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May 3, 2007

UI Journalism Professor To Report On China At May 8 Lecture

Judy Polumbaum, a University of Iowa professor of journalism and mass communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak about her recent trip to China at an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon Tuesday, May 8, at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Polumbaum's remarks, titled "Report on Today's China," will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m.

"Topics will range from reminiscences of China's pre-revolution student movement to the search for the 'modern man' to adventures with Chinese bureaucracy," Polumbaum said.

Polumbaum will be leading a group of UI students to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics to work as media volunteers. Some of her time in China was spent coordinating an agreement between the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, Tsinghua University and the UI to help ensure that the students get positions as volunteers.

"When all signatures are affixed, we will be the first university outside
China to conclude such an agreement," she said.  

Polumbaum's research interests include Chinese and East Asian media systems and practices, journalism and freedom of expression in cross-cultural perspective, newsroom decision making, and news coverage of sports, the environment and women's issues. She teaches feature, freelance and magazine writing; international communication; and a range of other courses. She is also an affiliated faculty member with the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and International Studies and directs the Center for Chinese Language and Culture, which is part of the UI Confucius Institute.

This program is sponsored by Iowa State Bank and Trust Co. and will be catered by Taste of China. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will carry the program at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 13, on Iowa Public Radio.

Reservation forms with a check can be sent to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7.50 for members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Friday, May 4th.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Thomas Baldridge at 319-384-2260 or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a nonprofit 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.