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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Dec. 2, 1999

Paulos to discuss Ethio-Eritrean conflict at Foreign Relations Council Dec. 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Afeworki Paulos, interim director of the University of Iowa African Studies Program, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Thursday, Dec. 9. His presentation, "Political Instability in the Horn of Africa: the Ethio-Eritrean Conflict," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rockwell Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. It is open to the public.

In addition to serving as interim director of the African Studies Program, Paulos is a full-time International Studies Bibliographer at the UI Libraries. He has taught African politics and international relations at the University of Virginia and Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va.

Paulos was born in Eritrea and lived in Ethiopia and Ghana. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Ghana at Legon. He has earned two master's degrees from Northern Michigan University -- in public administration and in educational counseling. He received a Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University.

The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Tuesday, Dec. 7. New Pioneer Co-Op will cater the meal, and the cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. 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, Dec. 10, following the noon news. Paulos's presentation is co-sponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from Prairie Lights Books and Blank & McCune the Real Estate Company.

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 University of Iowa 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 in order 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.

ICFRC is part of UI International Programs, which consist 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.