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Release: May 5, 2003

Middle East Peace Is Subject Of May 13 Talk

The Rev. Elias Chacour will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) on "Is Peace Possible in the Middle East?" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City.

Chacour, a Melkite priest, is director of Mar Elias Educational (MEE) Institutions. He is also the author of "Blood Brothers," and "We Belong to the Land." He holds degrees from Saint Sulpice, the Sorbonne University, Paris, Hebrew University, and the University of Geneva. The MEE Institutions embrace students and faculty from Christian, Druze, Jewish, and Muslim traditions, as they study and teach together for peace as one community of learning and service.

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, May 9. 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.

The event is sponsored by the ICFRC with additional support from UI International Programs and International Studies National Research Center at The University of Iowa.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry the program Wednesday, May 14 following the noon news.

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: Mansi Bhatia.