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Nov. 8, 2006

Ivory Coast Writer Lectures On Rwanda At ICFRC Luncheon Nov. 14

Véronique Tadjo, a multi-talented writer and artist, will lecture on "Writing Genocide: Rwanda" at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon at noon Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, located at 30 North Clinton St. in Iowa City. Tadjo is a fall 2006 participant in the International Writing Program (IWP) thanks to a private gift to the IWP.

Tadjo, a poet, novelist, fiction writer, painter and editor from the Ivory Coast, has written two poetry collections, five novels and several children's books. She attended Howard University on a Fulbright scholarship, and has a doctorate in African American Studies from the Sobonne. For several years, she taught at the University of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. She edited and illustrated "Talking Drums," an anthology of African poetry that was published in 2000. She has won several awards for her work, including this year's Grand Prix Littéraire d'Afrique Noire award for her novel "Reine Pokou" (Queen Pokou). She resides in South Africa.

The program is presented in part with the support of Mike Margolin and Technigraphics, Inc. and is co-sponsored by the UI International Programs and IWP. The lecture will be broadcast on WSUI-AM on Wednesday, Nov. 15 following the news at noon.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7.50 for members and $8.50 for non-members; and all must be received by noon on Friday, Nov. 10. Soleil's Solar Living Café will cater the event.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Thomas Baldridge at 319-384-2260 or Marianne Weiss 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 a part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351, marianne-weiss@uiowa.edu; Writer: Aris Dravillas.