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University of Iowa News Release

June 22, 2005

Photo: Ethan Michelson, left; Benjamin Read, right

Professors To Discuss Private Ownership In China June 28

University of Iowa professor Benjamin Read and Indiana University professor Ethan Michelson will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council on Tuesday, June 28 about how private ownership is changing China. Their presentation, "China: The Ownership Society?" begins at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St.

Read is an assistant professor of political science in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As a child, he spent a year at an elementary school in Beijing and since then has spent several years living and conducting research in China and Taiwan. He received his master's degree from the University of California-Berkeley and his doctorate from Harvard University. Read's current research focuses on neighborhood-level administrative offices in China, Taiwan and South Korea, as well as China's nascent homeowners' groups.

Michelson has been an assistant professor in the departments of sociology and East Asian languages and cultures at Indiana University-Bloomington since receiving his doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago in 2003. In addition to his ongoing research on the Chinese legal profession, Michelson is also studying grievances and disputes in rural China. Since 1991 he has lived in China on and off for five years.

Read and Michelson are currently collaborating on a project studying local governance in China at the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

The Pit Smokehouse will cater the luncheon. This program is made possible with support from the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and ICFRC Board of Directors and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC. For those unable to attend the program, WSUI-AM will broadcast it Wednesday, June 29, following the noon news.

Reservations for should be received at ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802, by noon, Friday, June 24. Reservations are $7.00 for members and $8.50 for non-members. For more information on this program or the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, 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 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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Kent Nguyen