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University of Iowa News Release

April 8, 2003

Bazaar Provides Glimpse Into Pan-Slavic Culture

Area residents can experience Slavic food, music and culture without even boarding an airplane by attending the annual University of Iowa Slavic Bazaar from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus. The event is free and open to the public.

This year's event will focus on the Pan-Slavic region, including Eastern Europe, Russia and the former Soviet republics. During the event, people will learn about various facets of Slavic culture through performances by Trio Kolpakov, a Moscow-based Gypsy group, as well as through talks and performances by Junior Faculty Development scholars from the Newly Independent States (NIS).

Lunch will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. and will include a mixture of Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovak and Czech foods. The culinary fare is a mixture of catered food by Russian Treats, and food specially prepared by faculty members of the Russian department and UI students affiliated with the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES) program.

This will be followed by a performance by Talisman and Trio Kolpakov from 2 to 3 p.m. Announcements of upcoming events and a raffle will occur from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Contributions from Junior Faculty Development scholars are scheduled from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. followed by a final performance from Talisman and Trio Kolpakov.

"This is a great opportunity for those who might be considering traveling to this region to intermingle with scholars, students and their families from this area," said Meredith Good, who is helping to organize the event. She adds it is also a great opportunity for those who simply wish to have a better understanding of this region of the world in a fun and educational environment.

The bazaar is sponsored by The UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) with additional support from the following: the Russian Department; International Programs; UI Main Library; International Crossroads Community; the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library; the Junior Faculty Development Program; Bose Lecture Series through the UI department of political science; and the UI School of Social Work.

For more information on this event or CREEES, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~creees

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 about the Slavic Bazaar or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Blythe Burkhardt at (319) 335-1436.

CREEES is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic program and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Blythe Burkhardt at 319-335-1436. Writer: Kent Nguyen

OTHER INFORMATION: http://www.uiowa.edu/~creees

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