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

Release: Immediate

Two perspectives on Kosovo crisis to be discussed with foreign relations council

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Marta Cullberg Weston and Ibrahim "Ebi" Gashi will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Thursday, Dec. 3 about the crisis in the war-torn province of Kosovo in Yugoslavia. Their presentation, "The Kosovo Crisis from Two Perspectives," begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City and is open to the public.

Weston is a clinical psychologist who has been actively involved in the prevention of international warfare and conflicts. She is an expert in the psychological aspects of ethnic tensions. She will discuss her current research and her November trip to Kosovo.

Gashi, who was born and raised in Kosovo, is pursuing a master's degree in journalism and mass communication at the UI. He has taught English and worked for the U.S. Information Service in Yugoslavia. He left Kosovo this past summer to enroll in the UI's journalism program.

The New Pioneer Deli will cater the "soup supper" and the cost is $4.50 for members and $5.50 for non-members. There is no charge for those who do not wish to share the meal. 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 phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Friday, Dec. 4, 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.

ICFRC is part of 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.

12/2/98