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Oct. 24, 2007

Writer asks 'Why Should Health be a Luxury Item?' at Oct. 30 lecture

Kavery Nambisan, a novelist, fiction writer, essayist and physician from India, will present "Why Should Health be a Luxury Item?" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City. Nambisan is a participant in this fall's International Writing Program (IWP).

Nambisan has worked as a surgeon in rural areas throughout India. She currently runs a medical center for workers in Maharashtra and a learning center for their children.

She has written five novels, most recently, "The Hills of Angheri" and several children's books. Nambisan received a UNICEF award for her children's novel, "Once Upon a Forest." She also writes for Indian Press about health care issues. Her visit is courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State through the IWP.

The luncheon is presented with support from Meardon, Sueppel and Downer, PLC and Iowa Book and Supply. Exotic India will cater the event. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry the program at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 on the Iowa Public Radio network.

Reservations are $7.50 for ICFRC members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Friday, Oct. 26. 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 general 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,; Writer: Stacie Carpenter