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Release: May 10, 2000

Gray to speak on U.S.-Korea relations at Foreign Relations Council May 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sherry Gray of the Stanley Foundation in Muscatine will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council on "DPRK-U.S. Relations on the Eve of the Korean Summit" Wednesday, May 17 at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. It is open to the public.

Gray is coordinator of the Emerging From Conflict (EFC) program at the Stanley Foundation and is currently the program officer working on projects with China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Vietnam. The goal of the EFC program is to help normalize bilateral relations between the U.S. and a set of countries considered important to U.S. national, regional, and global interests, including Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Yugoslavia.

Gray studied at Liaoning University in Shenyang, China (in Northeast China, known to Americans as Manchuria) off and on between 1983 and 1989, and did her Ph.D. dissertation research in Shenyang, Hong Kong, and Taipei. Northeast China is home to a very large Korean ethnic population, as parts of the region were once part of the Korean empire. Gray has traveled widely in Northeast China and last year met with Koreans and Korean studies experts in Hunchun, Tumen, and Yanqi cities (all located on borders with Russia and DPRK--Democratic People's Republic of Korea).

The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Friday, May 12. New Pioneer will cater the meal, and the cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Checks can 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, May 18, following the noon news. Gray's presentation is co-sponsored by UI International Programs and the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, with additional support from Iowa State Bank & Trust Company and Mike Cilek, Coldwell Banker Realtors.

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.