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UI International Programs resumes International Mondays seminars

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International Mondays!, a University of Iowa seminar series specially engineered for internationally-minded people, resumes in February this month with presentations on human rights, democracy in the former Yugoslavia, and the Middle East peace process. These seminars, presented by individuals who have had an international experience, will be from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center, Room 230, unless otherwise noted. The sessions are free and open to the public, and a free lunch will be provided.

Following is a schedule of upcoming seminars:

Feb. 2, "Global Focus: Human Rights '98"

Burns H. Weston, will discuss the year-long, university-wide initiative "Global Focus: Human Rights '98," which will feature distinguished speakers, scholarly lectures, panel discussions, published research, curricular innovations, radio broadcast s, artistic displays, theatrical events, musical offerings, and other activities of scholarly and general interest. Human Rights '98 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948. Weston is chairman of the Human Rights '98 committee and associate dean for international and comparative legal studies at the UI College of Law.

Feb. 9, "Building Democracy from the ground up in the former Yugoslavia - a gender perspective"

Marta Cullberg Weston, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst from Sweden, will explain the importance of understanding gender perspectives in the process of rebuilding the former Yugoslavia. She will discuss a project called "Woman to Woman," which supports women's social, political and economic rights in the former Yugoslavia. As a member of an interdisciplinary conflict analysis team, Weston has witnessed the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and the Republic of Georgia. She is the co-author of several reports on ethnic conflicts, "After Yugoslavia - What?" (1991), "Preventing War in Kosovo" (1992), and "Georgia on our Mind" (1994). Her psychological analysis of ethno-nationalism, "How could it Happen? Ethno-nationalism and the War in the Former Yugoslavia", was translated to English in 1994.

Feb. 16, "The Middle East Peace Process"

Adrien K. Wing will share insights from a recent trip to the Middle East. She will discuss the current role of the various players including Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Arafat. She will also discuss the United States government's prospects for building democracy in Palestine. Wing has taught at the UI College of Law since 1987. In 1996 she was an advisor to the Palestinian Legislative Council on the drafting of the first constitution.

Feb. 23,"Culture Shock - The Game"

Bill Rolette, who created the game "Culture Shock" along with part-time UI faculty member David Gold, will explain the creation and development of his game which attempts to help people learn about the diversity of the world's cultures and destinations. The object of the game is to travel to the world's 10 cultural regions before any other player. Cards are used to move, but knowledge about the region is not required. The information on the cards is something a traveler would see or encounter in the region. Exhibits of early editions and designs for the board, cards and prototypes will be on display.

International Mondays is organized by 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.

The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

For more information on International Mondays, call Lalit Bhatia at 335-0637.