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May 13, 2008

IWP Associate Director Hugh Ferrer is honored by Open World Center

The Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, an independent legislative-branch agency working to increase U.S.-Eurasian understanding and partnerships, will honor Hugh Ferrer, associate director of the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), on Tuesday, May 20, in the Library of Congress.

Ferrer will be recognized for the IWP's excellent hosting and programming of Open World delegates from Russia. The awards will be presented by a former U.S. ambassador to Russia and Open World Board of Trustees member, Ambassador James F. Collins, and the Open World executive director, Ambassador John O'Keefe.

Open World has introduced more than 13,000 current and future decision makers from Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union to American political and civic life, and to their American counterparts. Open World delegates range from first-time mayors to veteran journalists, from nonprofit directors to small-business advocates, and from political activists to judges at all levels.

The IWP has hosted brief residencies by groups of Russian writers for three of the past four years. One of the Open World visits led to a full IWP residency for Russian/Serbian writer Ksenia Golubovich.

The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999 to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003, Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program. Open World promotes partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts.

Ferrer, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is one of 28 Open World hosts who will be honored at the May 20 event.

For more information visit the Open World website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Maura Shelden,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations,