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UNI to host member of the European Parliament

October 16, 2013

Craig Klafter, associate provost, International Programs, 319-273-6807,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Peter Jahr, member of the European Parliament, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Jahr will deliver a lecture titled "Renewable Energies: What We Should (Not) Learn From the European Union." The event is the fifth installment of this year's UNI Diplomat Series, sponsored by the Office of International Programs and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Center for Social and Behavioral Research and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Jahr is a member of the German Christian Democratic Party and sits with the European People's Party group in the European Parliament. He is a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, the Committee on Petitions, the Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Jahr earned Diplom-Landwirt, comparable to Bachelors and Masters of Agronomy, in 1984 and a Doctor of Agronomy in 1988 from the Karl-Marx-Universität Leipzig. Jahr has served as a member of the Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany and the Landtag of Saxony, the German state of Saxony's parliament. In 2002, he became a member of the German Bundestag, the national parliament of Germany. Jahr has also been a part-time farmer since 1995.

For more information, contact Craig Klafter, associate provost for international programs, at 319-273-6807 or