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Oct. 25, 2006

Etwebi Lectures On Modern Libya At ICFRC Luncheon Nov. 2

Ashur Etwebi, a Libyan physician, poet, translator and novelist, will lecture on "Steps in the Sand: Modern Libya" at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. The luncheon will be held at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Etwebi, a physician and senior lecturer at Zawia Teaching Hospital, is participating in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) courtesy of the U.S. Embassy at Tripoli. In his literary career, he has translated the poems of W.B. Yeats, as well as collections of American, Lithuanian and Canadian modern poetry. Since 1993, he has published four collections of poems, most recently "A Box of the Old Laughs" (2005). His work is widely anthologized in the Arab-speaking world and Europe, including the "Anthology of Modern Arabic Poetry." In 2001, he completed his first novel, "Dardaneen."

The program is presented in part with the support of Hands Jewelers since 1854 and Regions Bank, Coralville. It is co-sponsored by UI International Programs and the IWP. This event will be catered by Aladdin. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry the program on Friday Nov. 3 following the noon news.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA, 52242-5500. Reservations - $7.50 for members, $8.50 for non-members - must be received by noon Monday Oct. 30.

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 enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn