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Release: Aug. 29, 2001

Public invited to greet IWP participants at potluck picnic Sept. 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is hosting its annual potluck picnic to welcome the 29 current participants in the 2001 International Writing Program (IWP) Wednesday, Sept. 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Upper City Park, Shelter No. 3. The public is invited to attend. Those attending are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert to serve 10-12 people.

Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, said this is an excellent opportunity to meet some of the world's finest poets, playwrights and fiction writers who come from a variety of countries, including Cuba, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Israel/West Bank and Laos.

"We hope people will come out and warmly welcome these writers whom we are so fortunate to have right here in our back yards," Baldridge said. "It's a great occasion to meet and make exciting friends and to break bread with some of the best literary minds from all over the world."

Those wishing to attend should RSVP by calling CIVIC at 335-0351 or the Cadorets at 644-2746. Please let them know how many people are coming and what type of food you are planning to bring.

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. Information Agency's International Visitor Program (IVP). IVP is a professional exchange program administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Information Agency.

CIVIC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, 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.