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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Chinese writer, former IWP participant Wang Meng to speak at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Chinese author Wang Meng, a past participant in the University of Iowa International Writing Program, will speak about Chinese values in a public lecture Monday, April 13 in Room S401 in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Wang's lecture, "Divergence of Value Systems in Contemporary China," begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Wang is one of China's most beloved contemporary authors and was minister of culture of the People's Republic of China for three years in the late 1980s. He participated in the UI International Writing Program in 1980, making him one of the earliest writers from the People's Republic of China to spend time on an American campus.

Wang is currently a visiting fellow at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. and is coming to Iowa City to visit friends. This lecture will be his only public presentation during his visit.

Wang's presentation is sponsored by the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS). The Center is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information, contact CAPS at (319) 335-1306.

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