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Iowa City IA 52242
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 China, New Zealand, and Singapore. 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 November seminars:
Nov. 3 - China at the Turn of the Century
Qianlong Wu , a professor from the School of Foreign Languages, Zhongshan
University, Guangzhou, China, will speak about the morale among Chinese
people, especially young intellectuals, after the turnover of Hong Kong
to China July 1. His presentation will give an insight on the happenings
in China, particularly the social development and changes in the ideology
of the people, the return of Hong Kong and China's economic growth and
problems. Wu is a visiting scholar in the UI American Studies Program,
conducting studies on the American culture and traditions.
Nov. 10 - Women's Voices from Down-under
Bernadette Hall, a poet and playwright from New Zealand, will speak
about the emergence of strong voices among New Zealand's female poets in
recent years. Hall, who has performed her poetry at various book festivals
exploring the "communal possibilities of poetry" through collaboration
with an Irish uillean pipe player and music composers, will describe the
innovation in the female poets' themes, their language and their style.
She has written four books of poetry, is a poetry editor of the literary
magazine, "Takahe" and also writes plays. Currently she is involved
with the UI International Writing Program.
Nov. 17 - Walking the Tightrope: Society and Behavior in Singapore
Kirpal Singh, the head of the Division of Literature and Drama at the
Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, will speak about the ways
in which individuals in Singapore function, both as people working towards
a common destiny and as individuals searching for their own identities.
Singh is a well-known writer and has given lectures, talks, seminars and
readings internationally. Singapore has gained the reputation of being
a strict, disciplined nation and Singh's talk will address some pertinent
issues relating to this image of Singapore.
These are the final International Mondays! presentations of the semester.
The series will resume in February 1998.
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