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UI professors to discuss future of China after Deng Xiaoping

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four University of Iowa experts on Chinese politics and culture will participate in a panel discussion on the future of China after the recent death of leader Deng Xiaoping.

The discussion will be at noon Friday, Feb. 28 in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street. It is free and open to the public, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own lunches. Coffee and hot tea will be provided.

The participating UI scholars are Charles Hayford, history; Jae-On Kim, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS); Judy Polumbaum, journalism and mass communication; and Mark Sidel, law.

Hayford is a visiting professor of history at the UI this semester and studies modern Chinese history and Chinese-American relations. Kim teaches a course on the society and politics of East Asia and currently is studying the three cultures of China, Japan and Korea. Polumbaum is an associate professor of journalism and mass communication and does research on China's mass media. She has spent about five years working in China and is a consultant with the Xinhua News Agency and China Daily. Sidel is currently a lecturer in the UI College of Law and a consultant to the UN Development Program and the Ford, Rockefeller and Luce foundations.

The event is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, the Center for International and Comparative Studies and the CAPS. WSUI-AM (910) will carry the program Monday, March 3 following the noon news.

For further information, contact Tom Baldridge, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, at (319)335-0335.