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Release: April 27, 2001

Martin to speak on peace and justice at foreign relations council annual meeting May 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jeff Martin, vice president and director of programs at the Stanley Foundation, will speak on "Secure Peace with Freedom & Justice: An Enduring Ideal," Thursday, May 3 at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council annual meeting. The meeting starts at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St., and the council will elect new board members prior to the lecture.

Martin has been vice president at the Stanley Foundation since November 1999. Prior to that, he was head of the foundation's communications department. He began work at the foundation in March 1980 and created "Common Ground," a weekly half-hour radio program on world affairs that is heard on more than 110 radio stations across the country. During his tenure he has also developed into a specialist on United Nation's affairs, acting as the principal organizer on more than 25 international conferences on the United Nations. Before joining the Stanley Foundation, Martin worked for 10 years as a journalist in Illinois and Iowa. He majored in political science and English at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater.

The meal will be provided by New Pioneer Catering. The cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon Tuesday, May 1. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

Martin's presentation is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) with additional support from New Pioneer Co-op, Hills Bank & Trust, and The Tai Chi Institute. WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Friday, May 4 following the noon news.

ICFRC 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 UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of 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.