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University of Iowa News Release

 

July 2, 2007

Photos: (top, left) Teachers Kristen Knepper, of Marion High School, Sigrid Reynolds of Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, and Mac McDonald of North Scott High School in Eldridge, took part in the 2007 International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15. (bottom, right) Instructor Corey Creekmur and teachers Amy Jones of Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids, Patrick Mambu of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, and Ann Timm of Harding Middle School in Cedar Rapids visited Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids as part the 2007 University of Iowa International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers June 11-15.

Teachers Participate In Workshop On Terrorism In The Media At UI

A group of 18 secondary school teachers from across Iowa attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007.

The program is an ongoing annual event. This year's summer workshop, sponsored by UI International Programs and the Center for Credit Programs, focused on the impact mass media has in shaping American views on terrorism.

"This year's participants were a fantastic group of dedicated educators committed to tackling this difficult subject in their classrooms. Each teacher brought a unique perspective to the institute," said Buffy Quintero, IP outreach coordinator.

Corey Creekmur, an associate professor in the departments of English and cinema and comparative literature, as well as director of the Institute for Cinema and Culture, all in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, facilitated the workshop. During the weeklong institute, teachers examined representations of terrorism in a broad range of media including broadcast journalism, popular cinema, literature, video games, Internet sites and comics. The course included numerous lecture and discussion sessions as well as a panel featuring journalists from the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa City Press-Citizen and Daily Iowan. The group of teachers traveled to Cedar Rapids as part of the workshop to visit the television studios of KCRG, an ABC affiliate, and meet with the editorial staff. They also visited the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids and spoke with former Imam Ahmed Elkhaldy.

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

Editor's Note: Receipt of this press release indicates a teacher from your readership attended the workshop. Teachers who participated in the workshop are listed alphabetically by hometown.

AMES: Bruce Antion was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Antion is an 8th grade history teacher at Ames Middle School. 

AMES: Kristine Magel was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Magel is a language arts teacher at Ames Middle School.

BETTENDORF: Mac McDonald was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. McDonald is a history teacher at North Scott High School.

BONDURANT: Diane Van Wyk was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Van Wyk is a social studies teacher at Valley High School in West Des Moines.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Kris Fry was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Fry is a history teacher at William McKinley Middle School.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Amy Jones was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Jones is a history and social studies teacher at Roosevelt Middle School.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Kristen Knepper was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Knepper is a foreign languages teacher at Marion High School.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Sean Neilly was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Neilly is a history teacher at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Sigrid Reynolds was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Reynolds is a history teacher at Washington High School.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Eric Suthers was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Suthers is a social studies teacher at Roosevelt Middle School.

DES MOINES: Patrick Mambu was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Mambu is a history teacher at Roosevelt High School.

DUBUQUE: Chad Parkin was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Parkin is a history teacher at Hempstead High School.

IOWA CITY: Alisa Meggitt was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Meggitt is a global studies teacher at North Central Junior High School. 

IOWA CITY: Chad Mejia was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Mejia is a boy's golf teacher at Iowa City West High School.

MARION: Terri Coleman was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Coleman is a social studies and language arts teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids. 

URBANA: Ann Timm was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Timm is a language arts teacher at Harding Middle School in Cedar Rapids.

WEST BRANCH: Trisha Parizek was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Parizek is a history and social studies teacher in the Solon Community School District.

WEST DES MOINES: Pat Rothamel was one of 18 teachers who attended the annual International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers at the University of Iowa June 11-15, 2007. Rothamel is a journalism teacher at Dowling Catholic High School.

EDITOR'S NOTE: High-resolution photos from the workshop are available. If you would like to obtain photos to accompany the release, please contact Kelli Andresen at 319-335-2026 or kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

PROGRAM CONTACT: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345, buffy-quintero@uiowa.edu

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelli Andresen, 319-335-2026, kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu; Writer: Laura Reeder