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Rex Honey to Present During Geography Awareness Week

November 10, 2004

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MACOMB, IL - - Rex Honey, professor and associate director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Iowa, will present "Child Labor and International Human Rights: Implementing ILO Convention 182" Monday, Nov. 15 as part of the Western Illinois University Geography Awareness Week activities. The 7:30 p.m. presentation, open free to the public, will be held in the University Union Sandburg Theatre.

Child labor is a controversial component of the global economy. International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 182 is designed to eradicate child labor globally. Honey will explain Convention 182, how it is being implemented and the geography of resistance to its implementation.

Honey is a political geographer interested in the consequences of public policy, including the justice and human rights consequences. He has been active in several national and international organizations including the Association of American Geographers (AAG), National Council for Geographic Education and International Geographical Union (IGU).

He has served as secretary of the IGU Commission on Geography and Public Policy and is currently the secretary of the West Lakes division of the AAG. He has received Fulbright awards in New Zealand, Nigeria and India and has widely published his research conducted on five of the seven continents. His most recent publication, a chapter in “Geographies and Moralities” edited by Roger Lee and David Smith, discussed the cultural struggles over human rights in Nigeria.

For more information, contact Western’s geography department at 309/298-1648.

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