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Local writer to speak to foreign relations council about threats to coral reefs

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Osha Gray Davidson, a free-lance writer and author of four non-fiction books, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Tuesday, May 5 about the destruction of coral reefs. His presentation, "Who Killed Jakarta Bay and Why Should Iowans Care: A Global Threat to Coral Reefs," is open to the public and will begin at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City.

Davidson's most recent book, The Enchanted Braid: Coming to Terms with Nature on the Coral Reef, is being published in May by John Wiley and Sons. His previous book, The Best of Enemies, was nominated for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History and was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Helen Berstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Davidson is an Iowa City resident and a scholar associate with University of Iowa International Programs.

For those unable to attend Davidson's lecture, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Wednesday, May 6, 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 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 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.