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Release: Feb. 25, 2002
Brookings president, former diplomat Armacost to speak at UI March 4,
Michael H. Armacost, president of the Brookings Institution and a U.S. foreign
policy expert, will visit the University of Iowa March 4-6 as an Ida Beam
Distinguished Visiting Professor sponsored by the UI department of history
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
While at the UI he will give several public lectures about foreign policy
issues and participate in seminars with faculty, undergraduates and graduate
students. His primary public lecture, The U.S. and East AsiaPast,
Present, Future, begins at 7:45 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the Shambaugh
Auditorium in the UI Main Library. This lecture is scheduled as part of a
UI history class, The U.S. and World Affairs, taught by UI history
professor David Schoenbaum with Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College from 7-9 p.m.
Before joining Brookings in 1995, Armacost had a distinguished diplomatic
career as ambassador to Japan (1989-93) and the Philippines (1982-84) and
as under secretary of state in the George H.W. Bush Administration. He also
held senior policy positions on the staff of the National Security Council
and in the Departments of State and Defense.
Armacosts experience working for the State Department will inform an
open conversation about International Careers and Foreign Service: All
you wanted to know but were afraid to ask, on March 4 from 3:30-5 p.m.
in Room 120, Schaeffer Hall. This discussion is co-sponsored by UI International
Programs and the Honors Program.
Also on March 4, Armacost will be a guest on Iowa Talks, at 10
a.m. on WSUI-AM (910), and he will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council about Japan and the Korean Peninsula: The Challenge for U.S.
Foreign Policy, at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational
Church, 30 North Clinton Street, Iowa City.
Finally, on Wednesday, March 6, Armacost will speak about Decoding
America's Relations with Asia: Who Says What to Whom, from 3:30-5 p.m.
in Room 140, Schaeffer Hall. This lecture is sponsored by the UI Center for
Asian and Pacific Studies.
Armacost is a magna cum laude graduate of Carleton College and earned his
master's and doctorate in public law and government from Columbia University.
The Brookings Institution is the nations oldest think tank and its staff
includes many of the worlds leading public policy scholars.
All of Armacosts presentations are free and open to the public except
for the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, which includes a luncheon for
a nominal fee and requires advance registration. To register for the luncheon,
contact the Foreign Relations Council by Thursday, Feb. 28, at 335-0351.
Armacosts activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam
Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars
to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic
year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Her
only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of
Medicine. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting
professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars
and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet
with students and faculty.