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March 19, 2004

U.N. Expert To Discuss U.S.-U.N. Relationship March 26

Gillian Martin Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "The U.S. and the U.N.: Can This Marriage Be Saved?" Friday March 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rockwood Fellowship hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Sorensen is also a national advocate on matters related to the United Nations and the U.S.-U.N. relationship, addressing a variety of audiences including Rotary International, the Air Force Academy, staff and members of Congress, and newspaper editorial writers and television correspondents. From l997 to 2003, she served as assistant secretary-general for external relations on appointment by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She was responsible for outreach to civil society including non-governmental organizations.

Sorensen is a graduate of Smith College and studied at the Sorbonne. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Women's Forum and the Women's Foreign Policy Group. She previously served as a board member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on appointment by the president of the United States. In addition to her public service, she has been active in politics and was a delegate to three national presidential conventions.

The lunch will be catered by Taste of China. 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 Wednesday, March 24. 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 Monday, March 29, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC and UI International Programs with additional support from Joe Brisben of BDF Investments.

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 and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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