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Information session about UI writing program in Ireland to be Dec.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad will
hold an information session about its Irish Writing Program Wednesday,
Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 9 of the English Philosophy Building (EPB)
on the UI campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The Irish Writing Program is a seven-week program that links the UI
and Trinity College, Dublin -- two universities renowned for their reputations
in writing and literature. The program is tentatively set for June 24-Aug.
Martin Roper, the program director, will lead the information session.
Roper came to the UI on a Fulbright scholarship in 1994. He was a participant
in the International Writing Program, the first writer-in-residence at
the former Center for International and Comparative Studies and received
a scholarship towards an MFA in the nonfiction writing program at the UI.
"One of the exciting aspects of this program is that it is open
to both students, undergraduate and graduate, as well as non-students,"
Roper said. "This makes for a more diverse range of students, both
in age and background, than is generally found in workshops."
The program has two sections -- writing workshops and literature and
drama classes -- and classes are complemented by a range of cultural events
and social activities that will broaden the students' knowledge of Ireland,
such as theater performances, poetry readings, a literary pub crawl and
traditional music sessions. Irish writers teach all courses.
There are no education or writing prerequisites. "The doors are
open to anyone who is keen to write and study Irish literature in Ireland,"
said Nicole Peterson, the program coordinator and a past participant. "For
university students, this is one of the best ways to travel and earn credit."
Applicants are accepted based on a writing sample. The deadline for
applications is March 8. For more information or to get an application,
contact Peterson at the UI Office for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353 or
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UI Office for Study Abroad administers study abroad programs and
exchanges for the UI and provides advising services for students interested
in an international educational experience. The office also administers
several scholarship competitions for international study and research.
The office is located at 28 International Center and is open to students
from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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.
The UI Office for Study Abroad is part of 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.
(Editor's Note: Martin Roper will be at the UI Dec. 2-Jan. 1 and will
be available for interviews. Peterson is also available for interviews.
Contact the Office for Study Abroad at 335-0353.)