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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 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 335-0637.