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Release: Nov. 11, 1999

(Editors note: Alan Brody is available for interviews. Contact him at 335-4052 or at 335-3422.)

UNICEF staffer to discuss children's rights at Nov. 18 ICFRC event

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Alan Brody, a senior program and planning officer with UNICEF, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Thursday, Nov. 18 at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. Iowa City. Brody will speak on, "Investing in the World’s Children: Doing Good for Ourselves by Doing Right by Others."

Brody, the University of Iowa International Programs' Distinguished Visiting Professional, is writing and teaching while on leave from his position as senior program and planning officer at the UNICEF Office for China in Beijing.

Brody graduated from Yale University in 1968 with a degree in English literature and creative writing and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana from 1968-1970 and

1972 -1978. He came to the UI and taught journalism and development studies courses from

1979-1984 while pursing a Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication (development support communication).

Since graduating from the UI, Brody has worked for UNICEF full-time in Nigeria, Turkey, Afghanistan and, most recently, in China, where he served for four years as senior program and planning officer and deputy to the representative for UNICEF in China.

He is visiting the UI this fall as a Distinguished Visiting Professional, thanks to a National Resource Center (NCR) grant through UI International Programs. The Global Studies Program is hosting his visit. He is teaching a 10-week seminar entitled, "Development Policy and Planning in the Third World." He is on leave from UNICEF and will resume work with them in December in a new location.

Reservations for the luncheon presentation are $6.50 for ICFRC members and $8 for non-members and guests and need to be received at the ICFRC office by noon Tuesday, Nov. 16. 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 Friday, Nov. 19, following the noon news.

Brody's presentation is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and the University of Iowa International Programs. Additional support comes from Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. and Michael J. Cilek of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

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 University of Iowa campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

Meetings are scheduled from September to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening in order 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.

ICFRC is part of UI International Programs, which consist 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.