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WRITER: ABBY GARLAND
CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
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Release: Feb. 14, 2000

Weiner to discuss domestic, international challenges in Poland Feb. 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Janice Weiner, Foreign Service Officer and Iowa City native, will speak about "Poland 10 Years after the Round-Table Agreement: Domestic and International Challenges," at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Monday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. It is open to the public.

Weiner is a graduate of Iowa City West High School who spent her senior year in Belgium and has since lived much of her life overseas. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1980 and graduated from Stanford Law School in 1984.

After graduation Weiner tried work in politics and corporate law for a year and a half before joining the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. Since then she has worked in East Berlin; Brussels, Belgium; Ankara, Turkey; Austria; Germany, and Sweden. She began her most recent posting in Warsaw, Poland in the summer of 1999.

Taste of China will cater the meal accompanying Weiner's presentation, and the cost is $6 for members and $7.50 for non-members. The deadline to register for the dinner is noon Friday, Feb. 18. 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 335-0351. No reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Wednesday, Feb. 23, following the noon news. Weiner's presentation is co-sponsored by the 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 internalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.