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Aug. 27, 2003

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council To Host Lecture On Nuclear Weapons Sept. 3

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) will commence its luncheon series for the 2003-2004 academic year with a speech on "U.S. - Iran Relations and the Nuclear Weapons Issue." Michael Kraig, program officer for the Stanley Foundation, is the scheduled speaker for the Sept. 3 event. The luncheon is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City.

Kraig, a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, is currently managing two new areas for future Stanley Foundation policy projects in international security. Apart from having worked for several NGOs he has also been a contributing writer and editor for Arms Control Reporter, a running encyclopedia of arms control negotiations.

The lunch will be catered by New Pioneer Catering. The cost of attendance is $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations cannot be received any later than Friday. Reservations may not be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICRFC Executive Director Tom Baldridge, or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday, Sept. 4, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC with additional support from Iowa State Bank & Trust and the Stanley Foundation.

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. Annual membership fees are $50 per person, $75 for a household of two, $25 for additional house member; and $20 for full-time students or visiting scholars.

Meetings are scheduled from August to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow the widest possible participation from the business community, other professionals, the community at large and students, faculty and staff from the university. Meetings are scheduled at catered luncheons, as dinners or as evening desserts.

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, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Writer: Kent Nguyen