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Release: Oct. 24, 2001

Foreign Relations Council hosts lectures Oct. 30, Nov. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) has lined up two distinguished academics for its latest round of talks linking the community to developments in the global community. Both lectures take place in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Jordan L. Cohen, professor and dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, will speak on the subject of “Global Availability and Access to Pharmaceuticals,” on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at noon. Cohen's career spans over 30 years and has seen him serve positions at the University of Kentucky and the University of South California. His research has been in the areas of pharmaceutical analysis, clinical pharmacokinetics of anticancer and anti-AIDS agents, and disposition of drugs in the elderly. Currently, he has interests in leadership issues in the health professions and the effects of the changes in health care delivery on pharmaceutical education.

This lecture will be broadcast by WSUI-AM (910) on Wednesday, Oct. 31, following the noon news. This program is presented in part with the support of New Pioneer Co-op and Baldes, Leyden, and Associates. The catering will be provided by New Pioneer Deli.

Shannon O'Lear, assistant professor of geography at the University of Illinois, will speak about “What Future for the Caucasus? Specifically Azerbaijan and Armenia?” on Thursday, Nov. 1 at noon. O'Lear's doctoral research at Syracuse University examined communication spaces of environmental activist groups in a number of cities in Western Russia and Estonia. She is currently developing a public opinion survey project to collect data on environmental perceptions and environmental policy in Azerbaijan. The data will be used to analyze spatial relationships of environmental security and human security in this strategically located, oil exporting, and newly independent state.

This event is presented in part with the support of Iowa Book, LLC and Mike Cilek of Coldwell Banker. WSUI-AM (910) will broadcast this program on Friday, Nov. 3 after the noon news.

Lunch will be provided at a cost of $6 for members and $7 for non-members for each event. The deadline to register is noon, Friday, Oct. 26 for the Cohen lecture, and Thursday, Oct. 30 for the O'Lear event. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations are unable to be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council 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 at 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.