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Release: February 17, 2003

Irish Journalist To Visit UI Feb. 19-23

Paul Cullen, a journalist with the Irish Times, will come to Iowa City Feb. 19-23 to explore different aspects of U.S. foreign policy in a program hosted by the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC). Cullen is especially interested in the management of diversity in a multi-ethnic society and government policies and practices for immigrants, refugees and citizenship.

During his four-day visit, Cullen will meet with local representatives of the print media as well as with University of Iowa faculty and members of the local Sudanese community. He also plans to attend the Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival Sunday, Feb. 23.

He hopes to explore the following areas of professional interest: integration of immigrants, how U.S. authorities investigate corruption and other forms of wrongdoing, the role of the media in investigating wrongdoing and a comparison of the U.S. system with the Irish tribunals.

Other areas that Cullen is interested in include coping with diversity in society, the use of new technologies to enhance the media product, how consumers' rights are protected in the United States, and the freedom of information rights and provisions.

As development correspondent for the Irish Times, Cullen has had numerous foreign assignments in more than a dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Cullen's work involves significant interaction with international organizations, particularly the United Nations. He has also covered the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and various other European bodies.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers "serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis," according to Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director. It is one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program. The other is in Des Moines.

CIVIC also is looking for volunteers to help arrange itineraries for visitors. For more information or a complete itinerary, call the CIVIC office at 335-0351 or Jeanne Cadoret, CIVIC board president, at 624-2746. The CIVIC office is in Room 38 of the UI's International Center, located at the south end of Ferson Avenue off of Park Road.

CIVIC is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs 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.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351. Writer: Vitalis Torwel