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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 3, 2006

West High Students To Learn About Hinduism Feb. 8

West High School students will have an opportunity to learn about Hinduism first-hand when Sanyukta Jaiswal, a University of Iowa doctoral student from India will share certain aspects of his culture and religion with 10th, 11th and 12th graders in West High's World Religions classes.

The presentations will take place Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m. and 11:24 a.m. to 12:19 p.m. Jaiswal's 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.

Jaiswal is pursuing his doctorate in speech pathology and audiology. His presentations for teacher Troy Langos' classes will help students better understand the aspects of his religion, Hinduism.

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 Ursula Adelt, International Programs' interim 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: Ursula Adelt, 319-335-0345. Writer: Kelli Andresen

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Reporters or photographers who wish to cover this even should check in at the main office of West High School, located at 2901 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City.