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Oct. 9, 2008

At A Glance

U.S. foreign policy and human rights in Colombia focus of Oct. 13 lecture

University of Iowa students David Goodner and Megan Felt will present "Postmodern Conquistadors: the role of multinational corporations and U.S. foreign policy in the perpetuation of human rights violations in Colombia" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. A press release for the event is available at

For more information and a complete schedule of events visit or contact contact Amy Green, 319-335-1433,

Rudman to discuss 'transitions in Middle East peace process' Oct. 15

Mara Rudman, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, will present "Transitions in the Middle East Peace Process" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Old Brick Church, 26 E. Market St. in Iowa City. The National Security Network is also co-sponsoring this lecture.

Rudman advises Middle East Progress and works on national security policy. She is also president of Quorum Strategies LLC, an international strategic consulting firm. She served as deputy national security advisor to President Clinton and chief of staff for the National Security Council. Earlier in her career, she was chief counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee under Chairman Lee Hamilton. Rudman is on the board of the Middle East Investment Initiative and is a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She appears frequently as a media commentator on national security and foreign policy issues.

The Nile Valley will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Friday, Oct. 10.

For more information call 319-335-0351 or visit

Wind energy is subject of free talk by engineering dean Oct. 16

Wind energy and Iowa's role in helping develop renewable energy is the subject of a free, public talk from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Barry Butler, professor and dean of the University of Iowa College of Engineering, will speak.

Butler, whose college is a leader in the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development ( -- a virtual partnership among the Regents universities, community colleges, industry, and the Iowa Department of Economic Development -- says that the alliance helps the state to attract wind energy companies and related industries. He plans to discuss the fact that in 2007, 35 percent of all new electric generating capacity constructed in the U.S. was based on large-scale wind turbines, with Iowa, Texas and Minnesota leading the nation. While the U.S. currently produces only one percent of its electric power from wind, a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy concludes that a goal of 20 percent could be achieved by 2030.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology.

The Web site for Café Scientifique is


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