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Sept. 21, 2005

Women In Middle East Focus Of Sept. 28 ICFRC Evening Panel Discussion

A panel of six women from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program will discuss "Women in the Middle East" at the next Iowa City Foreign Relations Council meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. This event will be an evening dessert buffet rather than the usual luncheon.

The panel members are: Mona Prince, a novelist, short story writer and essayist from Egypt; Sharron Hass, a poet, essayist and editor from Israel; Estabraq Al Faraj, a poet, fiction writer and investigator from Kuwait; Laila El Neihoum, a journalist, poet, editor and translator from Libya; Zahiye Kondos, a translator and journalist from Palestine; and Nadia Abduljabbar, a poet from Saudi Arabia.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for the Middle East Women Panel should be received in the office by noon, Monday, Sept. 26. Reservations are $3 for members and $4 for non-members.

This program is made possible with the support of Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C. and Friendly Farms, and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC. For those unable to attend the program, WSUI (AM-910) will broadcast it on Thursday, Sept. 29, following the noon news.

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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Po Li Loo