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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 5, 2003

Foreign Relations Council To Hear About U.S. Policy Toward Colombia Dec. 9

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council will host a talk by Lisa Haugaard on "U.S. Policy towards Colombia," Tuesday, Dec. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church 30 North Clinton St.

Haugaard is the executive director of the Latin America Working Group (LAWG), which is one of the nation's longest standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy and focused on encouraging U.S. policies toward Latin America that promote human rights, justice, peace and sustainable development. From 1993 to 2001, she served as senior associate at the LAWG, where she worked on Colombia and Central America policy development assistance and other topics. She has testified before the U.S. Congress and produced numerous reports and articles on U.S.-Latin America policy.

Before joining the LAWG, Haugaard was executive director of the Central America Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. and a writer, editor and translator for the Jesuit Instituto Historico Centroamericano in Managua, Nicaragua. Haugaard has also served as an editor for major U.S. book publishers.

Haugaard earned her bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College, followed by a master's degree in Latin American studies from New York University. Later she completed her doctorate in political science at Columbia University and was a Fulbright scholar in Central America.

The ICFRC luncheon costs $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members and will be catered by New Pioneer Catering. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations can be made till noon on Monday, Dec. 8. Reservations may not be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. Alternatively, guests are welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, call ICRFC Executive Director Tom Baldridge, or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Wednesday, Dec. 10, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the Foreign Relations Council with additional support from Iowa Book LLC and International Programs.

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 for academic program and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Mansi Bhatia