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University of Iowa Press Release

March 31, 2006

Ambassador To Give ICFRC Talk On U.S.-Arab Relations

Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, Ph.D., J.D., will give a talk on "Challenges facing U.S.-Arab Relations" to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Thursday, April 6, at noon. The lecture will be held at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Maksoud is the former chief representative of the League of Arab States to the United States and the league's former permanent observer to the United Nations.  As a lawyer, journalist and diplomat, he served from 1967 to 1979 as the senior editor of the Cairo newspaper, Al-Ahram, and then as chief editor of Al-Nahar Weekly of Beirut and Paris, and also writes a weekly column for An-Nahar in Beirut.

Currently, Maksoud is a professor of international law at the American University, Washington, D.C. He is also the director of the Center for the Global South, serving with H.R.H. Princess Noor of Jordan, UNICEF chairwoman Lisbet Palme, World Bank Vice President Ismail Serageldin and the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, Cesar Gaviria. He graduated from the American University in Beirut and received his doctorate from George Washington University and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Oxford University.

This program is made possible with the support of the River Products and Humanities Iowa, and will be catered by Oasis Falafel. For those who cannot attend, WSUI-AM will carry this program on Friday, April 7, following the noon news.

Reservation forms with a check should be sent to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members and must be received by noon Tuesday, April 4.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, 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