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Sri Lankan scholar to discuss 'Travails of an Asian Democracy'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Karuna Dharmadasa of Sri Lanka will discuss "Sri
Lanka: The Travails of an Asian Democracy" on Friday, March 21, at
the Foreign Relations Council.
The meeting will be at noon at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton
St. The event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council
(ICFRC) and the University of Iowa Center for International and Comparative
Studies (CICS). This program is presented in part with the support of
First National Bank.
A lunch will be provided by New Pioneer Co-Op, featuring a choice of
shrimp creole with race pilaf or eggplant roulade served on angel hair
pesto pasta, as well as a salad of tossed greens and fresh bakehouse bread
with herb butter and a beverage. Reservations are $6 for ICFRC members
and $8 for non-members and need to be received at the ICFRC office by Wednesday,
March 19. 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 broadcast this program
Monday, March 24th, following the noon news.
Dharmadasa is one of five foreign scholars at the UI as part of the
International Forum for U.S. Studies, a three-year program made possible
by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, administered by CICS. The UI
was only one of six universities nationwide to receive this type of humanities
grant from the foundation.
Each spring from now until the spring of 1999, the forum is hosting
five distinguished foreign scholars to participate as forum fellows, so
that they may pursue research at the UI on American issues and culture.
Fellows are selected each year to further the goals of the forum, that
is to promote scholarship by non-U.S. scholars on social and cultural issues
shaping or affecting the U.S.
A senior professor of Sinhalese at The University of Peradeniya and
theeditor-in-chief of the Sinhala Encyclopedia, Dharmadasa has combined
his academic work with extensive national service, including service on
the Official Language Commission of the Republic of Sri Lanka. His interests
range from the sociology of language, to religious and cultural history
to tribal culture and writing song lyrics.
Long involved with the debate concerning the establishment of a national
language in Sri Lanka, Dharmadasa is turning his expertise to the current
controversy over the establishment of a national language while he is a
fellow with the International Forum for U.S. Studies at the UI.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association
of persons interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy and world
affairs. The goal of the group is to provide members with the opportunity
to hear about many of the experts who visit the UI campus and the Iowa
City/Cedar Rapids area, in order to increase interest in and knowledge
about world affairs and international understanding.
From September to June, the ICFRC hosts approximately two meetings per
month from noon to 1 p.m. These meeting times allow for participation by
business, professional and academic persons as well as other area residents.
One meeting is a catered luncheon and speech, held in a convenient downtown
location. The other meeting is an informal "Sack Lunch Seminar"
featuring UI faculty or other area specialists. The format of these seminars
allows for the lively exchange of ideas between presenters and attendees.
ICFRC currently has 180 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.