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UI to host Sport, Media and National Identity forum

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cultural and political themes within the Olympic Games will be the focus of an international roundtable and public forum Friday, April 18, at the University of Iowa.

This public session, to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Iowa Room of the Iowa Memorial Union, is part of the two-day Sport, Media and National Identity: a forum on Local and Global Meanings of the Olympic Games. The session will consist of a panel presentation followed by a public discussion, questions and responses, and a reception with refreshments from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Panelists include Christine Grant, UI director of Women's Athletics; Gudmundur Magnusson of the University of Iceland economics faculty; Zhou He, of the San Jose State University journalism and mass communications faculty; and Roger Thurow, Wall Street Journal writer. Moderator will be Stephen G. Wieting, UI sociology professor.

For more information contact Wieting at (319) 353-2364 or Judy Polumbaum, UI School of Journalism, (319) 335-5866. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations in order to participate should contact Wieting or Polumbaum.

The forum is sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Bridging Project in International Studies, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, department of sociology, and Office of International Education and Services.