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April 13, 2005

Professor To Discuss Media In Lebanon, Middle East April 22

Ramez Maalouf, director of the Beirut Institute for Media Arts at the Lebanese American University, will discuss, "How the Arab Media are Shaping Developments in Lebanon and the Middle East" at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon Friday, April 22. The lecture will be at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., beginning at noon.

Maalouf is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Oklahoma. He was the editor-in-chief of The Daily Star in Lebanon from 1984 to 1986, and editor-in-chief of the Athens-based Middle East Times from 1987 to 1992. Maalouf has contributed numerous articles and opinion pieces on the Middle East to U.S. and international publications including the International Herald Tribune and the Washington Times.

The Stanley Foundation in Muscatine is sponsoring Maalouf's Iowa trip. This program is sponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from Hayek Hayek Brown & Moreland LLP and Lenoch & Cilek Ace Hardware.

For those unable to attend the program, WSUI-AM will broadcast it on Monday, April 25, following the noon news.

Oasis The Falafel Joint will cater the luncheon. Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802.  Reservations for the Maalouf lunch should be received in the office by noon, Wednesday, April 20.  Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members.

For more information on this program or the ICFRC, contact Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.

Maalouf will also meet with faculty, students and staff in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, including the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, during his visit to Iowa City.

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