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Sept. 8, 2005

CORRECTED VERSION: The date of this event, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21, has been moved to Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Oct. 5 IWP Panel Examines Gender In Writing

Writers in residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program will consider "Books, Men and Women: Writing and Gender" in a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Meeting Room A in the Iowa City Public Library.

The panelists considering the questions "Does gender matter when one writes, and when one reads? Should it?" will be Anna Rogozhnikova from Khazakhstan, Sharron Hass from Israel, Mona Prince from Egypt, Edi Shukriu from Kosovo and Manju Kanchuli from Nepal.

Biographies of the writers participating in the IWP are accessible at http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/WRIT/WRITmain.html.

Through the IWP 36 writers from 29 countries will be members of the UI community for the next three months. The IWP introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including poets, fiction writers, dramatists, screenwriters and non-fiction writers.

The IWP, which functions as a United Nations of writers, stresses the common interests of writers everywhere, in an atmosphere that puts political differences into perspective. For writers who live under repressive regimes, the IWP has provided an unprecedented opportunity to write, speak and interact freely.

The importance of the IWP to international understanding was recognized as early as 1976, when former senator, diplomat and UN Ambassador Averrill Harriman nominated founders Paul and Hualing Nieh Engle for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1995 the program was honored with the Governor's Award for distinguished service to the State of Iowa.

Nearly four decades of residencies have enabled the IWP to accumulate an unparalleled collection of resources on international literature, which have been organized in a library in the Shambaugh House. The IWP remains in contact with former participants, creating an unprecedented literary and intellectual network without national boundaries.

The IWP is staffed and housed by the UI. IWP writers are financed through bilateral agreements with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations, foundations and individuals. The activities of the IWP are assisted financially by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.

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