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Nov. 12, 2007

Scruggs presents 'Venezuela and Hugo Chávez' at Nov. 15 luncheon lecture

T.M. Scruggs, associate professor of ethnomusicology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will present "Venezuela and Hugo Chávez: the other half of the story." The lecture will be given during a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Scruggs is an ethnomusicologist in the UI School of Music whose geographical specialty is music of the Americas, encompassing Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Latino and other music in the United States. He directed the Latin American Studies Program at Iowa from 1991 to 1992. He studied at the University of Texas at Austin. His research for his master's degree was on the Texas-Mexico "conjunto" music and dance tradition, and his doctoral research centered on music and dance in western Nicaragua. He produced an album of recordings he made in Nicaragua, which was nominated for the best World Music release on an independent label.

Besides his academic activities as an anthropologist/musicologist, he performs various Latin American and Caribbean instruments, especially piano and marimba, and in 1995 he founded the UI Steel Pan Ensemble. Scruggs received a Fulbright grant in 2005-06 to conduct research on music and current social and political change in Venezuela. He will also offer a seminar at the Universidad de los Andes at Mérida, Venezuela.

The luncheon is presented with support from Mike Margolin and Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. The Cottage will cater the event. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry the program on at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 on the Iowa Public Radio network.

Reservations are $7.50 for ICFRC members and $8.50 form nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Tuesday, Nov. 13. For more information or special accommodations to attend the luncheon, contact Marianne Weiss at 319-355-0351.

ICFRC is a nonprofit association of community and university people interested in learning more about the 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 affiliated with UI International Programs, which enable UI 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 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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Marianne Weiss, ICFRC, 319-335-0351,; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, ,