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Release: March 8, 2000

Dreher to discuss Rastafarians at Foreign Relations Council

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Melanie Dreher, dean and professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "The Rastafarians in Jamaica," Wednesday, March 22 at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. It is open to the public.

Dreher conducted extensive research and worked as the principal investigator of several community-based studies examining the health and development of women and children in Jamaica.

In addition to serving as dean of the UI College of Nursing, she has also served as dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Miami and the University of Massachusetts. She recently worked as a visiting professor at the University of West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Dreher is a graduate of Long Island School of Nursing and received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Teachers College, and she completed her dissertation at Columbia University. She is the past president of the Council on Nursing and Anthropology and in 1999 was selected to serve a two-year term as a member of the council on Public Relations for the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C.

The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Friday, March 17. New Pioneer Catering 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 Thursday, March 23, following the noon news. Dreher's presentation is co-sponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from Community Credit Union and Barbara Haring State Farm Insurance.

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 the UI 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.