FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            Date: May 10, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

WAC program discusses shifting alliances

SPRINGFIELD -- “Shifting Alliances: Are Europe and the U.S. Pulling Apart on the Middle East, Counter-Terrorism, and Trade?” is the topic to be discussed by Sir Eldon Griffiths at the May meeting of the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois, set for Tuesday, May 28, at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Griffiths is national chair of the World Affairs Councils of America. For four decades he has been engaged in world affairs -- as a foreign correspondent for Time, Life, and Newsweek and as a member of Parliament and Undersecretary of State in the United Kingdom. He has also served as a consultant in environmental issues.

The program will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., a dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the WAC annual meeting at 7:10 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner and reception; cost is $20 for WAC members and $24 for non-members.

Griffiths’ speech will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

To make dinner reservations or for more information about the presentation, call (217) 546-0799 or (217) 526-0408.