CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 26, 2001
McCue to discuss university's responsibilities following national tragedy
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- James McCue, an emeritus professor of religion at the
University of Iowa will discuss "Sept. 11 and the Responsibilities of
a University in a Democratic Superpower," on Monday, Oct. 1, from noon
to 1 p.m. 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.
McCue was a professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from
1965-2000, and he directed the Global Studies Program from 1984-1998. A major
concern of his has been the question: "What is an appropriate education
for citizens of the most dominant society in the global system?"
During his lecture, McCue will try to develop the argument that universities,
including the University of Iowa, have been comfortable for a long time with
their assigned task of preparing people to fit into the booming and expanding
US/global economy. He said the events of Sept. 11 force everyone to give serious
thought to the question of what kind of education is necessary for responsible
citizenship in a society that claims to be a representative democracy and
has a deep impact on the lives of people world-wide.
The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs
with support from the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents
discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures
are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge
or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception
of holidays and breaks. For more information or special accommodations to
attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach
coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.
UI International Programs 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.