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UI International Mondays series resumes in February

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International Mondays, a seminar series specially designed for internationally-minded people continues in February with four presentations. Topics include global interaction, life in Turkey, third-world development, and changing events in the former Soviet Union.

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:

Feb. 1: Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean for International Programs and professor of geography presents "Global Localities: Can Communities Survive Global Forces?" McNulty, who has been a UI faculty member since 1969, has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation Institutional Development Program. He has served as an Urban and Regional Development Advisor in the Office of Urban Development of the U.S. Agency for International Development. McNulty has conducted research and technical assistant projects in a number of countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Jordan, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Thailand, and Russia. He has published extensively on research related to urban and economic development in Africa and other areas of the Third World.

Feb. 8: UI student Leslie Winter discusses "Turkey: Experience it for yourself." Winter went to Turkey in 1994-95 for the academic high school year to live with a host family, sponsored by American Field Service. She is now a Global Studies major at the UI, focusing on development health and human resources. Winter will show slides and talk about how living abroad in Turkey has helped to shape her university and career choices.

Feb. 15: Nigerian native Chike Anyaegbunam speaks about "Creating Dialogue for Development." Anyaegbunam is a graduate of the UI's Third World Development Support Program and also holds a doctorate from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as a communication consultant for various rural development projects sponsored by the United Nations and the USAID. Anyaegbunam is an independent scholar who lives in Iowa City with his family. He is currently developing a study to investigate the utilization of the Internet for communication and human development in rural Africa.

Feb. 22: William Reisinger, a UI professor of political science presents "Tracking a Moving Target: The UI's Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and Events in the Former Soviet Bloc." During the spring semester Reisinger is serving as acting director of CREEES. He is a specialist on Russian politics, public opinion and behavior in postcommunist countries, and Russians' view of the law. He is co-author of the recently published book, "Can Democracy Take Root in Post-Soviet Russia?" and co-editor of Constitutional Dialogues in Comparative Perspective.

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.