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Release: Sept. 25, 2001

Award winning journalist to discuss Middle East politics at Oct. 2 Foreign Relations Council

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert Fisk, an author and award-winning journalist, will speak about "Politics of Delusion in the Middle East" on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at noon at the Congregational Church Rockwood Fellowship Hall, 30 N. Clinton St. as part of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council lecture series. The presentation is open to the public.

Fisk, who is Middle East correspondent for the London's "Independent" newspaper, has written several books on war in Ireland and Lebanon, including, "The Point of No Return: The strike which broke the British in Ulster," and "Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War." His journalism career has seen him cover the British occupation of Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, and the Israel invasion of Lebanon, as well as wars in Bosnia and Algeria. He was the Times Belfast correspondent from 1971-1975 and Middle East Correspondent from 1976-1987.

Fisk received his Ph.D. in political science from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1985 and an honorary doctorate of literature and journalism from the University of Lancaster, England.

Lunch will be provided by Rob's Deli and Catering. The cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon, Friday Sept. 28. 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 take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351.

The event is co-sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs with additional support from Enzler's of Iowa City, Inc. and Iowa Book, LLC. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Wednesday October 3, 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.

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.