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Release: Feb. 19, 2003

UI Student To Discuss Community Health, Rural Welfare In Kenya Feb. 24

The University of Iowa's International Mondays series continues with a presentation on "Community Health and Rural Welfare in Kenya," Monday, Feb. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. UI student Bian Li, an economics and global studies major and a presidential scholar, will explore the influence of culture and gender on household food security in Kenya. The presentation is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Li, a recipient of UI Global Health Studies Hewlett Grant, spent last summer in Kenya at Mbita Point Research and Training Center (MPR&TC), where she investigated the role of micro-credit provisions in rural development and its viability as a tool for AIDS combat and women empowerment.

Li's area of research interest is women empowerment and international development. This interest was cultivated when she first traveled to Kenya in the summer of 2000 as a World Food Prize Borlaugh/Ruan international intern for the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology. Her current research is an in-depth investigation into poverty alleviation through the development of micro-finance provisions and its potential impact on AIDS combat and women empowerment.

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.

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: Buffy Quintero 319-335-0345, buffy-quintero@uiowa.edu. Writer: Vitalis Torwel