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Release: Feb. 8, 2001

Barkan to discuss World Bank with foreign relations council Feb. 13

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joel Barkan, a professor of political science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, will address the question, "Can the World Bank Adjust to the 21st Century?" on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street, Iowa City. The program is open to the public.

Barkan is a specialist on issues of governance and political reform in developing countries. In 1992 and 1993 he served as the regional democracy and governance advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa at the United States Agency for International Development. He was a visiting senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1997-98 and at the National Endowment for Democracy last year. He is currently a resident consultant at the Governance Division of the Africa Bureau at the World Bank.

The meal will be provided by Rob’s Delicatessen. The cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon Monday, Feb. 12. Checks can 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.

Barkan’s presentation is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) with additional support from the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Wednesday, Feb. 14 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.

Meetings are scheduled from August to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow as wide a participation as possible from the business community, other professionals, the community at large and students, faculty and staff from the university. Meetings are scheduled as catered luncheons, as dinners or as evening desserts.

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.