CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
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
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