CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: This release is being distributed a second
time because it incorrectly reported the date of the meeting when originally
released on March 16.
Alcohol abuse prevention expert to speak in Iowa City March 31
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Alan Berkowitz, an expert in alcohol abuse prevention,
will talk in Iowa City Tuesday, March 31 about effective ways to reduce
binge drinking. The event, which will be at 1 p.m. at First National Bank
in downtown Iowa City, is free and open to the public. Members of the
Iowa City Schools Districtwide Parents Organization and the steering committee
of the Stepping Up Project will also attend the meeting.
Berkowitz has written and lectured extensively on the topics of alcohol
and other drug use and abuse in higher education and the development of
sexual assault prevention programs. His research has primarily focused
on the role of peer influences in alcohol and other drug use and on men's
responsibility for preventing sexual assault. He frequently serves as
a consultant to help colleges and universities.
He earned his doctorate in psychology from Cornell University in 1981
and is a New York State licensed psychologist. He is currently scholar-in-residence
at the University of Scranton. Previously, he was director of the Counseling
Center and professor of psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
While in Iowa City, Berkowitz will also be meeting with several University
of Iowa groups, including UI Residence Halls, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic
councils, men's and women's athletics, faculty, and members of the UI Diversity
Sponsors of his visit are the UI Education Program Office, Health Iowa/Student
Health Service, Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils, the Lecture Committee,
Men's and Women's Athletics, Residence Services, the Rape Victim Advocacy
Program, and the Stepping Up Project.