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Feb. 23, 2005

UI Professor To Speak On Democratic Institutions In Colombia, Venezuela

Democratic institutions in Colombia and Venezuela will be discussed at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon Thursday, March 10. Erika Moreno, assistant professor of political science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak about, "Democracy in the Crosshairs? The Strength of Democratic Institutions in Colombia and Venezuela," at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St. The luncheon begins at noon and the lecture begins around 12:20 p.m.

Moreno is the author of several articles and book chapters that examine the quality of representation and strength of democratic institutions in Colombia and Venezuela and across the region. She received her doctorate in political science, with emphasis on comparative politics, in 2001 at the University of Arizona. Her research is focused on democratic institutions, elections, and political parties, primarily in the Andean region of South America, with an emphasis on Colombia and Venezuela.

This program will be catered by Soleil: N'Zungu - African & Caribbean Cuisine.  This luncheon is made possible with the support of Meardon Sueppel Downer PLC and Hills Bank & Trust and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC. For those unable to attend the program, WSUI-AM will broadcast it on Friday, March 11, following the noon news.

Send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. The cost is $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members and should be received in the office by noon, Wednesday, March 2.

For more information on this program or the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, 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 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