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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Former BBC correspondent kicks off 1997-98 ICFRC series Sept. 4

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former BBC correspondent Philip Short will speak on "Hong Kong and China: Capitalist carbuncle or matrix for the future?" Thursday, Sept. 4, at the University Athletic Club, 1360 Melrose Ave.

A cash bar will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and Short's speech.

The event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and the University of Iowa International Programs. This is the first of a two-part kickoff event for the 1997-98 ICFRC series. This program is presented in part with support from Iowa State Bank and Trust.

Short, originally of Bristol, England, is a veteran journalist, who has worked for the past 24 years as a BBC correspondent. He most recently covered the July 1 transition of Hong Kong from British colonial rule to rule by the People's Republic of China. He has worked as a correspondent based out of Moscow, Beijing, Paris, Tokyo and, most recently, Washington, D.C.

Prior to his career as a BBC correspondent, Short worked as a freelance journalist for the BBC, the Associated Press, Time magazine, The Financial Times and many others, based in Blantyre, Malawi, as well as a freelance journalist in Uganda.

Short, who has studied natural sciences and English literature at the University of Cambridge, is also the author of two books, "Bands," - a biography of President Hastings Banda of Malawi, and "The Dragon and the Bear," a comparison between the Soviet Union after Stalin and China after the death of Mao.

Short is visiting the University of Iowa from fall 1997 to spring 1998 as a Distinguished Visiting Professional thanks to a National Resource Center (NCR) grant through UI International Programs and the College of Liberal Arts. He will be in residence at the International Center in the fall, teaching a course for The Third World Development Support Program and in residence in the spring at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Reservations are $13.50 for ICFRC members and $14.50 for non-members and guests and need to be received at the ICFRC office by Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351.

They are unable to take reservations by telephone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Friday, Sept. 5, following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

Meetings are scheduled from September to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow as wide a participation as possible from the business community, other professionals, the community at large and students, faculty and staff from the university.

Meetings are scheduled at catered luncheons, as dinners or evening desserts or as "Sack Lunch Seminars."

ICFRC is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

ICFRC currently has approximately 200 members. To join the ICFRC, annual membership fees are as follows: general member's dues - $50; household of two persons, $75; and student/visiting scholar - $20.

8/25/97

(Note to editors: If you are interested in writing a feature on Philip Short, please call Lois Gray, UI International Programs media specialist, at 335-2026. Short's speech will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m.)