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Geography professor to speak about indigenous people and the Mexican state

IOWA CITY, Iowa--Itad Mutersbaugh, assistant professor of geography at the University of Iowa, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Thursday, April 9 about the movement of Indians in Chiapas, Mexico. His presentation, "Indigenous People and the Mexican State," begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St. The program is free and open to the public.

Mutersbaugh was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Júarez de Oaxaca in southern Mexico and has written about the labor situation in Oaxacan villages as well as industrialization and development in rural areas.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Friday, April 10 following the noon news. For more information, contact the council at (319) 335-0335.

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 of 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 a 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.