About Us

Our Mission:

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council seeks to promote understanding of international issues by hosting community forums with expert speakers from around the world.

Founded in 1893, the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) is a non-profit organization of community and university people interested in learning more about global issues, international affairs, and U.S. foreign policy.

The Council hosts experts who speak on foreign policy, international relations, law, arts, the environment, politics, diplomacy, and current events. Events are scheduled primarily during the academic year, held from 12:00 to 1:15 PM. After a break at 1:00 PM to allow those who must leave to make their exit, the final fifteen minutes are dedicated to a question and answer period. A locally catered lunch is available for purchase.

The The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is located at Old Brick, 26 E Market St. We are funded by membership dues in addition to contributions from community businesses, individuals, and university offices and organizations.

Board of Directors:

David Martin, President
Sue Dulek,
Vice President
Sandra Morrow , Secretary
Bob Ross, Treasurer
Karen Chappell
Brett Cloyd
Peter Hansen
Nate Kramer
Janet Lyness
Carrie Z. Norton
William Reisinger
Thais Winkleblack
David Wu

Click here to view ICFRC Board Member History

Our Sponsors:


Usha R. Balakrishnan
Maurine Braddock
Mace & Kay Braverman
Karen & Wallace Chappell
Sue Dulek
Jim & Pat Ephgrave
Adam & Brigette Ingersoll
Janet Lyness & John Wadsworth
Mike Margolin
Dave & Diane Martin
John Menninger
Bob & Mary Ross
David Rust & Joy Smith
W. Richard & Joyce Summerwill
Alan Swanson
Dave, Denise, & Mike Tiffany
Joe Wegman
Dave Wu
Ed Zastrow
Neil Zhang

Businesses & Organizations

AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.
Council for International Visitors to Iowa City (CIVIC)
International Writing Program
Iowa United Nations Association
MidWestOne Bank
Taxes Plus
The Norton Fund
University of Iowa Community Credit Union
UBS Group AG

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*Contributions to this educational, non-profit organization qualify as charitable contributions under IRS 501 (c) (3) for federal tax purposes.

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