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Dec. 6, 2007

Ryang to discuss the social structure of North Korea at Dec. 11 lecture

Sonia Ryang, an associate professor of anthropology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will present "North Korea: Looking Beyond the Demilitarized Zone" at a noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

"Despite media hype following the labeling of North Korea as 'an axis of evil,' we continue to be devoid of concrete understanding of the workings of North Korean culture and society," said Ryang, who plans to discuss the pivot of its social structure -- the leader-people relationship.

Ryang worked as a research fellow in the Australian National University after receiving a doctorate in social anthropology from Cambridge University in England. She taught at John Hopkins University for nine years prior to becoming an associate professor of anthropology and international studies at the University of Iowa. Ryang is also a C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Korea Foundation scholar of Korean studies, and was the organizer of the October UI conference on North Korea, "North Korea, Policy, Modernity, Fantasy: an international conference."

The luncheon is presented with support from Technigraphics and Hands Jewelers. The Taste of China will cater the event. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will carry the program at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, on the Iowa Public Radio network.

Reservations are $7.50 for ICFRC members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Monday, Dec. 10. For more information or special accommodations to attend the luncheon, contact Marianne Weiss at 319-355-0351.

ICFRC is a nonprofit association of community and university people interested in learning more about the 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 affiliated with UI International Programs, which enable UI students, faculty, staff, and the general public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://international.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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Marianne Weiss, ICFRC, 319-335-0351, marianne-weiss@uiowa.edu; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026, kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Writer: Jennifer Ferm

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Baldridge, ICFRC, 319-335-0351, thomas-baldridge@uiowa.edu; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026, kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu