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Release: April 9, 1999

Professor to speak about history of genocide

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Frank Chalk, a professor at Concordia University and an expert in genocide studies, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Monday, April 19. His presentation, "Can the International Community Prevent Genocide: Early Warning, Early Action?" begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.

Chalk is the co-author of "The History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Cases Studies," (Yale University Press, 1990) and the author of several book chapters and journal articles on the Holocaust and genocide studies. He has lectured on the history of genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda at The Hague, and at many universities and conferences around the world.

Chalk is First Vice-president of the Association of Genocide Scholars and Past President of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. He is also Co-Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and a Fellow of the Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies at Concordia University, where he teaches courses on the history and sociology of genocide, the history of Africa, and U.S. foreign relations.

His current research focuses on radio broadcasting in the incitement and interdiction of genocide, with concentration on the Holocaust and Rwanda, and the lessons which can be applied from those cases for the prevention of genocide in the future.

New Pioneer Deli will cater the lunch, and the cost is $4.50 for members and $5.50 for non-members. There is no charge for those who bring their own lunches. 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 phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Tuesday, April 20, 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 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.