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Release: Oct. 11, 2002

Malaysian poet to speak at Oct. 16 Foreign Relations Council

"The Noise the World Makes: Grappling with Pluralism" will be the theme of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) lecture Wednesday, Oct. 16, given by Eddin Bu-Eng Khoo, a Malaysian poet and a participant in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP).

The luncheon and lecture will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational-United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City.

Khoo has been deeply involved in preserving the heritage of Malay culture, particularly through his writing. As a journalist with "The Star," Malaysia's largest circulation English-language newspaper, Khoo has written many articles about the arts and traditions of Malaysia. Currently, he is working to establish a publishing firm that would translate literary works into Malay. In the next two years, he will publish five new books of his own works of translation, criticism, and original poetry.

Lunch will be served at the lecture, and the cost is $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. The deadline to reserve lunch for this event is noon Tuesday, Oct. 15. Charlotte will cater the event. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations may not be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge or Marianne Weiss at (319) 335-0351.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday, Oct. 17, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC with additional support from UI International Programs, Hartwig Dodge and The American House Inn at McGregor.

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. Annual membership fees are $50 per person, $75 for a household of two, $25 for additional house member; and $20 for full-time students or visiting scholars.

Meetings are scheduled from August to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow the widest possible participation 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.