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Nov. 30, 2007

UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to weather until Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with a new location to be announced.

Community invited to meet BBC producer to discuss politics Dec. 4

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) invites the public to meet Suzanne Mooney, a producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom, during an open forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the second-floor board room of University Capitol Centre (UCC).

The boardroom is located near the Gazette offices, on the north end of UCC, 201 S. Clinton St. in downtown Iowa City.

During the open forum, Mooney will discuss her impressions of American politics.

"It is important for Iowans to hear her speak because she will be able to tell us how the BBC views our election process," said CIVIC President Jean Lloyd-Jones. "It's always helpful to get another country's perspective."

Mooney works for the BBC Global News Division as a Special Interviews Producer for World Service News and Current Affairs. She has been examining the U.S. political system, specifically, the structure of political parties, the interplay between states and the federal government, and how U.S. politics and society respond to the challenges of globalization. During her visit, she will learn about media coverage of the election in the United States, said Lloyd-Jones.

Those who would like to donate snacks may contact CIVIC member Pat Kelley at or at 319-351-4492.

CIVIC is sponsoring this visit as part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. CIVIC is one of two organizations in Iowa that support the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, and is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis.

CIVIC is part of University of Iowa International Programs, which enables 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 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 UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Baldridge, Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities, 319-335-0351,; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer, Stacie Carpenter