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Coleman to speak on El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua democracies

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kenneth Coleman, a consultant on international development projects and husband of University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman, will give an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon lecture Wednesday, April 2.

Coleman will speak on the topic, "Elections Do Not Democracies Make: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua in the Late 1990s," beginning at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St. WSUI-AM (910) will carry the program on Thursday, April 3, following the noon news.

Coleman has 25 years of experience as a faculty member in political science at the universities of Kentucky, North Carolina at Chapel Hill and New Mexico. Among his publications is a co-edited 1991 book, "Understanding the Central American Crisis." He was a Fulbright professor at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in Managua in 1994. In 1996, he did research in El Salvador and consulted in Guatemala. Coleman earned his bachelor's. at Grinnell College and his doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Reservations are required to attend the luncheon and should be received by noon Monday, March 31. Cost is $6 for ICFRC members and $8 for non-members. Checks should be make payable to the ICFRC and should be mailed to 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802.

The program is co-sponsored by the UI Center for International and Comparative Studies.