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Jan. 29, 2004

Expert To Speak On U.S.-Cuba Relations At Foreign Relations Council Feb. 5

John Kavulich II, president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council Inc., will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) about "Cuba and the United States: A Mixture of Commerce and Politics" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

The U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council is the largest business organization within the United States focusing on the Republic of Cuba. Kavulich has served as president since 1994 and also serves as the editor in chief for the organization's weekly publication, "Economic Eye on Cuba." Kavulich received his bachelor of business administration from George Washington University in 1983.

The lunch will be catered by Z'Mariks. The cost of attendance 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, Feb. 2. 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 Friday, Feb. 6 following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC and International Programs with additional support from Hands Jewelers.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Writer: Kent Nguyen