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Feb. 18, 2004

Iowa Peace Corps Volunteer To Discuss Experience In Samoa Feb. 23

Ryan Wells, a Peace Corps representative for the UI campus, will speak about "Fa'asamoa, fa'apalagi: An Iowan's Experience in Samoa" at the next International Mondays lecture series Monday, Feb. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Wells will discuss the island nation's traditional culture and society from his perspective as a Peace Corps volunteer. Wells also taught high school as a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa from 1997 to 2000. He is currently a graduate student in the College of Education, focusing on international education.

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact 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.

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