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Post-apartheid climate in South Africa explored on 'International Edition'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa political science Professor Joel Barkan and Joseph Nxusani, a visiting law professor from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, will discuss the post-apartheid climate in that country on the next International Edition radio show.

The show will air at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 on WSUI (AM 910), at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 on WSUI (AM 910) and at 5:30 p.m. that evening on KSUI (FM 91.7).

This month's show will feature three segments, including a discussion about a special spring UI colloquium co-sponsored by the African Studies Program and the Center for International and Comparative Studies. The colloquium participants, which include several visiting South African specialists, are meeting weekly to discuss changes that have taken place since President Nelson Mandela and his government assumed office in May 1994.

Another segment will focus on the UI's new Irish Writing Program, administered by the Division of Continuing Education. Program Director Martin Roper will discuss this study abroad opportunity and the ways people can get involved with the program.

The third segment is a piece produced by Gayane Torossian, a UI journalism graduate student from Armenia. Torossian's segment portrays his experience at the UI's recent Cultural Diversity Day, an annual event which celebrates domestic and international diversity.

In its seventh year of production, International Edition is coordinated by the UI Office of International Education and Services (OIES). OIES staff member John Rogers and Martin Roper are the show's co-hosts, and OIES staffers Lois Gray and Akua Brathwaite co-produce the show, with the help of WSUI senior producer Julie Englander.

The show was created to reflect the inter-cultural mingling of the nearly 100 cultures represented on the UI campus by approximately 2,000 international students and scholars. Programs are designed to educate, entertain and promote cross-cultural understanding among international students and local community members.

OIES provides foreign student advising and educational and study abroad programming, and works to increase the cross-cultural understanding and skills of UI students, faculty and community members. More than 400 UI students study abroad each year in programs and exchanges in an estimated 35 countries.

International Edition airs monthly on WSUI and KSUI. For more information, call Gray or Brathwaite at (319)335-0335.