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

Release: February 26, 1999

Public invited to March International Mondays! series

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International Mondays!, a seminar series which focuses on presentations by individuals who have had international experiences, continues in March. Topics range from women workers in Latin America to press ethics in Romania and universities in contemporary Russia.

This series is sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. All sessions are free and open to the public. The seminars are from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center, Room 230, unless otherwise noted and include a free lunch. There will not be an International Monday March 15 due to spring break. For more information on International Mondays, call Jocelyn Cullity at (319) 335-0637.

Following is the schedule:

March 1: "Researching the Forgotten: A Collaborative Effort with Domestic Workers in Latin America" with Elsa Chaney. Chaney, scholar affiliate with International Programs, has published books and articles on Latin American and the Caribbean dealing with women in politics, rural women, women and work, and women and aging. She has extensive experience in women's projects in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

March 8: "A Look at Press Ethics in Romania, Or Are We Being Oxymoronic Here and There and Everywhere?" with Kenneth Starck. Starck is a professor at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and past director of the school. He has worked as a reporter in the United States and as a free-lance correspondent in Scandinavia and China. He is co-author of "Back Talk: Press Councils in America," and the award-winning "Public Relations and Community: a Reconstructed Theory."

March 22: "Tourism comes to Burma: Champagne, Cocaine and Gunboats in the Mergui Archipelago" with Steve Rosse. Rosse worked as a journalist in Thailand from 1990 to 1997. His talk will examine the introduction of commercial tourism into the Mergui Archipelago, off the coast of Burma in the Indian Ocean, one of the most isolated and undeveloped places on the planet.

March 29: Activity: "Regional Universities in Contemporary Russia: Mari State University" with Victor Likhobabin. Likhobabin was born in Russia and attended both St. Petersburg State University and Mari State University. He has lectured in the department of general history at Mari State University since 1991. His publications focus on social and political movements in the United States during the 20th century.

International Programs consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the 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.