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

Release: Immediate

Palestinian writer to speak about peace in his native land

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Palestinian fiction writer Mahmoud Shuqair will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Thursday, Nov. 19 about the prospects for peace in Palestine. His presentation, "Palestine Today: What Chance for Peace?", begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City and is open to the public.

Shuqair is a participant in the University of Iowa International Writing Program. He has published several books of fiction for adults and children and is currently working on a novel, "Al-Madina Thatafajren Ba'Id (The City of Faraway Dawn)." He is also writing an autobiography as well as scripts for five television series.

Shuqair is the chief editor of Dafater Thaqafieh (Cultural Notebook) and director general in the department of literature at the Ministry of Culture in Ramallah. His participation in the International Writing Program is sponsored by the United States Information Agency.

The deadline to register for Shuqair's presentation is Tuesday, Nov. 17. 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. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Friday, Nov. 20, 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.

11/11/98