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Local radio producer to speak to foreign relations council about
International Criminal Court
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For many years human rights advocates have been working
to persuade the United Nations to establish an International Criminal Court
to prosecute those who commit crimes of international concern, including
systematic human rights violations carried out by agents of some governments.
Last summer all U.N. delegations were invited to send representatives to
Rome for a diplomatic conference about the creation of a permanent International
Keith Porter, a local radio producer whose show "Common Ground"
airs on more than 100 public radio stations across the country, attended
the conference as a reporter and will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council (ICFRC) about what he learned. His presentation, "Behind the
Scenes at the International Criminal Court Conference," is Tuesday,
Sept. 15 at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30
N. Clinton St, Iowa City. The program is open to the public.
Porter regularly reports on world affairs on his weekly radio program
"Common Ground," which he has worked on for 10 years. Based on
his experience at the conference, he is producing a three-part radio program
on the court, including the role of non-governmental organizations in the
court's creation and the new protections against crime that the court would
provide for women.
"Common Ground" has been produced and supported by The Stanley
Foundation since 1980. It airs locally on WSUI-AM (910).
Porter's lecture to the ICFRC is a "soup seminar" with soup,
salad, and bread from the New Pioneer Co-op. Reservations are $4.50 for
ICFRC members and $5.50 for non-members and guests and must be received
in the ICFRC office by Friday, September 11. Checks can 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 telephone but last minute adjustments may be made.
For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Wednesday,
Sept. 16, 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
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.