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First Foreign Relations Council speaker in 1998-99 series to focus on UI global perspectives

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) will kick off its 1998-99 lecture and seminar series with a presentation about "The University of Iowa in Global Perspective" on Friday, Sept. 4. Michael McNulty, UI associate provost and dean of international programs, will lead the discussion, which will begin at noon in the Atrium Meeting Room of First National Bank, 204 E. Washington St.

In addition to serving as associate provost and dean, McNulty has been a faculty member in the UI geography department since 1969. His scholarly interests have been focused on African nations, and he has traveled extensively throughout the continent and conducted research in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. He has been instrumental in setting up exchange programs for students and for scholars between the UI and several African universities.

McNulty's presentation will focus on the importance of including international perspectives in curricula throughout the university as well as the way technology is breaking down geographical barriers that once kept scholars in different parts of the world from working closely together.

The program includes lunch, which will be provided by New Pioneer Deli Catering. Reservations are $6.50 for ICFRC members and $8.00 for non-members and guests and must be received in the ICFRC office by Wednesday, Sept. 2. 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 Tuesday, Sept. 8, 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 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.