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

Release: Jan. 31, 2000

International Mondays seminars resume in February

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International issues at the University of Iowa, U.S. media coverage of assassinations in Armenia, African dance and Caribbean identity, and Democracy and Civil Society in the West Bank will all be topics explored during the UI International Mondays seminar series in February. This seminar series, specially designed for internationally-minded people, kicks off its programming for the spring 2000 semester with four presentations in February.

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:

Feb. 7: UI President Mary Sue Coleman will present an informal chat with a question and answer session on international issues at the UI. This program will be held in the International Center Lounge.

Feb. 14: UI doctoral student Gayane Torossian will speak on "The U.S. Media Coverage of the October 1999 Shootings in the Armenia Parliament." Torossian, a native of Armenia, is a second-year Ph.D. student in the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has worked in both print and broadcast media in her country. After earning her master's degree in journalism in 1997 at the UI, she worked in Armenia with an American media support organization. While living in Iowa City, Torossian has worked regular on-air shifts at the local NPR affiliate radio station, WSUI/KSUI AM-910. She is also a graduate assistant in the media relations and publications department of UI International Programs and co-produces "International Edition" radio show. Her research interest is Armenian broadcast history.

Feb. 21: Adriana Mendez, UI professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will speak on "Transculturated Tempos: The African Dance and Caribbean Identity." Mendez will present from a paper that traces the representation of the African dance in two moments of Caribbean cultural history -- the nineteenth-century and twentieth-century avant-garde. The African dance emerges as a metaphor for the process of transculturation between the European and African peoples in the region, and underlines the distinctiveness of Caribbean culture as performance.

Feb. 28: UI senior Kerry Boyd will speak on "Democracy and Civil Society in the West Bank Contents." Boyd is a UI Honors student majoring in global studies with a focus on the Middle East. She will discuss the research she did in the West Bank during April and May 1999 and how Palestinians are working for democracy. While living in the West Bank, she interviewed members of a few Palestinian organizations working to promote a democratic Palestinian government.

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.