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Release: May 23, 2000

Five Belarusians to visit UI to learn about writing, publishing in U.S.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five Belarusians interested in writing and publishing books will visit the University of Iowa May 24-28 to meet with writers, scholars, librarians, and publishers and learn about writing and publishing in the United States.

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is hosting the eastern Iowa portion of the group's trip to the United States. The group will celebrate Memorial Day with a potluck picnic Saturday, May 27 from 3-8 p.m. at Shelter 3, Upper City Park. The picnic is free and open to anyone who wishes to bring a dish to share. CIVIC is hosting the picnic with the assistance of the UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES).

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is hosting the eastern Iowa City portion of the group's trip to the United States. While in Iowa City, the group is scheduled to meet with Frank Conroy, director of the UI Writers' Workshop; Sandy Barkan and Rowena Torrevillas of the UI International Writing Program; Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret of Penfield Press; staff members at the UI Library and the Iowa City Public Library; K.K. Merker, director of Windhover Press; and Jim Harris, owner of Prairie Lights Books.

The Belarusian visitors include: Tamara Vladimirovna Aksenova, deputy director of the National Library of the Republic of Belarus; Konstantin Vladimirovich Khotyanovsky, director, Kavaler, Publishers Printing House; Mikhail Iosifivich Kulak, dean, School of Polygraphy, Belarusian State Technological University; Natalia Nikolaevna Makhankova, director, Joint Stock Company Mogilevkniga; Natalia Alexandrovna Yushkevich, editor-in-chief, Printing House Amalfeya.

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.

For more information or a complete itinerary, call Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, at 335-0351. For more information about the potluck picnic, contact Karen Myers, CREEES outreach coordinator at 335-1442.