WRITER: VITALIS TORWEL
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 30, 2002
UI professor to speak about 9/11 at Iowa City Foreign Relations Council
kickoff Sept. 5
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
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.