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Local radio producer to speak to foreign relations council about International Criminal Court

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For many years human rights advocates have been working to persuade the United Nations to establish an International Criminal Court to prosecute those who commit crimes of international concern, including systematic human rights violations carried out by agents of some governments. Last summer all U.N. delegations were invited to send representatives to Rome for a diplomatic conference about the creation of a permanent International Criminal Court.

Keith Porter, a local radio producer whose show "Common Ground" airs on more than 100 public radio stations across the country, attended the conference as a reporter and will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) about what he learned. His presentation, "Behind the Scenes at the International Criminal Court Conference," is Tuesday, Sept. 15 at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St, Iowa City. The program is open to the public.

Porter regularly reports on world affairs on his weekly radio program "Common Ground," which he has worked on for 10 years. Based on his experience at the conference, he is producing a three-part radio program on the court, including the role of non-governmental organizations in the court's creation and the new protections against crime that the court would provide for women.

"Common Ground" has been produced and supported by The Stanley Foundation since 1980. It airs locally on WSUI-AM (910).

Porter's lecture to the ICFRC is a "soup seminar" with soup, salad, and bread from the New Pioneer Co-op. Reservations are $4.50 for ICFRC members and $5.50 for non-members and guests and must be received in the ICFRC office by Friday, September 11. 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 Wednesday, Sept. 16, 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.

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.