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University of Iowa News Release

July 20, 2005

Taiwanese Visitor To Explore U.S. Political System July 20-23

Wen-Chang Liao, deputy director of the Public and Cultural Affairs Department of the People First Party in Taiwan, will be in Iowa City Wednesday, July 20, through Saturday, July 23, to explore U.S. perspectives on anti-terrorism policies, foreign policies and constitutional rights. This visit is sponsored by the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) as part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.

On Thursday, July 21, Liao will visit with Lyle Muller, an Iowa City-based senior editor with the Cedar Rapids Gazette, to explore local print media coverage of the war in Iraq along with other pertinent topics. He will also visit with David Redlawsk, a University of Iowa associate professor of political science, to discuss local political organizations. After his meeting with Redlawsk, he will meet with State Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa, to examine political organizations at the state level.

Thursday afternoon, Liao will meet with Elizabeth Constantine, a program officer at the Stanley Foundation and director of the Grant and Research Services Office in the UI College of Education, to discuss U.S. relations in East Asia. Later that afternoon, Liao will meet with Hauling Nieh Engle, professor emeritus of English and co-founder and former director of the UI International Writing Program.

On Friday, July 22, Liao will meet with Nick Mueller, a staff member in U.S. Rep. Jim Leach's district office, to examine the operation and services of a Congressional district office. He will then meet with David Loebsack, professor of political science at Cornell College. This meeting will focus on political organizations at the national level. After his meeting with Loebsack, Liao will visit with Stephen Vlastos, professor of history and director of the UI Center for Asian & Pacific Studies, to discuss academic interest in Pacific Rim countries.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers "serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis," said Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director. It's one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program. The other is in Des Moines.

CIVIC also is looking for volunteers to help arrange itineraries for future visitors. For more information or a complete itinerary, call the CIVIC office at 335-0351. The CIVIC office is in Room 140 of the UI's International Center, located at the south end of Ferson Avenue off of Park Road.

CIVIC is part of UI 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 for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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