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Feb. 16, 2005

Greenough To Discuss Impact Of Tsunami In Sri Lanka Feb. 22

The tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia, killing more than 30,000 people in Sri Lanka alone, comes closer to home with the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council's (ICFRC) Tuesday, Feb. 22, luncheon. Paul Greenough, professor of history in the UI Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, will speak about, "A Great Wave in Paradise: The December 2004 Tsunami against a Background of Development and Civil War." The luncheon begins at noon at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

During the disaster last Dec. 26, Greenough, who also directs the UI Global Health Studies Program, was traveling in Sri Lanka with a UI research team. His work focuses on health and environmental issues in India with an emphasis on the history of public health. Greenough is also a co-editor of a recently published collection of essays titled "Nature in the Global South: Environmental Projects in South and Southeast Asia" (Duke University Press 2004). 

Greenough also served as director of The Crossing Borders Program from 1999 to 2004. This is a program conceived in 1999 as a small research project that has emerged as a doctoral training program with 11 departments. The program has been part of the UI's response to globalization, providing seminars, conferences and travel opportunities for students interested in cultural studies. He is currently a departmental mentor in history for Crossing Borders.

The Feb. 22 program will be catered by India Café. It is supported in part by Joseph Brisben, BDI and Blank & McCune the Real Estate Company and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC. For those unable to attend the event WSUI-AM (910) will carry the program on Wednesday Feb. 23 following the noon news.

Send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for the Greenough luncheon should be received in the office by noon, Friday, Feb. 18. 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.

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: Thomas Baldridge, 319-335-0351; Writer: Diana Brace