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

Release: Immediate

Professor to speak about relationship between European Union and Middle East

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- What role can the European Union play in helping to advance the Middle East peace process?

Thomas Philipp, a professor from Friedrich Alexander Universitat, Erlangen in Bavaria, Germany, will shed light on this and other questions about the developing relationship between the countries in the EU and those in the Middle East in a March 26 lecture sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC). Philipp's lecture, "The European Union and the Middle East," will begin at noon at Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., and is open to the public.

Philipp, who teaches the politics and history of the Middle East, has been a visiting professor and scholar at Harvard and Princeton Universities as well as Dartmouth College. He received his bachelor's degree from Hebrew University, Jerusalem and earned his doctorate in Islamic Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has published seven books and numerous articles on the politics and history of the Middle East.

For those unable to attend the lecture, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Friday, March 27, following the noon news. For more information, contact the council at (319) 335-0335.

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.

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