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Release: Feb. 26, 2003

Grinnell's Simawe To Discuss Iraqi Standoff March 5

Saadi Simawe, an Iraqi professor from Grinnell College, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) on the topic, "Do Iraqis Have to Choose: Dictatorship or Neocolonialism?" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. Lunch begins at noon, and the lecture begins at 12:30 p.m.

Simawe, the chair of the English department at Grinnell College, will discuss the current events in Iraq and the tough choice between dictatorship and neocolonialism. Simawe, who has published fiction, literary criticism, and translations in Arabic and English, writes and publishes in both Arabic and English. His most recent book, "Modern Iraqi Poetry in English Translation," was just published by King's College, London. Currently he is working on a book translating the works of American poets against war in Iraq.

Born in the south of Iraq, Simawe attended Al-Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, graduating in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in English. He left Iraq that year for political reasons. After four years teaching Arabic and English at high schools in the Sahara Desert between Libya and Chad, Simawe moved in 1980 to the U.S. as a graduate student in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his Master of Arts degree in 1983 and came to the UI where he earned another Master of Arts degree in African American Studies in 1991 and a Ph.D. in English in 1994 with a concentration in African American literature.

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 Friday, Feb 28. Café Z 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, March 6, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC with additional support from UI International Programs, Iowa State Bank & Trust and the University of Iowa Division of Sponsored Programs.

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 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