WRITER: VITALIS TORWEL
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
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
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