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April 16, 2004

Lindberg To Speak On Middle East Oil, Gasoline Prices April 21

James Lindberg, emeritus professor of geography in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will talk about Middle East oil and the price of gasoline at an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon Wednesday, April 21, from noon to 1 p.m. The luncheon will be at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church 30 North Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Lindberg has had a long and varied involvement with the oil industry, beginning the year he graduated from college. He worked as a roustabout, a member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor, for a summer in a small oil field in southern Illinois. He spent another summer while in graduate school as a market analyst with Standard Oil in Cleveland. Then in the military, he worked as a petroleum supply officer in the Air Force in Germany. Following that, he worked for three years as a petroleum economist for Amoco in Tulsa.

Joining the UI in 1960, he taught economic geography for 40 years. This course included oil and energy topics. When the first gasoline crisis occurred in 1974, he was appointed to a special task force on fuel supply by Iowa Gov. Robert Ray. Several of the UI faculty also began to teach an interdisciplinary course entitled "Energy in Contemporary Society," which continued for almost a decade, or until oil and energy issues came off the front pages of newspapers.

The ICFRC luncheon will be catered by Thai Flavors and 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. The last day for making reservations is Monday, April 19. Reservations may not be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. Alternatively, guests are welcome to bring their own lunch.

This event is sponsored with additional support from UI International Programs and the UI Division of Sponsored Programs. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, 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, April 22, following the noon news.

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: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Mansi Bhatia