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Release: Sept. 21, 2001

UNICEF expert discusses AIDS in southern Africa at Sept. 27 ICFRC

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Ground Zero in the Plague Years: Perspectives on the HIV and AIDS Epidemic in Southern Africa" will be the topic of a talk Thursday, Sept. 27, starting at noon at the Congregational Church Rockwood Fellowship Hall, 30 N. Clinton St. as part of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) lecture series.

The lecture will be given by Alan Brody, who is currently head of UNICEF in Swaziland and who has some "eye-opening stories" on the AIDS crisis there. Brody also served as the University of Iowa International Programs' Distinguished Visiting Professional in 1999. At that time, he was on leave from his position as senior program and planning officer at the UNICEF Office for China at Beijing. He has worked for UNICEF since 1983 when he served in temporary positions as consultant to UNICEF Nigeria. Between Lagos and Beijing, Brody served with UNICEF in Afghanistan and Turkey.

Brody graduated from Yale University in 1968 with a degree in English literature/creative writing, and then he worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana. He came to the UI and taught journalism and development studies courses from 1979 to 1984 while pursuing a Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication.

A buffet will be catered by Taste of China. The cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon Tuesday, Sept. 25. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. They are unable to accept reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351.

The lecture is co-sponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from the River Products Company and University of Iowa Community Credit Union. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Friday, Sept. 28, following the noon news.

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.