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

Release: Oct. 21, 2002

Ortega to discuss transformations in Bolivian-U.S. relations Oct. 25

Pamela Calla Ortega will discuss "From Coca to Gas: Transformations in Bolivian-U.S. Relations" with the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Friday, Oct. 25 at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street.

Calla, a native of Bolivia, received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1996. Following her doctoral project, she returned to Bolivia where she teaches in three universities. She coordinates a program in intercultural and bilingual education at the Universidad de San Simon, in Cochabamba. She also coordinates a master’s degree program in gender and development at the University of San Andres in La Paz. Among her publications is a recent article, "Gender and Ethnicity in Bolivian Politics: Transformation or Paternalism."

Calla is in Iowa City to participate in the conference: "Race, Culture and Power: From Purity of Blood to Indigenous Social Movements in Latin America" Oct. 25-27.

Lunch will be catered. Reservations can be made until noon Wednesday, Oct. 23 by sending checks of $7 for members and $8.50 for guests and non-members to ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations can not be made over the telephone, but last minute adjustments can be arranged. For more information, call (319) 335-0351.

Those unable to attend the program can listen to the broadcast by WSUI-AM (910) on Monday, Oct. 28, following the noon news. This program is presented in part with the support of University of Iowa International Programs and Iowa Book, LLC.

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