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Release: Nov. 3, 2000

Former BBC correspondent to discuss book on Mao's life Nov. 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Author Philip Short, a former BBC correspondent, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about his book "Mao: A Life" on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room, lower level of Iowa State Bank & Trust, 102 S. Clinton St. The program is open to the public.

Short will discuss the material he uncovered while conducting the research for his book, which has been praised in U.S. and European reviews as the most detailed and illuminating history of Mao's life ever written. Much of Short's material, including memoirs, reminiscences, previously secret archival documents and interviews with key participants, has only become accessible in China during the recent decade.

Originally from Bristol, England, Short began his journalism career in 1967 at Drum magazine where he worked in Johannesburg and Harare. From 1967-70 he worked as a freelance journalist for the BBC, Associated Press, Time Magazine and The Financial Times among others while based in Blantyre, Malawi. He continued to freelance for these news agencies and ABC Radio News while stationed in Uganda from 1971-73. In 1973 Short joined the BBC in London as a staff reporter. During his years as a BBC correspondent (1973-1997) he worked in Moscow, Beijing, Paris, Tokyo and Washington D.C.

Short was the UI International Program's Distinguished Visiting Professional in fall 1997. He was also a visiting scholar in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications for the 1997-98 academic year. Since 1998 Short has been pursuing his writing career. Currently he is touring with his new book.

The deadline to register for the program is noon Tuesday, Nov. 7. Bread Garden Bakery will cater a dessert buffet, and the cost is $5 for members and $6 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.

Short's presentation is co-sponsored by International Programs and is presented in part with the support of Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Friday, Nov. 10 following the noon news.

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.