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

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 1993—1999. 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 Hammond’s 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 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.