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Oct. 24, 2003

Chilean Writer To Speak To Foreign Relations Council Oct. 29

Alejandra Costamagna, an International Writing Program participant from Chile, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "Chile: Where the Land Finishes," on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church 30 North Clinton St.

Costamagna is an active figure in the Chilean literary scene, having facilitated much-acclaimed creative writing workshops at the Chile University and Catholic University of Chile as well as many other private cultural centers. In her talk, Costamagna will cover many topics, including geography, history, economics and politics - a "tour de force" of the entire country.

She has published three novels and one book of short stories, "Malas noches" (Bad Nights). Her first novel, "En voz baja" (A Low Voice), won the Gabriela Mistral Literary Games Award. Her most recent novel, "Cansado ya del sol" (Already Tired of the Sun), was a finalist in the Planeta Argentina Award in 2000. Many of her short stories have been adapted for theater production and published in anthologies.

Costamagna currently writes book reviews for "Santiago Culture Magazine," contributes to the literature section of the Chilean "Rolling Stone," and maintains a column in the "Journalist." She is participating in the International Writing Program courtesy of the U.S. State Department.

The ICFRC luncheon will be catered by Z'Mariks and is priced at $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. The last day for making reservations is Monday, Oct. 27. Reservations may not be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. Alternatively, guests are welcome to bring their own lunch.

For more information, call ICRFC Executive Director Tom Baldridge, or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday, Oct. 30, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the Foreign Relations Council with additional support from US Bank and the International Writing Program.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. Annual membership fees are $50 per person, $75 for a household of two, $25 for additional house member; and $20 for full-time students or visiting scholars.

Meetings are scheduled from August to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow the widest possible participation from the business community, other professionals, the community at large and students, faculty and staff from the university. Meetings are scheduled at catered luncheons, as dinners or as evening desserts.

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 program 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: Mansi Bhatia