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University of Iowa News Release

June 26, 2003

Local Teacher Participates In Middle East Workshop At UI

A group of 20 K-12 teachers from across the state of Iowa attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20.

The program has been held for many years, focusing on the Middle East for the second time this year, said Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator. "The workshop is an opportunity for educators to gather up-to-date information and a variety of perspectives that will assist their students in understanding this complex region of the world," she said.

The workshop was facilitated by Rex Honey, geography professor and director of the UI Global Studies Program, and featured guest lecturers who shared their insights on such topics as the cultures of the Middle East, Islam and Judaism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan and the war on terrorism, and the current situation in Iraq. Other activities included visits to the Islamic Center in Cedar Rapids and the Hillel Jewish Center on the UI campus; a screening of the documentary "Promises," which explores the Israeli and Palestinian conflict from youths' perspectives; a Middle Eastern drumming session; a panel discussion and dinner with UI Muslim students; and a closing reception with a Near Eastern dance performance.

Teachers who participated in the workshop are listed alphabetically according to hometown. Photos of the teachers taken during the workshop are available online at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2003/june/images/IP-workshop-slideshow/index.htm

CEDAR RAPIDS: Sigrid S. Reynolds, a history teacher at George Washington High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Reynolds teaches advanced placement world history and advanced placement U.S. history, and plans to use the information she learned about the Middle East as part of her world history curriculum.

CORALVILE: Arnold Lindaman, a substitute social studies teacher in the Iowa City School District, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Lindaman, who is retired, is a substitute for middle school social studies classes.

DENVER: Michael Lampman, a social studies teacher at Denver High School was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Lampman plans to use the information he learned about the Middle East in his world history and geography courses.

DES MOINES: Karen Downing, an English teacher at Valley High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Downing plans to use the information she learned about the Middle East in her world literature courses.

DUBUQUE: Eric Lenzee, a social studies teacher at Dubuque Senior High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Lenzee, who teaches world history and U.S. history, plans to expand his world history curriculum with the information he learned about the Middle East.

DUBUQUE: Chad Van Cleve, a social studies teacher at Dubuque Senior High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Van Cleve, who teaches global issues and U.S. history, says the information he learned during the workshop will help him lead his global issues students through a Middle East regional research project.

DYERSVILLE: Paul Schramm, a social studies teacher at Western Dubuque High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Schramm, who teaches American government, economics and a talented and gifted seminar, said he will use the information he learned about the Middle East in all of his courses.

IOWA CITY: Randy Brown, a social studies teacher at City High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Brown, who teaches world history and American studies, plans to expand his world history curriculum with the information he learned about the Middle East.

IOWA CITY: Steve Dodge, a social studies teacher at City High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Dodge, who teaches world history and advanced placement economics, plans to expand his world history curriculum with the information he learned about the Middle East.

IOWA CITY: Melanie Gibbens, an American studies teacher at Southeast Junior High School and City High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20.

IOWA CITY: Gary Neuzil, a social studies teacher at West High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Neuzil plans to use the information he learned about the Middle East in his sociology and government courses. Neuzil also teaches psychology.

LAWLER: Marilyn Hageman, a social studies teacher at Turkey Valley High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Hageman plans to use the information she learned about the Middle East in her cultures and current issues courses.

GRINNELL: Bridget Brandt, a fifth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Grinnell Middle School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Brandt plans to use the information she learned about the Middle East in her current events curriculum.

MARION: Marie Ann Read, a reading and social science teacher in the Linn-Mar Community Schools, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20.

MUSCATINE: Mary Beth Carey, a sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at West Middle School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Carey plans to use the information she learned about the Middle East in her social studies curriculum.

NEWTON: Margaret Caldwell, a talented and gifted teacher at Newton High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20.

WEST DES MOINES: Judith Stephens-Wilson, a social studies teacher at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, was one of 20 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 16-20. Stephens-Wilson Carey plans to use the information she learned about the Middle East in her geographic cultural studies curriculum.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345.

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: Photos and/or graphics for this article may be found at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2003/june/images/IP-workshop-slideshow/index.htm