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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: Sept. 13, 2002

Public invited to greet IWP participants at potluck picnic Sept. 18

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is hosting its annual potluck picnic to welcome the 36 current participants in the 2002 International Writing Program (IWP) Wednesday, Sept. 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Upper City Park, Shelter
No. 3. The public is invited to attend. Those attending are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert to serve 10 -12 people.

Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, said this is an excellent opportunity to meet some of the world's finest poets, playwrights and fiction writers who come from a variety of countries, including Brazil, Bosnia, Cuba, Poland, Philippines, Lithuania, India, Indonesia, Israel/West Bank and Laos.

"We hope people will come out and warmly welcome these writers whom we are so fortunate to have right here in our back yards," Baldridge said. "It's a great occasion to meet and make exciting friends and to break bread with some of the best literary minds from all over the world."

Those wishing to attend should RSVP by calling CIVIC at 335-0351 or Peggy Houston at 351-1438. Please let them know how many people are coming and what type of food you are planning to bring (main dish, salad, or dessert to serve 10 to 12).

CIVIC offers residents of eastern Iowa numerous opportunities to become "American Ambassadors" here at home. As CIVIC introduces local citizens to future world leaders and visitors with a wide array of interests, it provides the visitors a view of the rich cultural, educational and economic life of our communities.

CIVIC serves as host to international visitors invited by United States embassies to take part in the International Visitor Program. As a member of the National Council for International Visitors, CIVIC is one of 98 nationwide community organizations that promote intercultural exchange between international leaders, the educational and business community. When a visit includes eastern Iowa, CIVIC arranges for professional consultations and field trips to industrial, scientific, educational and business facilities. Visitors are also invited to participate in the social and cultural life of our communities through home hospitality, sightseeing, cultural and recreational events.

CIVIC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, 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.

A complete schedule of the IWP participants' public appearances is on the IWP website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp