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UI International Programs kicks off International Mondays! series

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A seminar series specially designed for the internationally-minded will debut Monday, Sept. 15. UI International Programs announces the September 1997 schedule of "International Mondays!," formerly known as Monday at CICS. This brown bag seminar series will focus on presentations by individuals who have had international experiences.

The seminars 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.

* The series will kick off Monday, Sept. 15, featuring a second-year MBA student, Stuart Miller. Miller, who interned in Argentina this summer, will present "Argentina - In Search of a National Identity."

Miller worked for the Principal Financial Group where he initiated a business plan to launch an investment firm in Argentina focusing on annuities. He will speak on the economic progress of Argentina and his experiences there. Argentina's defeat of hyperinflation has been one of the great economic success stories of the 1990s.

Miller also will give a series of lectures on Argentina at the International Jobs Fair Sept. 24.

* Monday, Sept. 22: "New Buda - A Hungarian Daydream on the Iowan Plains."

Pal Bekes, a Hungarian writer, playwright and translator, is a fellow of the International Writing Program. He will speak about the dream of the hardliners' revolution and freedom fight of 1848 to create a "new Hungary" on the American frontier. Bekes also has authored the play "New Buda" that focuses on the birth of a small Hungarian utopian community in western Iowa in 1850.

* Monday, Sept. 29: "Chariots of Desire: 'Juggernaut' and Jagannath of Eastern India" will be presented by Dr. Ishita Banerjee Dube, a social historian from India, who will present a participant-observer's account of the rath yatra, the car festival of Lord Jagannath, the central deity of Hinduism in Orissa, eastern India.

The annual festival attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India and from abroad. Dr. Banerjee Dube, who has conducted extensive field work in Orissa in the past decade, will talk about various myths, memories, anxieties and aspirations that define the event. Dube is a visiting scholar at the Center for African and Asian Studies, El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. She is currently completing her book on Jagannath temple of Puri, in which she focuses on issues of the temple administration, pilgrims and the authority of the king, state and law.

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.