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March 27, 2003

Shropshire To Speak On 'Healing From War With Music' April 3

Liz Shropshire, founder of the Kosovo Children's Music Initiative, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) on "Post-Conflict Rehabilitation: Healing from War with Music" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. The lunch begins at noon, and the lecture begins at 12:30 p.m.

The Kosovo Children's Music Initiative organizes musical education and performances to promote the welfare of Kosovar children and communities. In 1999, Shropshire traded in her musical career for war-ravaged Kosovo. She solicited donations of more than $5,000 in instruments (pennywhistles and harmonicas) and music and traveled to the city of Gjakove in Kosovo as a volunteer with the Balkan Sunflowers Organization. Her mission was to help children forget the horrors of war with music.

"The children of Kosovo were especially traumatized. Hundreds of them watched helplessly as their family members were killed by the withdrawing Serbian Army," Shropshire said.

Shropshire who has more than 20 years of experience as a composer and music teacher, spent five years teaching emotionally-disturbed elementary and secondary school students in Los Angeles before going to Kosovo. In Kosovo, she organized and taught a short-term music program in a local school and a transit shelter camp, and subsequently, served in the cities of Peje and Kline as a music therapist with the organization, War Child.

Shropshire received her bachelor of arts degree in music composition and theory from Brigham Young University and a graduate degree in composition from the University of Southern California.

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, April 1. New Pioneer Deli 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 Friday, April 4, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC with additional support from UI International Programs and Iowa State Bank & Trust.

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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351. Writer: Vitalis Torwel