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Release: July 17, 2000

Papua New Guinean journalist to visit UI, Iowa City July 19-22

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A journalist from Papua New Guinea will spend four days in eastern Iowa to learn how journalism is taught and practiced in the United States. Kevin Pamba, a journalism lecturer at Divine Word University in Madang and a newspaper columnist, will meet with University of Iowa journalism professors and members of the local media during his visit to Iowa City July 19-22. The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is arranging Pamba's visit.

While in Iowa City, Pamba will meet with Ken Starck, a UI professor of journalism, Vince Nelson, executive director of the UI Alumni Association, Lyle Muller, editor of the Iowa City Gazette, and members of the Iowa City Press-Citizen staff. Pamba is also interested in non-governmental organizations that focus on the environment and on the poor, so CIVIC has arranged for him to visit the Crisis Center in Iowa City and the Science Center's Great Russian Mammoth Exhibit at Sycamore Mall.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis. It is one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Program (IVP). IVP is a professional exchange program administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Interviews with Pamba, who speaks English, can be arranged. For more information or a complete itinerary, call Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, at 335-0351.