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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 13, 2006

NOTE: This event has been rescheduled to Feb. 24

Solon Seventh Graders To Learn About Africa Feb. 16

Solon Middle School students will get to learn about aspects of African culture in their classroom when Dora Edu Buandoh, a University of Iowa doctoral candidate in Language, Literacy and Culture from Ghana, shares information about her home continent with seventh graders.

The presentation will take place Thursday, Feb. 16, from 1:45 to 3:10 p.m. for teacher Sue Protheroe's class. Buandoh's talk ties in with the classes unit on Africa and is part of the University of Iowa International Programs' International Classroom Journey (ICJ), which seeks to globalize the K-12 curriculum in eastern Iowa.

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, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and the dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and to promote global scholarship, research and training.

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 event should check in at the main office of Solon Middle School, located at 313 South Iowa Street, Solon.