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

Release: Immediate

Iowa City resident to speak on myths and facts about Cuba

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Lazara Alseiro Pittman, who was born in Cuba, raised in Miami, and now lives in Iowa City, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Friday, Jan. 16, on the topic "Cuba: Myth and Fact."

Pittman immigrated to the United States in 1968 with her parents and her younger brother. She first came to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa College of Law, from which she was graduated in 1987. After her graduation, she returned to Miami and opened her own law practice, specializing in areas of family and immigration law. Pittman returned to Iowa City in 1997 with her husband and her six-year-old son, and she is currently writing her first novel about Cuba.

The program will begin at noon at Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. and is open to the public.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Monday, Jan. 19 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 wide participation 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.

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