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Nov. 6, 2007

UI celebrates International Education Week Nov. 12-16

The University of Iowa International Programs will present a wide variety of activities open to the public during International Education Week, Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16. The events include an international movie screening, a workshop, panel discussions and receptions.

"International Education Week is a time for us to recognize and celebrate internationalization at the University of Iowa," said UI President Sally Mason. "I encourage all students, faculty and staff and members of the general public to take advantage of the numerous international education opportunities available to them, now and always. In so doing, we will learn more about ourselves and the world, nurture global connections and create a more vital, successful university."

The week begins with a film from Mozambique at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building. The film, "Another Man's Garden," portrays a Mozambican girl's struggle to become a doctor in a culture where opportunities favor men. The screening, co-sponsored by the African Studies Program, will be followed by a discussion led by Nanette Barkey, an anthropology professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who has taught and researched in Mozambique. The screening is the first in a series of three film screenings during the fall. The Algerian film "Enough" will be shown Nov. 26 and the Argentinean film "On Each Side" will be shown Dec. 9.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, an intercultural growth workshop, "Let's Get Personal," will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration in the workshop is available until Friday, Nov. 9, through the UI Employee Self Service system or by e-mail to julie-pollock@uiowa.edu. Space is limited.

The workshop will offer participants a chance to generate an individual profile of their worldview orientation to difference using the Intercultural Development Inventory. According to Helen Jameson, assistant director of programming for the Office of International Students and Scholars, the workshop will help challenge people and organizations to expand their worldviews and thus improve effectiveness working in various cultural settings. Jameson said that this is particularly important because Iowa is becoming increasingly diverse.

A reception to welcome Fulbright visitors to campus and connect Fulbright alumni will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the International Program Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. Those interested in the Fulbright program, which awards grants to individuals to foster understanding between people of the United States and other countries, are invited to attend. Those wishing to attend should contact Kristi Fitzpatrick by Nov. 9 at kristi-fitzpatrick@uiowa.edu or 319-335-2823.

International Education Week will culminate with an awards ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Iowa Memorial Union Gallery. The ceremony will honor winners of three awards: the Office for Study Abroad's annual international photo contest "Show us the World Through Your Eyes," the Office for International Students and Scholars essay contest "Coming to America," and the Outstanding Achievement Award for International Education.

Other International Education Week programs include a Peace Corps discussion panel, an international student social, an international internship career focus panel, and an International Monday lecture. For a complete schedule and full description of all International Education Week events, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/iew.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States. For more information on the national celebration of International Education Week, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/iew/.

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of the events, contact Heidi Vekemans, International Programs events coordinator, at 319-335-3862.

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.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026, kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Writer: Cassandra Lalan