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

Release: Sept. 27, 2002

UI graduate student to speak about Ganges River at Sept. 30 International Mondays

The University of Iowa’s International Mondays series continues Sept. 30 with UI graduate student Rashmi Gupta speaking on "Journey of an Indian River: The Ganges." The presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in the International Center lounge. Light refreshments will be served.

Gupta, a native of India who is studying human resources management and working as a graduate assistant with UI International Programs, will narrate the journey of the river, which winds 1,557 miles from its origin in the Himalayan Mountains to its final destination in the Bay of Bengal. River Ganges, which flows across the north and northeastern part of India, is one of the longest and most sacred rivers, Gupta said. The river figures prominently in India's myths, history, culture, agriculture, industry, transportation, water sports and everyday life.

For more information or special accommodation to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and 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.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.