CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
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
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.