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Dec. 7, 2005

Loebsack Speaks To ICFRC On CAFTA: Political Economy Of Free Trade Dec. 15

David Loebsack, a professor of political science at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA): The Political Economy of Free Trade" on Thursday, Dec. 15, at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Loebsack teaches courses in American foreign policy and international and comparative politics. He holds three degrees in political science -- bachelor's and master's degrees from Iowa State University and a doctorate from the University of California at Davis. Loebsack was trained as an Africanist, and in 1981 spent three months as a State Department intern in Lagos, Nigeria. The following year brought him to Cornell College, where he has served as chair of the politics department and on college committees.

In the late 1980s, Loebsack shifted his geographical focus from Africa to Latin America, and he has traveled to several countries in Central and South America to conduct research with Cornell students. He has received numerous Cornell grants and has participated in Fulbright Summer Seminars in Latin America. He has also participated in two NEH Summer Seminars in the U.S. where he researched various topics related to American foreign policy, including research at the Library of Congress last July.

Loebsack is currently challenging Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) in Iowa's second Congressional district. This presentation is not connected to the campaign.

This program is made possible by the support of Iowa Book LLC and Technigraphics, Inc. The event is being catered by The Cottage. For those unable to attend, the lecture will be broadcast on WSUI AM-910 on Friday Dec. 16 following the noon news.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for the luncheon should be received by noon, Monday, Dec. 12. 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 consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects, and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of 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.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn