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Dec. 8, 2004

Ambassador To Discuss U.S.-Vietnam Relations At Dec. 14 ICFRC

The United States' relationship with Vietnam is the topic of discussion for the next Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Vietnamese Ambassador Ton-nu-thi Ninh will discuss the developing relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam. The luncheon will start at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City. The Stanley Foundation in Muscatine is supporting her visit to Iowa.

Ninh is a member of Vietnam's law-making body, the National Assembly, representing the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. In her position as vice chair of the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee, her mission has been to develop and enhance Vietnam's relations with the countries of North America, particularly the United States and Western Europe. She travels frequently to the U.S. and Europe and regularly interacts with senior government and business leaders both abroad and in Vietnam.

Ninh grew up in France and attended Sorbonne University and Cambridge University. She taught English and English literature at Paris University in the late 1960s and later at Saigon University until 1975. Born into a traditional family of Central Vietnam, she developed her political commitment to the National Liberation Front for South Vietnam early on during her student days in Paris.

This program will be catered by Mekong. This luncheon is made possible with the support of by University of Iowa Community Credit Union and McDonald Optical and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC. For those unable to attend the program, WSUI-AM will be broadcasting it on Wednesday, Dec. 15 following the noon news.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for the Ninh luncheon should be received in the office by noon, Friday, Dec. 10. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, please contact Tom Baldridge at 319-335-0351.

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.

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 of International Programs (IP), 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: Kent Nguyen