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

Release: Aug. 30, 2002

UI professor to speak about 9/11 at Iowa City Foreign Relations Council kickoff Sept. 5

"September 11, A Year Later: What have we learned about why and what to do?" will be the theme of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) kickoff lecture for the 2002-2003 academic year. Brian Lai, an assistant professor of political science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be the featured speaker Thursday, Sept. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City.

Lai's lecture will focus on the United States' foreign policy, international conflict, terrorism, and the relationship between domestic politics and international conflict. Many of his articles on international alliances and foreign assistance are published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and The Journal of Peace Research.

Lunch will be served at the lecture, and the cost is $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. The deadline to reserve lunch for this event is noon Tuesday, Sept. 3. Taste of China will cater the event. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations may not be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge or Marianne Weiss at (319) 335-0351.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Friday, Sept. 6, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC with additional support from UI International Programs, Iowa State Bank & Trust and The University of Iowa Division of Sponsored Programs.

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. Annual membership fees are $50 per person, $75 for a household of two, $25 for additional house member; and $20 for full-time students or visiting scholars.

Meetings are scheduled from August to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow the widest possible participation 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.