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Dec. 2, 2003

CIVIC To Host Vietnamese Educators Dec. 3-5

Three international studies educators from Vietnam will visit Iowa City Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 3-5, hosted by the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

The visitors are coming to examine American studies programs at American universities, colleges and secondary schools, including curriculum development, research methodology, classroom and teaching methodologies, and links between English language teaching and American studies. They will also meet with American studies and related civic education and social science associations in an effort to gain a better understanding of U.S. socio-political and cultural life.

During their visit, Xa Dang, deputy director of the Center For Foreign Studies, Thuy Thi Thanh Nguyen, vice dean of the Department of International Studies, and Ly Thi Pham, vice director of the Center For International Education, will be accompanied by Robert Acker, the English language officer. The visitors hope to explore multiculturalism and diversity in the United States and discuss adult education in English as a second language, citizenship and continuing education.

The program will include: meetings with the director of the Crisis Center and the staff at Elder Services, a visit to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch, a tour of West High School, a visit to Kalona to learn about the Amish-Mennonite community and a farm visit.

"These visitors are interested in learning about the education system and culture here," said Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, "and at the same time, it's a great opportunity for us to learn more about their perspective -- that's what a good relationship is built on."

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis. It is one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodate the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program. The other is in Des Moines.

CIVIC also is looking for volunteers to help arrange itineraries for visitors. For more information or a complete itinerary, call the CIVIC office at 319-335-0351. The CIVIC office is in Room 38 of the UI's International Center, located at the south end of Ferson Avenue off of Park Road.

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

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Writer: Mansi Bhatia