CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
UI center receives grant to continue international writing outreach
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for International and
Comparative Studies (CICS) has been awarded an Iowa Humanities Board Major
Grant for $6,200 to continue an international writing outreach program
for the 1997-98 academic year.
This is the third consecutive year that CICS has received the grant,
which will be used to continue the community outreach program titled, "Through
a Writer's Eyes: Seeing as the Writer Sees." During the spring semester,
the program brings in one international writer to serve a four-month residency
conducting eight to 10 outreach programs in communities around the state.
The audiences vary from location to location, but the primary target audience
is the "out of school adult population," and the majority of
participants are senior citizens in rural communities who otherwise wouldn't
have access to this type of program.
The programs range from one-hour lectures to four-hour interactive writing
workshops. Social events, such as dinners and receptions, provide opportunities
for participants to engage in casual conversation with the writer. Outreach
program writers are selected by a committee from a pool of interested participants
in the International Writing Program, with the past three writers having
been Martin Roper of Ireland, Maria van Daalan of Holland and Molnar Miklos
Next year's program should see considerable growth, according to Marie
Williamson, CICS Coordinator for Instruction, Computing and Outreach.
In 1998, two writers will be in residence at CICS funded with monies from
the Iowa Humanities Board and the Stanley UI Support Organization, as well
as Title VI funds from the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, call Williamson at (319) 335-1435.