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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 15, 2004

UI Students To Speak With Boy Scouts About World Religions Oct. 19, 26

The Boy Scouts of America Troup 216 in North Liberty will get a lesson in "Religions of the World" during two International Classroom Journey (ICJ) presentations that will teach the Scouts about different aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism. The first presentation will be Tuesday, Oct. 19, and the second is Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the North Liberty Community Center, both starting at 7 p.m. The discussions will each be 45 minutes.

The goals of these discussion are to expose the Boy Scouts to religions other than Christianity and to show them how these religions affect the life of a teenage boy.

Abhay Kumar and Smita Rao, University of Iowa graduate students from India, will speak on Hinduism on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Archana Venugopal, a UI undergraduate who is originally from India but grew up in Canada, will discuss Buddhism on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Kumar is a doctoral student in neuroscience, Rao is a graduate student in physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences, and Venugopal is a  biology major.

More than half of the troops 37 members and their parents are scheduled to attend. The troop consists of 11 to 18-year-olds.

International Classroom Journey, which is sponsored by UI International Programs, arranges for guest speakers to visit K-12 classrooms and community groups to promote cultural awareness and knowledge of other countries. These guest speakers are trained international students and scholars and U.S. students who have spent time abroad.

For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs' outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

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