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Nov. 5, 2007

Darfur, Iowa and presidential candidates topics of Nov. 8 luncheon

Colin Thomas-Jensen and Lisa Rogoff of the ENOUGH Project will present "Iowa, Darfur and the Three P's" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Thursday, Nov. 8 at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Thomas-Jensen and Rogoff will discuss how Iowans can engage the presidential candidates using the three P's -- Peace, Protection and Punishment -- to secure commitments for action that can end the genocide in Darfur. ENOUGH is the Project to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities.

Thomas-Jensen is a policy adviser to ENOUGH. He previously worked as Africa advocacy and research manager at the International Crisis Group, ENOUGH's co-founder. He joined Crisis Group from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was an information officer on the humanitarian response team for Darfur. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia and Mozambique. Thomas-Jensen has a Master of Arts in African studies from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), with a concentration in the history of Islam in Africa, African politics and Islamic family law. He has written for Foreign Affairs and conducts interviews with such international news outlets as The New York Times, Al Jazeera, BBC World, CNN International, NPR and Radio France International.

Rogoff is the field manager for ENOUGH. Prior to joining ENOUGH, she served as the outreach coordinator for the Committee on Conscience at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she developed and implemented the museum's efforts to build a nationwide constituency dedicated to preventing genocide. Rogoff also produced the museum's award-winning podcast series, "Voices on Genocide Prevention." She graduated from Colgate University in May 2004 with concentrations in philosophy and English.

The luncheon is presented with support from Technigraphics and West Bank. The Cottage will cater the event. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry the program on at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 on the Iowa Public Radio network.

Reservations are $7.50 for ICRFC members and $8.50 form nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Tuesday, Nov. 6. 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://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

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.