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UI political scientists discuss public opinion in former Soviet Union

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa political scientists will discuss the results of their research on public opinion in the former Soviet Union at an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council lecture Friday, Sept. 26.

Arthur Miller, Vicki Hesli, and William Reisinger will address the question, "What's on Russians' Minds?" in a discussion of the results of ongoing UI surveys that will highlight 1997 survey data that have only recently been collected.

Miller, director of the Iowa Social Science Institute, has gained national and international recognition for his studies of public opinion and political psychology in the United States, Western Europe and the former Soviet Union. Reisinger's research focuses on democratization in the former communist states and on post-Soviet public opinion. Hesli researches social and cultural cleavages within plural societies.

Together they have received a series of National Science Foundation grants to conduct large-scale scholarly surveys of public and elite opinion in the former Soviet Union. Their research and analysis has been published widely in national and international scholarly journals.

The seminar will begin at noon at Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. and is open to the public.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Monday, Sept. 29, 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.