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Sept. 3, 2003

Public Invited To Sept. 10 CIVIC Annual Picnic To Welcome IWP Participants

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) will host its annual picnic to welcome this year's 25 International Writing Program (IWP) participants Wednesday, Sept. 10. The picnic will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Shelter No. 3 in Upper City Park. The public is invited to attend. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a main dish, salad or desert to serve 10 to 12 people.

Those attending this annual event will have the opportunity to casually converse with some of the best contemporary poets, fiction writers and playwrights from 20 countries, according to Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director.

"It's a distinguished lot," Baldridge said, adding that these writers have established reputations with prospects for a brilliant future. These 25 writers come from such diverse countries as Argentina, Botswana, Chile, Israel, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP by calling Jeanne Cadoret at 624-2746 no later than Monday, Sept. 8. Or, send an e-mail to Jean Cadoret at or Marianne Weiss at Please let them know how many people are coming and what type of food you are planning to bring

CIVIC offers residents of eastern Iowa numerous opportunities to become "American ambassadors" here at home, Baldridge said. As CIVIC introduces local citizens to future world leaders and visitors with a wide array of interests, it provides the visitors a view of the rich cultural, educational and economic life of our communities.

CIVIC serves as host to international visitors invited by United States embassies to take part in the International Visitor Program. As a member of the National Council for International Visitors, CIVIC is one of 98 nationwide community organizations that promote intercultural exchange between international leaders, the educational and business community. When a visit includes eastern Iowa, CIVIC arranges for professional consultations and field trips to industrial, scientific, educational and business facilities. Visitors are also invited to participate in the social and cultural life of our communities through home hospitality, sightseeing, cultural and recreational events.

CIVIC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, 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.

A complete schedule of the IWP participants' public appearances is on the IWP website:

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