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Mozambican writer to address Foreign Relations Council

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) welcomes Mozambican writer Lilia Maria Clara Carriere Momple to speak at its Sept. 16 meeting. Momple will speak on "The Literature of Mozambique: How the Struggle for Independence Affected It."

The current president of the Mozambican Writers' Association, Momple works actively toward promoting female authors and civic education. Momple is known for her participation in Mozambique's liberation movement, during which she aided the struggling post-colonial government at a time when there were few professionals in the country.

Her literary publications include a short story collection, Nobody Killed Shuhura (1989); subsequently translated into English and Italian) and two novels Neighbours (1995) and the forthcoming The Eyes of the Green Cobra. Her short story, "Slum Dwelling," won first prize in the literary contest of the centennial of Maputo in 1987.

The event, which will take place in Fellowship Hall at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., is cosponsored by the UI International Programs. Lunch will be served.

Reservations are $6.50 for ICFRC members and $8 for non-members and guests and must be received in the ICFRC office by Friday, Sept. 12. 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. 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 Wednesday, Sept. 17 , 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.

Meetings are scheduled from September to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow as wide a participation as possible from the business community, other professionals, the community at large and students, faculty and staff from the university. Meetings are scheduled at catered luncheons, as dinners or evening desserts or as "Sack Lunch Seminars."

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.

ICFRC currently has approximately 200 members. To join the ICFRC, annual membership fees are as follows: general member's dues, $50; household of two persons, $75; and student/visiting scholar, $20.