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

Release: Oct 25, 2002

Khalidi to discuss U.S. and the Arab world Oct. 30

Rashid Khalidi, one of the world's leading scholars of the modern Middle East, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council on, "The United States, the Palestinian Question, and the Arab World," Wednesday, Oct. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton Street.

Khalidi, a professor in the departments of history and Near Eastern languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago, is visiting the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Lecturer. He has written and collaborated on at least five books, 74 published articles and book chapters, 15 unpublished papers and lectures, and more than a half-dozen contributions to major encyclopaedias. His most recently published book is "Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness."

Lunch will be served, and the cost is $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. The deadline to reserve lunch for this event is noon Tuesday, Oct. 29. Café Z 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 Thursday Oct. 31, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC with additional support from UI International Programs, and Baldes, Leyden, & Associates.

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.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consist 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, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.