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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 2, 2005

Tipton Seniors To Learn About Israel Feb. 4

Tipton High School students will have an opportunity to learn about Israel first-hand when Joseph Steinitz, a University of Iowa doctoral student from Israel, will share certain aspects of his culture and religion with a 12th grade honors humanities class, consisting of predominantly Christian students.

The presentation will take place Friday, Feb. 4 from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. His talk is part of the University of Iowa International Programs' International Classroom Journey (ICJ), which seeks to globalize the K-12 curriculum in eastern Iowa.

Tipton High School teacher Barb Cary said that earlier, the class studied world religions, and she thought it would be important for them to learn about another area and religion.

Steinitz is pursuing his doctorate in communication studies. His research is focused on the study of the metaphor. Steinitz's presentation will cover some of the history of his native country as well as the differences and similarities between his culture and that of the U.S.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION; Reporters or photographers who wish to cover this event should check in at the main office of Tipton High School, located at 400 E. Sixth Street, Tipton.