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Release: May 9, 2002

Stanley Foundation officers to discuss U.S.-Iran relations May 15

Sherry Gray and Michael Kraig of the Stanley Foundation will speak on "Emerging From Conflict (EFC): Discussions with Iran,” the next in a series of lectures organized by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC). The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St., Iowa City.

Recent political changes in both Iran and the United States offer hope for improved bilateral relations over the next few years. The Stanley Foundation hopes to develop programs that will lead to the search for common ground with Iran.

Gray and Kraig are both program officers at the Muscatine-based Stanley Foundation. Gray works in the U.S. foreign policy department and is currently responsible for the Emerging From Conflict foreign policy program. She has taught comparative politics and Asian studies at Providence and Macalester colleges and the universities of Louisville, Minnesota, and Port Harcourt (Nigeria). Kraig is currently managing two new areas for future projects in international security. He completed his graduate work at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and consulted and lectured on U.S. nuclear weapons operations.

Lunch will be provided by New Pioneer Catering at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall and is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon Monday, May 13. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations cannot be made by phone, but last-minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Thursday, May 16, following the noon news. The event is co-sponsored by UI International Programs, with additional support from US Bank and New Pioneer Co-op.

ICFRC 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.