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CIVIC honors Bardach with International Citizen award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Janusz Bardach, an emeritus professor of otolaryngology at the University of Iowa, will receive the 1998 International Citizen Award Sunday, Oct. 18 at the 13th anniversary celebration of the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

A social hour begins at 6 p.m., a dinner is at 7 p.m., and the program will begin at 8 p.m., all at the Radisson Hotel, Highlander Plaza, in Iowa City. Bardach will give a speech titled "Living on the Edge."

Bardach, who was born in Odessa and reared in Poland, has been involved with CIVIC for almost two decades.

"Here in Iowa, he has welcomed many national and international visitors to the benefit of all," says Jeanne Cadoret, CIVIC president. She adds that both his international outlook and medical philanthropy make him an ideal recipient of the International Citizen Award.

The award was created to honor local citizens who have made outstanding contributions to international understanding.

Bardach, who specializes in surgical repair of facial clefts and other congenital deformities, has also shared his medical expertise around the globe in at least a dozen countries, including China, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan, and Turkey. He not only has performed surgery in these countries, but he has also led training programs and workshops for medical staff there to raise their level of expertise and understanding.

Bardach has also shared his skills and knowledge through professional books and articles and through his lectures around the world. In addition, he has written an autobiography, Man is Wolf to Man, along with Kathleen Gleeson, which details his internment in Soviet labor camps during the Stalinist regime.

Reservations for the CIVIC anniversary celebration are still being taken at 335-0351. The cost is $25 per person.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international visitors as a means of promoting global understanding on a person-to-person basis. CIVIC is affiliated with 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, teaching and research.

For more information about the organization or the anniversary celebration, call Tom Baldridge at 335-0351.