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

Release:April 15, 2002

Area students, educators invited to April 26 Global Rhythms Open House

Whether it's the cha-cha, dabkeh or polka or played on the bongos, shabbabeh or accordion, everyone can move to the beat of music.

Local students will have the opportunity to experience cultures from around the world through music Friday, April 26, at Global Rhythms, the second annual Kindergarten to Sixth-Grade Open House at the University of Iowa, sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs.

"The goal of Global Rhythms is to use the universal language of music to give Iowa school children a deeper understanding of the world," says Buffy Quintero, International Programs' outreach coordinator.

Many countries will be represented at the open house, which is organized for kindergarten through sixth grades. There will be two sessions Friday, April 26: the first from 9 to 11 a.m. and the second from noon to 2 p.m. in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus.

Although the open house is free, pre-registration is required by Friday, April 19. Educators who are interested in bringing their classes to the open house should contact Amy Green at (319) 335-1433.

In addition to the multi-cultural representation, UI international students and students who have studied abroad will be at the event to demonstrate different aspects of their cultures and discuss their international experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to visit different stations organized by regions of the world and attend two sessions in which they participate in an activity related to other cultures.

The UI 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. For more information regarding the open house or special accommodations to participate in this event, contact Quintero at (319) 335-0345 or by e-mail at buffy-quintero@uiowa.edu.

International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, 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 training.