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Oct. 5, 2007

Arndt to discuss cultural dimension of diplomacy at lecture Oct. 11

Richard T. Arndt, former president of Americans for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will present "The Cultural Dimension of Diplomacy: The Missing Dimension in Foreign Affairs" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Thursday, Oct. 11, at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Arndt also previously headed the American Fulbright Association of U.S. alumni.  He served for 24 years in the Near East, South Asia and Europe with the State Department and the U.S. Information Agency, primarily as cultural attaché in Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Iran, Italy and France.

He presently chairs the U.S. Committee for the Preservation of Ancient Tyre, a city in Lebanon. He is the author of the book "The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the 20th Century." In 1993, he was principal editor of "The Fulbright Difference: 1947-92."  He received a doctorate in 18th century French literature from Columbia University, where he taught until 1961. Since leaving the U.S. Foreign Service, he has taught at the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins and George Washington University.

The luncheon is presented with support from Hands Jewelers and the Wilson Family Foundation. The Cottage will cater the event. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry the program on at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 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, Oct. 9. 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; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Writer: Stacie Carpenter