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

Release: Immediate

Mexican labor, politics of Neo-Liberalism set as topic of May 13 lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Snodgrass, a visiting instructor in the University of Iowa department of history, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Wednesday, May 13 about the challenges faced by Mexico's urban industrial workers since the early 1980s when the government began privatizing state-owned industries and eliminating trade barriers.

His presentation, "Mexican Labor and the Politics of Neo-Liberalism," will begin at noon in the Fellowship Hall of Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St. The program is free and open to the public.

The focus of his discussion will be the role played by organized labor and the limits that workers face when attempting to create independent unions in collaboration with North American trade unionists. At the UI, Snodgrass has taught a number of courses relating to the Mexican labor situation and Mexican history.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday, May 14, 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 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 a 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.

5/6/98