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March 30, 2007

Immigration Expert To Speak At Foreign Relations Council April 5

Mark Grey, professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "The Role of Faith in the New Iowa: The Challenges and Rewards of Immigration" from noon to 1 pm. at the Thursday, April 5, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon in the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

In addition to teaching, Grey also directs the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, an award-winning program that provides consultation, training and publications to Iowa communities, churches, organizations and employers as they deal with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with influxes of immigrant and refugee newcomers.

Grey received his doctorate in applied anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has published extensively on immigration and was part of the "New Americans, New Iowans" series in 2004 through UNI and Iowa Public Television. Grey has won numerous awards for his activities, including the Iowa Friends of Civil Rights Award, the Iowa Council for International Understanding Vision Award, the University of Northern Iowa Distinguished Service Award and the Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

This program is sponsored by Meardon Sueppel & Downer PLC and The University of Iowa Community Credit Union and will be catered by The Cottage. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry this program on Sunday, April 8, at 8 p.m. 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 noon Tuesday, April 3.

For more information on these programs, 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: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn