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Release: Jan. 18, 2000

Reisinger to discuss Russia after Yeltsin at Jan. 26th ICFRC

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa political science professor William Reisinger will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Wednesday, Jan. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rockwell Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. The theme of his speech will be "Putin Things in Perspective: Russia After Yeltsin." It is open to the public.

Reisinger studies democratization in the former communist states, post-Soviet public opinion and Russian legal orientations. He travels frequently to Russia, most recently in October. This April, he and his colleague Vicki Hesli, associate professor of political science, will host an international conference in Iowa City on the Russian elections.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan following a year doing research in the Soviet Union under the auspices of the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). He joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1985.

The cost of the soup and salad meal is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. The deadline to register for the luncheon is by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24. 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.

The event is co-sponsored by The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and UI International Programs. Additional support comes from Iowa State Bank & Trust and Hands Jewelers Since 1854.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) usually carries the program following the noon news the next day.

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 at catered luncheons, as 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.