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Release: Oct. 11, 2001

Korean poet to discuss conflict at Oct. 15th International Mondays

Man-sik Lee, Korean poet and International Writing Program (IWP) participant, will speak on "Peaceful Poet in the Middle of the South & North Korea Conflict" Monday, Oct. 15 at noon in the International Center Lounge as part of the International Mondays lecture series. This event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served.

Lee will discuss his experiences as a poet living in Seoul, South Korea. The talk will be a mixture of history, storytelling, and poetry. He hopes people will come away from the talk with a better understanding of both the day-to-day life in South Korea and the larger social, political, and historical factors that influence Korean life.

Lee is deputy professor at Kyungwon College and is currently writing a doctoral dissertation on T.S. Eliot at Korea University's department of English literature. Lee has written extensively on deconstruction as literary theory, and his translation of Jonathan Culler's "On Deconstruction" was selected as one of Korea's Best Scholarly Books of 1998. He has published two poetry collections: "God's Baseball Game Ticket" (1997) and "On Poetry" (1994).

The series is sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs and the Stanley UI-Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

Public invited to teach-in on Afghanistan crisis Oct. 16

The public is invited to a teach-in session on the crisis in Afghanistan Tuesday, Oct. 16, starting at 7 p.m. at the University of Iowa Main Library's Shambaugh Auditorium. A panel of speakers will address the history leading up to the unfolding humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan and the on-going air attacks, the role of religion in this crisis, and the impact of the coverage provided by the mainstream media on the public's perception of the situation, according to organizers.

The featured speakers include Roger Plunk, an international mediator and author of "The Wandering Peacemaker"; Kenneth MacDonald, a UI professor of geography with expertise on Pakistan; Reza Aslan, a UI visiting assistant professor of religion and an expert on religion and politics in the Middle East; and John F. Garcia, a UI professor of classics. A question and answer period will follow the presentations, and all in attendance will be invited to participate.

The event is expected to last for two hours and is sponsored by a broad coalition of student organizations, community groups and individuals including Iowans for Peace, Iowans for Peace with Iraq, Students Against Sweatshops, General Union of Palestinian Students, International Socialist Organization and many others. For more information contact, Osama Saba at (319) 356-1381.