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Feb. 2, 2007

Afghan War Topic Of Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Luncheon Feb. 8

Alan Brody, a University of Iowa alumnus, will discuss "Revisiting the First Afghan War: Learning Lessons from Our Own Playbook" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon. The presentation will be held in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Brody retired from the United Nations in September 2006, and he is presently a writer living in Iowa City. Apart from regular editorial publications in newspapers in Swaziland, he has previously published an editorial in the New York Times titled, "In One Country, AIDS on the Rampage" in August 2006.

Brody received a bachelor's degree in English from Yale University in 1968, and in 1984 he received from the University of Iowa a doctorate in journalism and mass communication with an emphasis in development support communication. He served for nearly eight years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana from 1968 to 1978. Brody then joined UNICEF in 1984, working in Nigeria and Turkey before his assignment in March 1993 to Afghanistan. After Afghanistan, his UNICEF assignments were in China from 1995 to 1999 and in Swaziland from 2000 to 2006.

This program is presented in part with the support of Joe Brisben and McDonald Optical Dispensary Ltd., and will be catered by The Cottage. For those unable to attend, this lecture will be broadcast on WSUI-AM at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 on the News/Talk Iowa Public Radio network.

Reservation forms with a check can be sent to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7.50 for members and $8.50 for non-members. The deadline to register is by noon Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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