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UI International Mondays series continues in November

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International Mondays, a seminar series specially designed for internationally minded people continues in November with five presentations. Topics include the health in Thailand, alternative art in Germany, working in the Dominican Republic, African newspapers, and poverty in India.

The series is sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. All sessions are free and open to the public. The seminars are from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center, Room 230, unless otherwise noted and include a free lunch. For more information on International Mondays, call Jocelyn Cullity at 335-0637.

Following is the schedule of upcoming seminars:

Nov. 2: Barbara Davidson will present "Tuberculosis Treatment in Thailand: How Bureaucracy Figures in Patience Compliance." Davidson, a UI second-year Ph.D candidate in medical anthropology, will give a slide presentation on her field work in Thailand, which she completed with funding from the Global Health Studies Program and the anthropology department.

Nov. 9: UI Ph.D. candidate Curt Germundson will present German artist Kurt Schwitters in "Kurt Schwitters and the Alternative Art Community in Hanover."

Nov. 16: UI student Amy Blair will speak on her experiences working in the Dominican Republic.

Nov. 23: UI student Matthew Thomas will speak on "Business Newspapers for Micro-Businesses in East Africa." Thomas, who is pursuing a double major in Third World development support and journalism at the graduate level, will speak about his travels to Tanzania and Uganda this past summer. He is hoping to create a business newspaper geared toward micro-businesses in East Africa. This newspaper would provide business information and services as a compliment to financial services provided by the micro-credit sector.

Nov. 30: Award-winning Indian journalist, P. Sainath, the University of Iowa International Programs' distinguished visiting professional this fall, will discuss his novel, "Everybody Loves a Good Drought," as well as his journalistic work covering India's largest industry --poverty. Sainath is one of India's leading freelance journalists who is based in Mumbai, India. He is also currently working on a writing project, "Dalits 1998-2000." This series portrays the lives of dalits or the former untouchables, members of the lowest caste of India.

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 of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the 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.