WRITER: JESSICA SNOWDEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 16, 2001
UI international open house April 20 brings variety of cultures to local
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The popular computer game "Where in the World is
Carmen Sandiago?" lets young people explore the world virtually. Local
students will have an opportunity to experience other cultures hands-on at
"Where in the World Is
An International Open House."
The small scale cultural diversity fair, specifically tailored for kindergarten
through 12th grade, will be Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the
International Center Lounge on the University of Iowa campus. The program
is organized by UI International Programs Cross-Cultural Programming
All K-12 students in the Iowa City area and neighboring counties have been
invited. Teachers from Iowa City, Coralville, Lone Tree, Amana, and Anamosa
have confirmed that their students will participate.
The fair is organized as a drop-in event with activities geared toward different
age groups presented at different times. Kindergarten through 5th grade students
are invited for the morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, and 6th through 12th
graders are invited for the afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. Organizers
estimate that more than 100 students will participate.
The purpose of the fair is to provide an opportunity for young people to
increase their awareness and knowledge about foreign countries and cultures.
UI international students and students who have studied abroad will demonstrate
different aspects of their cultures and discuss their international experiences.
Participants will be able to roam from table to table and take part in various
experiential learning activities. There will be six to seven tables, each
representing a different continent, as well as areas for viewing books, listening
to music and playing games.
Examples of some of the activities and demonstrations include Japanese calligraphy,
Indian dress, Chinese children's games, African drum playing and storytelling,
food demonstrations, traditional art and crafts and opportunities to ask questions
and discuss issues like holidays, costumes, education, daily life, family
life and social life in other parts of the world.
For more information about the fair contact Akua Akyea at (319) 335-0345
or Gulcin Aydin at (319) 335-1442. Cross-Cultural Programming and Outreach
is part of the UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices,
centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services.
Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs,
these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and
promote global scholarship, research and teaching.