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CICS International Forum speakers scheduled

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) has announced four public lectures by visiting scholars participating in the CICS International Forum for U.S. Studies.

Made possible by a $250,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Forum is a unique, three-year program designed to promote scholarship about the United States in other countries. Each spring from now until 1999, the Forum is hosting several foreign scholars to participate as Forum fellows, so that they may pursue research at the UI on American issues and culture. Public lectures by the fellows are part of the Forum schedule.

Forum fellow Hazel Rowley, a senior lecturer in literary studies at Deakin University will give a talk, "Leaving Home: The Dilemma of the 'Exile' Writer" at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 in the English-Philosophy Building, Rm. 304. Afterwards, Yu Jianhua, a Shanghai International Studies University professor of English, will speak on "The Authenticity of Immigrant Ghetto Tales."

Later that week, Moshe Shokeid, professor of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University will speak on the topic, "The Anthropologist's Work in the Field of Unconventional Sexuality: Issues of Practice and Ethics Observing Activities at Gay and Lesbian Organizations." Shokeid's lecture will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Jefferson Building, second floor lounge.

Last on the schedule is Sylvia Hilton, professor of history at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. Hilton will give a lecture titled, "The Power of Myth: Spanish Federalists and the Idea of the American Mission in the War of 1898" at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1 is the Jefferson Building, second floor lounge.

The Forum fellows arrived at the UI in January. They have access to the UI Libraries, the Center for Advanced Studies and other campus resources and meet twice monthly with UI faculty to discuss mutual research interests. In addition, they will participate in a series of public forums on selected topics.