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Oct. 10, 2003


Top Female Israeli Army Officer to Speak at UW-RF

The highest ranking woman officer of the Israeli Army will give two seminars at UW-River Falls on Monday, Nov. 3.

Lt. Gen. Orit Adato is will present a public address that evening. Details of that speech will be announced soon.

Adato also is the commissioner of the Israel Prison Service and serves actively with the International Prisons and Corrections Association. She is the first woman to hold the top prisons service position.

As commissioner, she has placed an emphasis on integrating security and treatment of prisoners, reinforcing ties with the community and handling the treatment of special prisoner populations, such as women, juveniles and sex offenders.

Adato earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Haifa, Israel, in education and administration and Israel studies. She received a master's degree in political science, also from the University of Haifa.

From 1994-1997, she commanded the National Training School for Women of the Israel Defence Forces. In 1997 she advanced to the rank of brigadier general and became head of the Women's Corps of the Israel Defence Forces.

The three-star general also is a member of the Israeli Prime Minister's committee for the advancement of women in society. She traveled to the United Nations in March, 1999 as a member of the Israeli delegation speaking for women's rights.

Adato will speak at an informal brown bag lunch seminar in Room 353 of Kleinpell Fine Arts at 11:30 a.m. Both seminars are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Steven Derfler at 715/425-0639.

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