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April 18, 2006

Laronde Will Lecture On African Immigration At ICFRC Luncheon April 26

Michel Laronde, an associate professor of French in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will discuss "African Immigration and Postcolonial France" at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon Wednesday, April 26, at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Laronde received his doctorate from Indiana University in 20th-century literature and now works in several areas of Francophone studies: Quebec, Africa and its Diaspora in the French Caribbean and immigration in France.

North Africa and immigration in France remains Laronde's main teaching and research area, and he has written several books on the subject: "Autour du roman beur Immigration et identité" (1993), a seminal book on the presentation of beur fiction in the 1980s; "L'Ecriture décentrée," a volume of essays he edited in 1996 that follows the evolution of Arabo-French fiction and of the critical thought that frames the domain; and "Leila Sebbar" (2003), another edited volume that is a collection of studies on the creative works by the French author who was born in North Africa. Laronde just completed a manuscript on the ideological impact on French culture of the practices that are fictionalized in the postcolonial literature and cinema from the 1980s and 1990s.

This program is made possible with the support of New Pioneer Co-op Catering and River Products, and will also be catered by New Pioneer Co-op Catering. For those who cannot attend, WSUI-AM will carry this program on Thursday, April 27, following the noon news.

Send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members and must be received by noon Friday, April 21.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, please contact Thomas Baldridge at 319-384-2260 or Marianne Weiss 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 a 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: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn.