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WRITER: FAIROUZ ABU-GHAZALEH
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Sept. 9, 1999

CIVIC visitors to discuss organized labor at Sept. 14 ICFRC event

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five international participants of a multi-regional project will visit Iowa City and speak on "Organized Labor and the Market Economy" at an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) supper meeting. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.

The group members are: Ruben Cortina, advisor, International Affairs Secretariat, Union of Commercial and Services Employees, Argentina; Aebhric McGibney, economist, Irish Business and Employers Confederation, Ireland; Ravindra Peiris, assistant secretary general, Employers Federation, Sri Lanka; Jinno Nkambule, deputy commissioner of labor, Government of Swaziland, Swaziland; and Abla Masrujeh, women's coordinator, Department of Women's Issues, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, West Bank (Palestine).

Taste of China will cater the meal at the ICFRC supper meeting. The cost is $6.50 for members and $8 for non-members. The deadline to register for the supper is noon on Monday, Sept. 13. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. ICFRC is unable to take reservations by phone but last-minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry this program Wednesday, Sept. 15, following the noon news.

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) and ICFRC are co-hosting the five visitors who will be in eastern Iowa Sept. 12-15 under the auspices of the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program.

The participants will also attend a plenary session of the Communications Workers of America District 7 Leadership Conference, organized by the Labor Center at the University of Iowa. The conference will be held Sept. 12-17 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Interviews with the visitors can be arranged. For more information or a complete itinerary, call Tom Baldridge, CIVIC and ICFRC executive director, at 335-0351.

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.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis. It is one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program (IVP). IVP is a professional exchange program administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Information Agency.

ICFRC and CIVIC are 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 teachers.