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

Release: Nov. 29, 2000

UI professor to speak about former Yugoslavia Dec. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Russell Valentino, an associate professor of Russian at the University of Iowa will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "Regions and Regionalism in the Former Yugoslavia" on Friday, Dec. 1 at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. The program is open to the public.

Valentino spent 1993-94 on a student Fulbright in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1999-2000, he returned to Croatia as a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research scholar. Material from his second research trip forms the basis of this talk.

Valentino earned his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA in 1993. He has taught at California State University, Fresno and the University of Virginia. His articles on Russian 19th-century literature have appeared in "Russian Review," "Slavic Review," and "Russian Literature." His book, "Vicissitudes of Genre in the Russian Novel" is forthcoming this year in Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature.

The deadline to register for the program is noon Thursday, Nov. 30. The Motley Cow Cafe will cater the luncheon, and the cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52245-1802. For more information, call 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. The time for making reservations is very short, so those who wish to attend may mail their checks and call the office to inform us that they have done so.

Valentino's presentation is co-sponsored by International Programs and is presented in part with the support of Baldes, Leyden and Associates, a Division of American Express Financial Advisors. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Monday, Dec. 4 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 the UI 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.