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

Release: Dec. 28, 1999

Leach to discuss future of Test Ban Treaty at Jan. 8 Foreign Relations Council

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- First District Congressman Jim Leach (R-IA) will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Mercantile Bank Atrium, 204 East Washington St., Iowa City. His topic will be "Disarmament Today: The Future of the Test Ban Treaty."

Leach has represented the First District of Iowa since 1977. Currently, he is chair of the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services as well as a member of the Committee on International Relations. In 1971-72, as a Foreign Service officer, he was assigned to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, serving as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and as a delegate to the Geneva Disarmament Conference.

He earned his B.A. degree (cum laude) in political science from Princeton University and an M.A. degree in Soviet Politics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Monday, Jan. 10, following the noon news.

New Pioneer Co-Op will cater the meal accompanying Leach's speech. The cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. The event is open to the public on a space available basis. The event is co-sponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from Mercantile Bank.

The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Thursday, Jan. 6. 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 phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

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 at catered luncheons, as dinners or as evening desserts.

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.

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