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Release: March 24, 1999

UI political scientist to speak about fall of Communism in Poland

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Denise V. Powers, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Iowa, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Tuesday, March 30. Her presentation, "Ten Years After the Fall of Communism: The Political Struggle for Historical Memory in Poland" begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City and is open to the public.

Powers joined the UI political science department in August 1998. Her primary research, which draws upon fieldwork conducted in Poland from 1993-1995, examines the social psychological basis of individuals' reactions to regime change, and she is currently working on a book manuscript based on this research entitled "Rebuilding States and Recasting Selves." Other research interests include social mobilization, voting behavior, and the dynamics of democratic transition.

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 Wednesday, March 31, 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.