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

Release: Immediate

Women in contemporary Turkey is topic of foreign relations council lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Turkish fiction writer Erendiz Atasu Sayron will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "Women in Contemporary Turkey" Tuesday, Nov. 10. Her presentation begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. and is open to the public.

Sayron is a participant in the University of Iowa International Writing Program. She has published four collections of short stories, which explore issues of feminism and gender, and her first novel, "Dagin Oteki Yuzu (The Other Side of the Mountain)" was published in 1996. That novel won the prestigious Orhan Kemal Prize in Turkey and is currently being translated into English.

Sayron currently works as a freelance writer, but was formerly a professor of pharmacy at Ankara University. Her participation in the International Writing Program is sponsored by the United States Information Agency.

The deadline to register for Sayron's presentation is Monday, Nov. 9. The New Pioneer Co-op will cater the lunch, and the cost is $4.50 for members and $5.50 for non-members. There is no charge for those who bring their own lunches. Checks may 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. Reservations will not be taken by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Wednesday, Nov. 11, 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.

11/5/98