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Release: March 7, 2003

CIVIC Welcomes Brazilian Reporters March 7-12

A diverse group of five Brazilian reporters will visit Iowa City Friday, March 7 through Wednesday, March 12 to learn more about media and free trade. The visit is organized by the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) as part of the International Visitor Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

The local visit is part of a three-week study tour across the United States. The main goal of the program is to provide reporters with an opportunity to expand their knowledge in trade negotiations, economics, and international politics, with an emphasis on issues involving the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiation. The reporters are also hoping to learn more about the future of the FTAA, and the different viewpoints between Brazil and the United States.

The visitors are: Silvia Correa de Faria, chief editor of the TV Globo Newsroom; Maria Denis Marin, trade and foreign policy reporter of the O Estada de Sao Paulo; Paulo de Paiva Nogueira, reporter specializing in diplomatic defense and foreign trade issues of the Gazeta Mercantil; Ricardo Jose da Guia Rosa, editor of the economics section and agribusiness supplement of the Folha de Londrina, and Marta Vieira Silva, economics reporter of the O Estado de Minas.

On Friday, March 7 the reporters are scheduled to attend "Know the Score LIVE!" at the UI Museum of Art. At 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, the visitors will tour the John Pappajohn Business Building, followed by lunch with second-year executive MBA students. The reporters will also attend a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Levitt Center sponsored by the School of Management. The reporters are also scheduled to meet with William Albrecht, professor of economics in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, tour the North Star Steel Company in Wilton, Iowa, and speak with farmers about agribusiness.

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. The office is one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodate the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program, with the other based 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. The CIVIC office is located 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 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: Thomas Baldridge, 319-335-0351. Writer: Kent Nguyen