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Release: Feb. 25, 2002

Brookings president, former diplomat Armacost to speak at UI March 4, 6

Michael H. Armacost, president of the Brookings Institution and a U.S. foreign policy expert, will visit the University of Iowa March 4-6 as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor sponsored by the UI department of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

While at the UI he will give several public lectures about foreign policy issues and participate in seminars with faculty, undergraduates and graduate students. His primary public lecture, “The U.S. and East Asia—Past, Present, Future,” begins at 7:45 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the Shambaugh Auditorium in the UI Main Library. This lecture is scheduled as part of a UI history class, “The U.S. and World Affairs,” taught by UI history professor David Schoenbaum with Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College from 7-9 p.m. Mondays.

Before joining Brookings in 1995, Armacost had a distinguished diplomatic career as ambassador to Japan (1989-93) and the Philippines (1982-84) and as under secretary of state in the George H.W. Bush Administration. He also held senior policy positions on the staff of the National Security Council and in the Departments of State and Defense.

Armacost’s experience working for the State Department will inform an open conversation about “International Careers and Foreign Service: All you wanted to know but were afraid to ask,” on March 4 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 120, Schaeffer Hall. This discussion is co-sponsored by UI International Programs and the Honors Program.

Also on March 4, Armacost will be a guest on “Iowa Talks,” at 10 a.m. on WSUI-AM (910), and he will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about “Japan and the Korean Peninsula: The Challenge for U.S. Foreign Policy,” at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street, Iowa City.

Finally, on Wednesday, March 6, Armacost will speak about “Decoding America's Relations with Asia: Who Says What to Whom,” from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 140, Schaeffer Hall. This lecture is sponsored by the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

Armacost is a magna cum laude graduate of Carleton College and earned his master's and doctorate in public law and government from Columbia University. The Brookings Institution is the nation’s oldest think tank and its staff includes many of the world’s leading public policy scholars.

All of Armacost’s presentations are free and open to the public except for the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, which includes a luncheon for a nominal fee and requires advance registration. To register for the luncheon, contact the Foreign Relations Council by Thursday, Feb. 28, at 335-0351.

Armacost’s activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.