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Release: May 25, 2001

(Editors note: To receive a complete itinerary or to set up interviews with any of these CIVIC visitors, call Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, at (319) 335-0351.

CIVIC hosts international visitors to Iowa City in May, June

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An editor from mainland China, a farm federation director from Australia and three members of the media from Kazakhstan will all visit eastern Iowa in late May and early June as guests of the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

-- Xuejun Li, of China, deputy editor of Dushu, a reading magazine, will visit Iowa City through CIVIC Wednesday, May 30 through June 2. She will be accompanied by an interpreter and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. While in the United States, Li would like to observe how intellectual commentary and literary magazines in the U.S. are edited and published, and how they inform public opinion as well as explore the role of print media in a democratic society.

-- Lyall Howard, deputy director and National Farmers' Federation director, Trade and Quarantine, National Farmers' Federation, from Australia, will visit Iowa City June 2-6. While in the U.S., Howard would like to address several agricultural and trade issues and gain insight into the politics of domestic farm policy in the U.S., including preparations for the 2002 Farm Bill; as well as gain an understanding of the political economy of U.S. trade policy in agriculture.

-- Vladislav Yuritsyn,, deputy editor in chief of The Globe; Nikolay Drozd, analytical reporter, Panorama; and Sluzhan Ismailova, reporter for Meqapolis, all of Kazakhstan, will visit the Iowa City area June 3-6. They speak Kazakh, Russian and German and will have an interpreter. They plan to learn about the following: small newspaper operations, reporting and investigative techniques, marketing and advertising, technology for computer layout, editing, using the internet as a research tool and getting a hands on view of newspaper operations. They will meet with representatives of local media as well as faculty with the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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

CIVIC is part of UI International Programs, which consist 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.