CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 25, 2001
(Editors note: To receive a complete itinerary or to set up interviews with
any of these CIVIC visitors, call Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director,
at (319) 335-0351.
CIVIC hosts international visitors to Iowa City in May, June
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An editor from mainland China, a farm federation director
from Australia and three members of the media from Kazakhstan will all visit
eastern Iowa in late May and early June as guests of the Council for International
Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).
-- Xuejun Li, of China, deputy editor of Dushu, a reading magazine, will
visit Iowa City through CIVIC Wednesday, May 30 through June 2. She will be
accompanied by an interpreter and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. While
in the United States, Li would like to observe how intellectual commentary
and literary magazines in the U.S. are edited and published, and how they
inform public opinion as well as explore the role of print media in a democratic
-- Lyall Howard, deputy director and National Farmers' Federation director,
Trade and Quarantine, National Farmers' Federation, from Australia, will visit
Iowa City June 2-6. While in the U.S., Howard would like to address several
agricultural and trade issues and gain insight into the politics of domestic
farm policy in the U.S., including preparations for the 2002 Farm Bill; as
well as gain an understanding of the political economy of U.S. trade policy
-- Vladislav Yuritsyn,, deputy editor in chief of The Globe; Nikolay Drozd,
analytical reporter, Panorama; and Sluzhan Ismailova, reporter for Meqapolis,
all of Kazakhstan, will visit the Iowa City area June 3-6. They speak Kazakh,
Russian and German and will have an interpreter. They plan to learn about
the following: small newspaper operations, reporting and investigative techniques,
marketing and advertising, technology for computer layout, editing, using
the internet as a research tool and getting a hands on view of newspaper operations.
They will meet with representatives of local media as well as faculty with
the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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.
Department of State's International Visitor Program (IVP). IVP is a professional
exchange program administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
of the U.S. Department of State.
CIVIC 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 internationalize the campus and community
and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.