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

Release: Immediate

Information session about UI writing program in Ireland to be Dec. 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad will hold an information session about its Irish Writing Program Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 9 of the English Philosophy Building (EPB) on the UI campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Irish Writing Program is a seven-week program that links the UI and Trinity College, Dublin -- two universities renowned for their reputations in writing and literature. The program is tentatively set for June 24-Aug. 12.

Martin Roper, the program director, will lead the information session. Roper came to the UI on a Fulbright scholarship in 1994. He was a participant in the International Writing Program, the first writer-in-residence at the former Center for International and Comparative Studies and received a scholarship towards an MFA in the nonfiction writing program at the UI.

"One of the exciting aspects of this program is that it is open to both students, undergraduate and graduate, as well as non-students," Roper said. "This makes for a more diverse range of students, both in age and background, than is generally found in workshops."

The program has two sections -- writing workshops and literature and drama classes -- and classes are complemented by a range of cultural events and social activities that will broaden the students' knowledge of Ireland, such as theater performances, poetry readings, a literary pub crawl and traditional music sessions. Irish writers teach all courses.

There are no education or writing prerequisites. "The doors are open to anyone who is keen to write and study Irish literature in Ireland," said Nicole Peterson, the program coordinator and a past participant. "For university students, this is one of the best ways to travel and earn credit."

Applicants are accepted based on a writing sample. The deadline for applications is March 8. For more information or to get an application, contact Peterson at the UI Office for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353 or by e-mail at irishwp@uiowa.edu.

The UI Office for Study Abroad administers study abroad programs and exchanges for the UI and provides advising services for students interested in an international educational experience. The office also administers several scholarship competitions for international study and research. The office is located at 28 International Center and is open to students from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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.

The UI Office for Study Abroad 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.

(Editor's Note: Martin Roper will be at the UI Dec. 2-Jan. 1 and will be available for interviews. Peterson is also available for interviews. Contact the Office for Study Abroad at 335-0353.)

11/19/98