CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
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.
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.