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

Release: Sept. 14, 2000

Public invited to help CIVIC greet IWP participants at annual picnic

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is hosting its annual potluck picnic to welcome the 16 current participants in the 2000 International Writing Program (IWP) Thursday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shelter No. 1 in City Park, Iowa City.

The public is invited to attend. Those attending are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert to serve 10 to 12 people.

Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, said this is an excellent opportunity to meet some of the world's finest poets, playwrights and fiction writers who come from a variety of countries, ranging from Burma to Uganda. In addition, this is a good opportunity to meet IWP's new director, Christopher Merrill.

"We hope people will come out and warmly welcome these writers who we are so fortunate to have right here in our back yards," Baldridge said. "It's a marvelous occasion to chat informally with a group of talented literary folks."

Those wishing to attend should RSVP by Monday, Sept. 18 by calling CIVIC at 335-0351 or Kathy at 338-8588.

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.

CIVIC 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.