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Release: Nov. 2, 1999

Ambassador to give first lecture in new Foreign Relations Council series

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former U.S. ambassador E. Michael Southwick, deputy assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs at the United Nations, will be the first speaker for the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) new evening lecture series. He will present, "The United States and the UN at the End of the 20th Century," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 in the South Room at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Southwick’s agency develops and implements U.S. policy in the UN and its specialized agencies. He oversees the entire range of economic and social policy issues that come before the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly Second and Third Committees. He joined the Foreign Service in 1967 and has worked in a variety of positions concentrating on African affairs and management. He has had assignments in Katmandu, Kigali, Geneva, Bujumbura, Niamey, Nairobi, and most recently, in Kampala where he served as U.S. Ambassador to Uganda.

Co-sponsors of this series of special evenings are the Johnson County Chapter of United Nations Association-USA, Gerald and Sandra Eskin and Nancy Seiberling. Additional sponsors are being sought for the series.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is initiating this new series focusing on the impact of global issues at the millennium. These special evenings will be dessert receptions with one this fall and one or two next spring. The series was initiated by the ICFRC Special Events Committee in conjunction with the Program Committee.

Reservations may be made for this dessert reception and address by sending a check for $8 made out to the "Iowa City Foreign Relations Council" to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, IA 52242. The deadline to register for the Nov. 9 event is Friday, Nov. 5.

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, Nov. 10, 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.

Meetings are scheduled from August to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow as wide a participation as possible from the business community, other professionals, the community at large and students, faculty and staff from the university. Meetings are scheduled as catered luncheons, dinners or as evening desserts.

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.

ICFRC currently has approximately 200 members. To join the ICFRC, annual membership fees are as follows: general member’s dues - $50; household of two persons, $75; and student/visiting scholar, $20.