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UI center receives grant to continue international writing outreach program

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 of Hungary.

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.