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

Release: Sept. 16, 1999

International Mondays kicks off for 1999-2000 academic year

IOWA CITY, Iowa — International Mondays, a seminar series specially designed for internationally-minded people, begins its programming for the Fall 1999 semester with two presentations in September. Topics include an educational endeavor to Nigeria and fieldwork on women's health in Micronesia.

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 335-0637.

Following is the schedule of upcoming seminars:

Sept. 20: "Teaching Nigeria: Report on a Fulbright-Hays Group Project," by Rex Honey, professor of geography and director of the UI's Global Studies Program. Honey will talk about his experience as the project director of a program that took a group of 17 Iowa high school teachers and college teachers to Nigeria. Based on this trip, written and Internet versions of educational materials will be produced so that teachers in Iowa and elsewhere will have sound, appropriate African material to use.

Sept. 27: "Delivered Transformations of the Fourth Trimester: Maternal Decision-Making in Palau," by UI graduate student in anthropology, Dawn Sly-Terpstra. She will present her field work from this past summer in the Republic of Belau (also known as Palau) in Micronesia. Sly-Terpstra focused on medical decision-making by women who are pregnant and/or have infants under the age of 1. She received a Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad in 1999. A slide presentation will be included.

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.