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UI International Programs continues International Mondays! series

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International Mondays!, a seminar series specially engineered for internationally-minded people, continues this month with presentations on art, film, fiction, and feminism. These brown bag seminars, presented by individuals who have had an international experience, will be from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center, Room 230, unless otherwise noted. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Following is a schedule of October seminars:

* Oct. 6: Dancing through the land, language and culture of a tiny multi-racial society

Suchen Christine Lim, fiction writer, will give a description of Singapore's convoluted landscape and culture. Lim, who has written several novels, including Ricebowl (1984), Gift from the Gods (1991), and Fistful of Colours, is here on a Fulbright grant through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and is currently involved with the International Writers Program.

* Oct. 13: Writing the Spirit: Arts of Inscription in Africa and the African Americas

Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts, scholar affiliate and visiting professor, School of Art and Art History, will give a slide-illustrated lecture presenting alternative literacies and the role of inscription in African cultures on both sides of the Atlantic. Examples include indigenous scripts, secret writing systems, calligraphic traditions, and unknown tongues. Roberts's talk will focus on the mystical attributes of Sufi scripts used by Islamic marabout holy men in the west African country of Senegal where she and her husband, Dr. Allen F. Roberts, professor of anthropology and African-American World Studies at UI, have been conducting field research for four years.

Oct. 20: Women in Social Democratization: Motherhood and the Family

Beatriz Schmukler, a native of Argentina who now lives in Mexico, has always been interested in questions related to politics, motherhood and the family -- topics that have had, "an uneasy relationship" with feminism. In Latin America, while most women's popular organizations justify and legitimatize activism in terms of motherhood, feminist organizations have criticized the use of maternal symbolism.

Oct. 27: Translating America: How English crossed the language barrier of sound cinema Natasa Durovicova, a graduate in film and drama from the University of Lund (Sweden), has studied issues in various European cinemas in context of their cultural histories and institutions. Her presentation takes its start from a historical moment--the transition to sound film roughly during the years 1928-1932. Durovicova was born in Czechoslovakia and is currently pursuing her doctorate at the UCLA School for Cinema and TV.

International Mondays! is organized by UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

For more information on International Mondays!, call Lalit Bhatia at 335-0637.