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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 10, 2003

European Union Adviser To Speak To Foreign Relations Council Sept. 16

Paul Reiderman, adviser in the Private Office of the Secretary General in the Council of the European Union, will speak about "European Security and Defense Policy and European Union - U.S. Relations" at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Tuesday, Sept. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. The luncheon will be at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St.

In his role as EU advisor, Reiderman has worked on transatlantic relations, European security and defense policy, relations with the United Nations and other policy matters, several of which relate to regions and events outside of Europe. He received his master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University. Reiderman is visiting the U.S. under the auspices of the State Department's International Visitor Program. The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is arranging his schedule in Iowa.

The luncheon will be catered by Taste of China. The cost is $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. Reservations cannot be received any later than Monday, Sept. 15. Reservations may not be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. 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 Wednesday, Sept. 17, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC with additional support from The American House Inn at McGregor.

ICFRC 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 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.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Thomas Baldridge, 319-335-0351; Writer: Kent Nguyen