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Release: Jan. 18, 2001

Sorokin to address Israel's election with foreign relations council Jan. 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gerald L. Sorokin, director of Hillel, the Jewish student organization at the University of Iowa and former UI political scientist professor, will discuss, "Israel's Election: Who are the Peace Makers and Where is the Peace Process?" on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street, Iowa City.

The program is open to the public and is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) with additional support from Hills Bank & Trust Co.

Sorokin has been director of Hillel since the summer of 1999. A political scientist by training, he has taught courses and conducted research on the Middle East conflict. Between 1996 and 1998 he was a fellow at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He has just returned from a 10-day trip to Israel, where he led a group of University of Iowa students on an educational exploration of the Jewish people and its future.

The meal will be provided by Rob's Delicatessen. The cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon Monday, Jan. 22. 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 (319) 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday, Jan. 25, 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.

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.