CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 1, 1999
International Mondays continues in October
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The war in Sierra Leone, graduate
work in Nepal and Japanese research on the Internet will all be topics explored
during the International Mondays seminar series in October. This series, specially
designed for internationally-minded people, continues its programming for
the fall 1999 semester with four presentations in October.
The 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. For more information
on International Mondays, call Aya Matsushima at 335-0637.
Following is the schedule of upcoming seminars:
Oct. 4 -- "Graduate research in Nepal," by Naoko
Kiyan, a UI Japanese graduate student in the Third World Development Support
program. With other graduate students, Kiyan traveled with faculty associated
with The Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research this summer
to study health and developmental problems and practices associated with drinking
water. She will talk about her time in Katmandu and rural parts of the country
and will give a slide presentation.
Oct. 11 -- "Archival Research in Great Britain,"
by Donna Parsons, a UI graduate student. This talk will include a description
of the diaries and correspondence of the poet Michael Field, the correspondence
and piano/vocal works of the composer Ethel Smyth, and archival research on
the formation and activities of the Society of Women Musicians. Parsons has
an M.A. in music and is currently working on an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in
music and literature.
Oct. 18 -- "The war in Sierra Leone and its impact
on development projects," by guest speaker Lans Ahmed Kumalah, who was
recently granted asylum in the United States after fleeing the war in
Sierra Leone. He was the National Authorizing Officer for the European Development
Fund, Sierra Leone, from 19931999. In 1992-93, he was the Consultant
to the General Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group
of States. He has lectured at universities and has his Ph.D. in Regional
Development Planning from the University of Bordeaux in France.
Oct. 25 -- Jim Cheng, Chinese Studies Librarian
and Ellen Hammond, Japanese Studies Librarian at UI Main Libraries, will
present together. Cheng will speak about, "Book Market and Library Automation
Systems in China," and Hammonds talk will focus on, "Research in
Japan on the Internet: Recent Developments." Cheng received a B.A. in Chinese
Language and Literature from the Fudan University in 1982, and an M.A.
in Comparative Literature in 1989 and MLS in Library & Information
Science in 1996 from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been
in his current job, as Chinese Studies Librarian at the University of Iowa
Libraries, since May of 1998. Hammond became Japanese Studies Librarian in
November last year. She did her graduate work in both Library Science
and Japanese History at the University of Wisconsin. She has worked for
corporate and United Nations libraries in Tokyo and as an information
consultant. Prior to her move to the United States she taught history
for seven years at Keiai University near Tokyo.
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 of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize
the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and
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