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Sept. 29, 2010

At A Glance

Loebsack to speak at ‘political tailgate' on foreign policy Oct. 2

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack will share his foreign policy views during an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) “political tailgate” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in Room 2520-D in the University Capitol Centre, on the second floor above Express.

This lecture continues the ICFRC’s long election-year tradition of inviting political candidates from every party to speak with the public.

Loebsack is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Iowa's Second Congressional District. He serves on the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. Loebsack is running against Mariannette Miller-Meeks.

The tailgate menu will include bratwursts, meat or vegetarian chili, several side dishes and coffee, tea and mints.

The cost is $8 for members and $9 for nonmembers. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Oct. 1 by noon. People may also RSVP via e-mail to by noon Oct. 1 and pay at the door.

For more information, call 319-335-0351.

The ICFRC is a nonprofit community organization that seeks to promote understanding of international issues by hosting community forums with informed speakers from around the world. ICFRC is housed within and supported in part by International Programs at the University of Iowa.


Castellanos Moya to give Ida Beam reading Oct. 12

El Salvadoran writer Horacio Castellanos Moya, an Ida Beam visiting faculty member in the International Writing Program, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 12 in 1505 Seamans Center.

Castellanos Moya, author of nine novels and five short story collections, worked as a journalist during the civil war in El Salvador, and later in Mexico. His first novel, "La diáspora," won the 1989 National Prize from the Central American University in San Salvador.

Novelist Roberto Bolaño called him "the only writer of my generation who knows how to narrate the horror, the secret Vietnam that Latin America was for a long time."

The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program was established in 1978-79 based on a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to the University of Iowa Foundation. The proceeds from the farm's sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

Castellanos Moya's reading is also presented by the departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the UI Center for Human Rights.


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