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

Release: Sept. 27, 2002

(EDITOR'S NOTE: If you are interested in covering this event, please check in at the front desk at West Liberty High School, 113 E. 7th Street in West Liberty, to be escorted to the classroom.)

UI students share Kenyan life, culture with West Liberty students Sept. 30

Two University of Iowa students will talk about Kenyan life and culture to students in Curt Diemer's Ethnic Studies class at West Liberty High School, 113 E. 7th Street, from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. Their talk is part of the University of Iowa International Programs' International Classroom Journey (ICJ), which seeks to globalize the K-12 curriculum in eastern Iowa.

Mike Post, a UI pre-med undergraduate student, and John Njnue, a graduate student in the UI College of Education, will show a safari video and teach the students simple phrases in Swahili, one of many languages spoken in this East African nation, which borders the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. They will also share other information and activities. Njnue is from Kenya, and Post spent a summer volunteering at various medical facilities in Kenya.

The presentation is being made possible by The International Classroom Journey, a program sponsored by UI International Programs. One component of the International Classroom Journey is classroom presentations. A team of "tour guides" consisting of a native from that country and a U.S. student who has spent some time in that country/region, provide first hand accounts of daily life, traditions and customs in that culture. The international student provides the insider perspective while the U.S. student may identify cultural complexities of that country and explain the perspective of an American who has adjusted to life in another culture.

For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs' outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

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.