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UI anthropology professor to speak about changing economy in Kazakhstan

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cynthia Werner, a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Tuesday, Jan. 27, about the developing economy of post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Her presentation, "Marketing Gifts: Economic Exchange in a Kazak Village," begins at noon in the Atrium Meeting Room of the First National Bank, 204 E. Washington St. The program is free and open to the public.

Werner visited Kazakhstan many times between 1992 and 1995 while conducting research on economic and social change in the post-Soviet country. Her research focuses on household survival strategies among rural Kasaks, including the regular exchange of gifts and favors.

Kazakhstan covers vast steppelands and is the largest of the new central Asian republics. It was the last to declare independence from the U.S.S.R. in December 1991.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Wednesday, Jan. 28, 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 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.