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

Release: Nov. 14, 2002

Christie Vilsack To Discuss Importance Of International Education

Iowa's First Lady Christie Vilsack will discuss "International Education -- A Must for All Iowans" at a noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 meeting of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC). The lecture will take place at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational-United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City. The luncheon starts at noon, and Vilsack's lecture will start at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Vilsack's presentation is the culmination of a series of events coordinated by University of Iowa International Programs in celebration of International Education Week, Nov. 18-22.

Vilsack became First Lady of Iowa in January 1999, when her husband, Tom Vilsack, was elected Iowa's 39th Governor. Vilsack first studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, between her junior and senior years of high school. She has participated with Global Volunteers as a teacher in Jamaica and Poland and also traveled to Japan in 1999 as part of a Women of Culture Program through a Sister State Agreement.

During her lecture, Vilsack will discuss her own international experiences, how they have influenced her life and how vital international education is for all Iowans. She will also address how cultivating a global citizenry is critical to Iowa's economic success due to the Iowa's agricultural base and overseas markets.

Vilsack has been a teacher for more than 28 years. Before moving to Des Moines, she taught eighth grade language arts in Mount Pleasant, and freshman English and journalism at Iowa Wesleyan College. She has been a regular feature writer and editorial page columnist for the Mt. Pleasant News. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the UI in 1992.

Lunch will be provided at a cost of $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. The deadline to reserve lunch for this event is noon Wednesday, Nov. 20. 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 Monday, Nov. 25, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC with additional support from UI International Programs and Mike Cilek.

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.

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 for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.