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

Release: Oct. 10, 2001

Israeli author to speak at Oct. 16 foreign relations council

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Israeli author Etgar Keret will discuss "Trying to Talk Humanity in an Ultra-Ideological Society" as part of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council lecture series. The event will be Tuesday, Oct.16 at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City.

Keret has written best-selling books and short stories and has had his work adapted for Israeli television, with more than 40 short films produced based on his stories. His movie, " Skin Deep," won the Israeli Oscar as well as first prizes at several international film festivals. A film based on one of his stories received the 1998 American MTV Prize for best-animated film. Keret is also a lecturer at Tel Aviv University's department of film. He is in Iowa as part of the International Writing Program.

Lunch will be provided at a cost of $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon, Friday, Oct.12. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations are unable to be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.

The event is co-sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs with additional support from Blank & McCune, The Real Estate Company; and Lenoch & Cilek True Value. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 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.

ICFRC currently has approximately 200 members. Annual membership fees are $50 for general member's dues, $75 for a two-person household, and $20 for students and visiting scholars.