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Feb. 16, 2009

Eko and Lillios win Stanley International Programs-Obermann Fellowships

Two University of Iowa faculty members, Lyombe Eko of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Katina Lillios of the Department of Anthropology, have won Stanley International Programs-Obermann Center Research Fellowships.

The awards are given to scholars from the UI's Obermann Center for Advanced Studies whose research focuses on international issues. Fellows receive $3,000 for travel and research. They also have the opportunity to present their work during International Programs' Spring 2009 International Mondays lecture series.

Lillios will speak on "The Archaeology of Social Collapse: A View from the Neolithic-Early Bronze Age Mortuary Site of Bolóres, Portugal" on Monday, March 2. Eko will discuss "Many Spiders, One World Wide Web: Towards a Taxonomy of Internet Law and Regulation" on Monday, March 9. The free, public lectures begin at noon in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

Eko studies regulatory regimes of different nation-states, transterritorial organizations and international organizations and how they address global problems posed by the Internet and other evolving communications technologies. He classifies and explains international Internet regulatory regimes in terms of their legislative initiatives and decision-making.

Lillios is excavating and analyzing a mortuary rock shelter in Torres Vedras, Portugal, to understand the complex Iberian Peninsula societies that emerged and collapsed in the late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age (2800-1800 B.C.). Because of the long history of Bolóres burials, the area offers clues about centralization and fragmentation in Southwest Iberia. Her research will shed light on the factors leading to sociopolitical devolution.

The fellowships are supported by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, UI International Programs and the C. Esco and Avalon L. Obermann Fund.

International Programs enables 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 International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

For more information on the Spring 2009 International Mondays lecture series, go to

Obermann Center for Advanced Studies provides an environment and resources for reflection and writing and for the exchange of ideas. Scholars from a broad range of disciplines and institutions interact with one another and with the public to create and communicate new knowledge and to establish a vibrant intellectual community. For more information visit

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