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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: March 28, 2002  

Expert to address population growth, economic development at April 4 ICFRC

            Richard R. Martin, chief of the office of health and population at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Peru, will discuss "Population Growth & Economic Development: Can Countries Have Both?" as part of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) lecture series. The lecture takes place at noon Thursday, April 4 in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St., Iowa City.

            Martin is also scheduled to take part in a two-day symposium organized by the University of Iowa College of Law, with support from UI International Programs. This event, "Hemispheric Integration, Democracy and the Rule of Law" takes place on April 5-6. The symposium will study the legal, economic, social, human, and development issues surrounding the ongoing initiative of integration in the Western Hemisphere.

            Prior to working in Peru, Martin spent three years as chief of the population division at USAID/Egypt. He has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for 23 years. He received his master's degree from the University of Washington and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.

            Lunch is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon Tuesday, April 2. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to can ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations cannot 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 UI International Programs, with additional support from Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. and William Nowysz & Associates. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry the program on Friday, April. 5, following the noon news.

            ICFRC 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.

            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.