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International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
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e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Aug. 24, 1999

IWP co-founder to reminisce on program at ICFRC kickoff Aug. 31

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) co-founder Hualing Nieh Engle will present "Reminiscences of the International Writing Program" Tuesday, Aug. 31 to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC).

This kickoff event for the 1999-2000 lecture series will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City and is open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from Iowa State Bank & Trust Company and A.W. Welt Ambrisco Insurance.

Engle, who was born in central China, co-founded the IWP with her husband, poet Paul Engle, in 1967. She directed the IWP for 10 years after Paul Engle's retirement. She is the author of more than 20 books, including short story collections, novels, and essays as well as English and Chinese translations.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Nanking University and an MFA from the UI. She taught modern literature at Taiwan National University and was the first person to teach creative writing in Chinese in Taiwan. Before retiring as emerita professor, she taught literature and translation at the UI. In 1997, Engle received the International Citizenship Award from the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

A world traveler, Engle is a frequent lecturer at universities in North America, Europe and Asia. She recently devoted her writing time toward the completion of Paul Engle's memoirs, while working on her own novels.

Taste of China will cater the meal. The cost is $6.50 for members and $8 for non-members. The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon on Monday, Aug. 30. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. 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 Wednesday, Sept. 1, 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.

Meetings are scheduled from August to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow as wide a participation as possible from the business community, other professionals, the community at large and students, faculty and staff from the university. Meetings are scheduled as catered luncheons, as dinners, or as evening desserts.

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.

ICFRC currently has approximately 200 members. To join the ICFRC, annual membership fees are as follows: general member's dues - $50; household of two persons - $75; and student/visiting scholar - $20.

For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351.