University of Iowa News Release
Jan. 12, 2005
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Expert Shares Insights On Post-Arafat Palestine At Jan. 27 ICFRC
Middle East expert Robert Blecher will share his thoughts on post-Arafat
Palestine during the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon
Thursday, Jan. 27.
Blecher teaches Middle East history at the University of Richmond's history
department but has been relocated to the University of Iowa's Obermann Center
for Advanced Studies, as a resident scholar, for the 2004-2005 academic year.
The luncheon will start at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational
Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.
Blecher is currently working on a manuscript about the origins and transformations
of international humanitarian relief during World War I and the interwar
period. He has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, where he
has worked as a consultant and translator with the office of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Crisis Group. He
has published in popular and scholarly journals, winning "Middle East
Report's" Philip Shehadi New Writers Award in 2002. "Middle East
Report" is published by a non-profit, non-governmental organization
called the Middle East Research and Information Project based in Washington,
This program is made possible with the support of Meardon, Sueppel & Downer
PLC and US Bank, and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC.
The luncheon will be catered by Aladdin Restaurant. For those unable to
attend the program, WSUI-AM will broadcast it on Friday, Jan. 28, following
the noon news.
Send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 38 International Center,
Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for the Blecher luncheon should
be received in the office by noon, Monday, Jan. 24. Reservations are $7
for members and $8.50 for non-members.
For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations
to attend this lecture, please contact Tom Baldridge at 319-335-0351.
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 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 (IP), these units serve to further internationalize
the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.
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