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Release: April 21, 1999

Indian scholar to speak about U.S.-India relations

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kousar Azam, an American Studies scholar from India, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Wednesday, April 28. Her presentation, "The Nuclear Issue in U.S.-India Relations," begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.

Azam is a professor of political science at Osmania University and is a Senior Academic Fellow in Social Sciences at the American Studies Research Center at Hyderabad. She is also co-editor of "The Indian Journal of American Studies." She recently completed a term as president of the Indian National Congress for Defense Studies, and for several years she served as director of the Center for Policy Research at Osmania University. Azam is in Iowa City as a participant in the 1999 International Forum for U.S. Studies program during which she is working on a project entitled "Internationalizing American Studies: The Search for a New Paradigm."

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 may 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 Thursday, April 29, 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.