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ICFRC announces upcoming lunchtime lectures

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) has announced two lunchtime lectures for the month of January.

Former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh will speak on the topic, "Strategies for U.N. Reform," at noon Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street. Thornburgh's appearance is made possible by the University of Iowa College of Law.

During a public career spanning more than 25 years, Thornburgh has also served as governor of Pennsylvania and under-secretary-general of the United Nations. He is currently counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Kirkpatrick and Lockhart. During his U.N. service, he authored a widely-praised report on reform designed to make the organization's peacekeeping, humanitarian and development programs more efficient and cost-effective.

The second ICFRC event this month is a talk by UI history Professor Steven Hoch. Hoch will speak on the topic, "Immunization and the State: Is There Really a Crisis in the Former Soviet Union?" at noon Friday, Jan. 31 in the same location.

Hoch has taught courses, honors seminars and graduate seminars on Russian history since 1988 and spent this past winter break researching the topic in Russia. He serves as co-director of the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program at CICS.

Lunches will be provided at both talks, and reservations are required. The cost to CIVIC members is $6, the cost for non-members is $8. To register, checks should be make payable to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802.

For further information, contact Tom Baldridge at (319)335-0335.