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ICFRC speaker to discuss Guatemalan peace process

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Can Guatemala recover from more than 30 years of civil war? What will it take to sustain the peace agreement signed nearly a year ago by Guatemalan government officials and guerrilla rebels?

Mary Gray Davidson, a veteran radio journalist who has covered world affairs for the past 12 years will address these and other questions in her seminar "Guatemala's Tentative Peace," Wednesday Dec. 17. The lecture takes place at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., and is cosponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and University of Iowa International Programs.

Davidson, a senior producer of the Stanley Foundation's syndicated radio series, "Common Ground," has interviewed heads of state, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and has covered events in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and the Russian Federation. Her presentation will focus on Guatemala's recently-ended civil war and the efforts to rebuild the society. She will include slides taken during her visit this fall.

Reservations are $4.50 for ICFRC members and $5.50 for non-members and guests and must be received in the ICFRC office, 120 International Center, by Monday, Dec. 15. No reservations are necessary for those who plan to bring their own lunches. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by telephone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday, Dec. 18, following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council 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 part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.