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June 17 Foreign Relations Council to focus on changing Chinese public opinion

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Ming Zhang will speak on "Changing Chinese Public Opinion Toward the U.S." beginning at noon, Tuesday, June 17, at The Newman Catholic Student Center, 104 East Jefferson Street in Iowa City.

The event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and the University of Iowa Center for International and Comparative Studies and is supported, in part, by Iowa State Bank and Trust.

Zhang, a research analyst at the Library of Congress and a research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C., is visiting Iowa City to participate in the global studies annual workshop this summer.

Zhang received his bachelor's degree in history in 1983, his master's degree in international relations in 1986 from Nanjing University in China, and his doctorate in political science in 1994 from Purdue University. He also earned a certificate in Chinese-American Studies in 1987 from The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in 1987.

A lunch, provided by Taste of China, will include crab meat rangoon and a choice of vegetable lo mein, shrimp and chicken in brown sauce or beef with mushrooms and vegetable fried rice as well as a beverage.

Reservations, at a cost of $4.50 for ICFRC members and $6.50 for non-members and guests, must be received at the ICFRC office by Monday, June 16. Checks can 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. The ICFRC is unable to take telephone reservations, but last-minute adjustments may be made by phone. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry the program at a later date.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of persons interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy and world affairs. The goal of the group is to provide members with the opportunity to hear experts who visit the University of Iowa campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area, in order to increase interest in and knowledge about world affairs and international understanding. From September to June, the ICFRC hosts two to three meetings per month, usually from noon to 1 p.m. in order to allow for participation by business, professional and academic persons as well as other area residents. One meeting is a catered luncheon and speech, held in a convenient downtown location, while the other is an informal "Sack Lunch Seminar" featuring University of Iowa faculty or other area specialists. The ICFRC currently has approximately 200 members. ICFRC annual membership fees: general members, $50; household of two persons, $75; and student/visiting scholar, $20.