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Gail Sheehy keynote speaker at Women's Health Conference (Released: 9/26/95)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. --- Author and human rights activist Gail Sheehy will give the keynote address at the University of Connecticut s third annual Women s Health Conference Oct. 16.

The conference, Women, Health and Human Rights, will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Jorgensen Auditorium in conjunction with the opening of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the year of events that will follow with the theme Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

Sheehy, who has written 11 books including Pathfinders and The Silent Passage, will discuss her latest book, New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time, and her work on behalf of refugee women and children at 3:15 p.m. Autographed copies of Sheehy s new book will be for sale at the UConn Co-op bookstore.

Anne H. Flitcraft, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center and co-director of Connecticut s Domestic Violence Training Project will lecture on Women and Violence at 4:15 p.m.

At 5 p.m., Meredith Harris, an associate professor and acting chair of the physical therapy department at Northeastern University, will present Abuse? A Human Rights Issue for Children. Harris has worked with infants and children who have developmental disabilities due to HIV infection, physical abuse, or who are addicted to drugs because their mothers took drugs during pregnancy. Her presentation will include slides of her work. Harris is a graduate of UConn's School of Allied Health.

A panel discussion, What We Can Do For Women, Health, and Human Rights takes place at 7 p.m., introduced by U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd and moderated by Myra Hindus, director of the Women s Center at UConn.

Cindy Adams, associate dean of allied health and coordinator of the program, says tickets are selling quickly and encourages people to order before they sell out. She expects 700 participants. Last year's conference on breast cancer attracted 500 people.

CIGNA HealthCare has underwritten part of this year's conference, which has helped lower the registration fee, Adams said. The dinner will be prepared by the Mansfield Depot restaurant.

Registration is $20 for the general public and $5 for students. The fee covers program materials and dinner. Registration deadline is Oct. 10. To register, call 1-800-622-9905 in Connecticut or (860) 486-4905.

For program information, call Lori (Schiavone) Capraro at (860) 486- 4262.

Orders for autographed copies of Sheehy's latest book may be placed by calling Suzy Staubach at (860) 486-5027. Books may be picked up after the conference on Oct. 16.

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