law (formerly legal director, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund).


Sage's Foreign Film Series Returns

Amelie, a French film, will be presented Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in Schacht Fine Arts Center (Art Wing B) on Sage’s Troy campus. Three other foreign films will be shown Feb. 26, March 25, and April 29. For more information, call (518)244-2237.

"Europe and Islam" Subject of Sage's Philosophy Forum

The Sage Colleges presents the annual Philosophy Forum on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. on the topic of “Europe and Islam: The Example of Andalusian Spain 711-1492.” The presenters are Nicolas Hernandez, associate professor of Spanish at Sage, and Rolf Ahlers, Reynolds Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Sage. The lecture will be held in the Kellas Formal Lounge in Kellas Hall on the Russell Sage campus in Troy. For more information, call (518)244-2322.

Thoughts from the Executive Director

"Progress has its own pace, and it is sometimes surprising to see where we are and how far we have come. UHA’s visionaries dreamed of an academic/medical consortium of international stature in the Capital Region. As we decided that the Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor of Law and Democracy warranted the front page of this month’s newsletter, we realized that her presence at the law school this semester embodies the shared vision of quality education and international stature."



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