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Release: Feb. 17, 2000

Bekh to discuss Ukrainian foreign policy at Foreign Relations Council Feb. 25

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Petro Bekh, the project director for an exchange program between the University of Iowa and a Ukrainian university, will speak about "Ukrainian Foreign Policy and the Role of International University to University Partnerships" at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Feb. 25 at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. It is open to the public.

Bekh is the Ukraine's project director for the U.S. State Department Partnership Program between Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine and the University of Iowa. He has also served as director of the Office for International Relations at his university since 1994 and head of the department on methods of teaching foreign languages and applied linguistics since 1982. He is the author of several English-language texts and two scientific Russian-Ukrainian-English dictionaries.

The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Tuesday, Feb. 22. New Pioneer Co-op will cater the meal, and the cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52245-1802. For more information, call 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 Monday, Feb. 28, following the noon news. Bekh's presentation is co-sponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from Prairie Lights Books and Blank & McCune the Real Estate Company.

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.

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.