CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 31, 2000
Lord Acton to address Foreign Relations Council Sept.
7 during kickoff
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard Lord Acton of Cedar Rapids
will speak on "The House of Lords in Transition" Thursday, Sept. 7 at the
Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) kickoff event for the 2000-2001
academic year. The event will be at 7 p.m. in the meeting room, lower level,
Iowa State Bank & Trust Co., 102 S. Clinton Street, and is co-sponsored
by University of Iowa International Programs.
A buffet of international desserts from The Bread
Garden Bakery will be served. Wine and cheese will also be served, compliments
of Iowa State Bank & Trust. The cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members.
The deadline to register for the event is noon Tuesday, Sept. 5. 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. Reservations are
unable to be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.
Born in Shropshire, England, Acton's family immigrated
in 1948 to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where he was educated at St. George's
College, Salisbury. Later he received his bachelor's and master's degrees
in modern history at Trinity College, Oxford.
In 1989, he took his seat in the House of Lords as
the fourth Lord Acton, dividing his time between Iowa and London since his
marriage to Patricia Nassif, a clinical professor at the UI College of Law.
Later, the government of the United Kingdom put forth
a proposal to restructure the House of Lords. This passed in November 1999,
which resulted in the abolition of Acton's hereditary peerage. However, the
Prime Minister appointed him as a Life Peer, and Acton returned to the House
of Lords in April.
Acton is also a writer whose articles have appeared
in many American periodicals, including The New York Times Book Review, The
North American Review, British Heritage, the Christian Science Monitor, The
Chicago Tribune and The San Francisco Chronicle. In 1995, Acton and his wife
wrote a book on the legal history of Iowa entitled, "To Go Free: A Treasury
of Iowa's Legal Heritage," published by Iowa State University Press to commemorate
Iowa's sesquicentennial. He also received the Iowa State Historical Society's
Throne/Aldrich Award in 1995 for the best article on Iowa history published
by The Palimpset. His articles have appeared in The Iowan and The Des Moines
Register. His latest book is "A Brit Among the Hawkeyes," published by Iowa
State University Press.
For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry
this program Monday, Sept. 11, 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
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. Annual
membership fees are $50 for general member's dues, $75 for a two-person household,
and $20 for students and visiting scholars.