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Nov. 2, 2004

UI Journalism Graduate To Discuss Changing Face Of Greece Nov. 8

Jennifer Hemmingsen, an adjunct professor in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a 2004 graduate of the Master's Professional Program, will give a lecture titled "Exporting Image: Redefining Greece" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in the International Center Lounge as part of the International Mondays Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

"For Greek politicians and opinion leaders, the Olympic Games in Athens were a unique opportunity for the country to debunk its international reputation as a disorganized, corrupt and backward state," Hemmingsen said. " The event was intended to be the grand unveiling of Greece's new 'image foreign policy.'"

Hemmingsen, who participated in a seminar on Greek Media and the Olympics in Athens last March, will share how Greek government officials said this grand public relations campaign would encourage foreign investment and boost Greece's political credibility within the European Union and throughout the world.

Along with being an adjunct professor, Hemmingsen is also a freelance writer and served as the communications director for the Art Small for Senate campaign.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, 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