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Release: Sept. 8, 2000

Polumbaum to speak on Sino-American perceptions Sept. 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Judy Polumbaum, a University of Iowa associate professor of journalism, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "Extremism in Sino-American Perceptions," on Friday, Sept. 15 at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. It is open to the public.

Polumbaum teaches journalism at the UI and does research on mass media in China. She has spent about five years in Mainland China, including three months last spring teaching at Nanjing University. Polumbaum received a B.A. from McGill University, Montreal, an M.S. from Columbia University; and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She has taught at the UI since 1989.

The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon, Wednesday, Sept. 13. Taste of China will cater the meal, 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.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry the program on Monday, Sept. 18, following the noon news. Polumbaum's presentation is co-sponsored by UI International Programs and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and supported in part by McDonald Optical Dispensary.

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.

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.