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Jan. 16, 2004

Holland To Discuss 'Global Trade - Fair Trade' At Jan. 21 ICFRC

William Holland, campaign organizer for the Iowa Fair Trade Campaign, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) about "Global Trade - Fair Trade," on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St. in Iowa City.

This program is co-sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs with additional support from Technigraphics, Inc.

The Iowa Fair Trade Campaign is a coalition of labor unions, family farmers, members of the faith community and environmental groups opposing corporate trade agreements. The campaign, sponsored by Americans for Democratic Action, works to ensure the Democratic nominees for president oppose failed trade models and support fair trade. Prior to working on the campaign, Holland was the grassroots organizer with ForestEthics, where he helped lead the successful effort to convince Staples, Inc to dramatically increase their sale of recycled paper and protect endangered forests. Holland graduated from Grinnell College.

The ICFRC luncheon will be catered by The Pit Smokehouse 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. Reservations must be must be received in the office by noon Tuesday, Jan. 20. 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 Thursday, Jan. 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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Thomas Baldridge, 319-335-0351,