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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: March 30, 1999

Professor to speak about prospects for peace in Central Africa

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Rene Lemarchand, a professor of political science at the University of Florida, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Monday, April 5. His presentation, "Prospects for Peace in Central Africa: Ending Civil Strife in Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi," begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City and is open to the public.

Lemarchand has long been considered one of the foremost authorities on Rwanda and Burundi, as well as on ethnicity and genocide in Africa. For the past 35 years he has conducted research in this area and published books and articles about these countries, including his recent book Burundi: Ethnocide as Discourse and Practice. Lemarchand recently served as U.S. Governance Advisor in West Africa.

New Pioneer Deli 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 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.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Tuesday, April 6, 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.