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Public invited to October International Mondays series at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International Mondays, a seminar series specially designed for internationally-minded people, begins its programming for the Fall 1998 semester with four presentations in October. Topics include the Peace Corps, the effect of a changing economy on women in China, the Russian medical system, and global feminist economics.

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:

Oct. 5: "Peace Corps: Opening doors to international employment and development," by David Mohler, the UI Peace Corps Coordinator. Mohler currently works at the UI on professional certification to teach secondary French and ESL. He served two years with the Peace Corps in Gabon, Central Africa, and has traveled to more than 11 African nations. He has just returned from a research trip to Tanzania.

Oct. 12: "Going to the Sea - a Year in Changing China," by Jocelyn Cullity, a UI graduate student. Cullity, of Canada, who is pursuing a master's degree in Third World Development Support at the UI, will present her documentary on women in Northeast China. The film explores the impact of the switch to a market economy on their lives.

Oct. 19: "The Russian Medical System," by Elizabeth Swanson, associate professor of nursing and associate dean of UI International Programs. She will discuss her recent experiences working in Russian hospitals.

Oct. 26: The film, "Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies & Global Economics," will be shown. This is a documentary on Global Feminist Economist Marilyn Waring. This film offers a good background on this internationally renowned speaker who will speak at the UI in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. At that time Waring will present, "The Sustainable Landscape: Idealism or Reality?" Her lecture will address the role of individuals in the global environment and the danger of the environment being colonized by economics.

Waring is a feminist economist with a Ph.D. in political economy, a development consultant who has worked in more than a dozen countries, a farmer, and an activist for "female human rights." She is currently a senior lecturer in social policy and social work at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

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.