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Release: Aug. 22, 2000

UI professors win $165,000 grant from Rockefeller Foundation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa professors have won a three-year, $165,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to extend and enhance a program that brings foreign American studies scholars to the UI to teach, conduct research, and collaborate with one another and with UI faculty members.

The program, the International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS), was founded by Virginia Dominguez, a UI professor of anthropology, and Jane Desmond, a UI professor of American studies. Its purpose is to promote humanities scholarship by non-U.S. scholars whose research focuses on social and cultural issues shaping or affecting the United States. To date, 18 IFUSS scholars from 15 countries have visited the UI for residencies lasting between two weeks and three months each.

The new grant will support an extension of IFUSS activities into Latin America, which in the first three years of the program was underrepresented among visiting scholars. Initially IFUSS will focus on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Cuba, four countries in which scholarly work on the U.S. is highly developed. Desmond and Dominguez hope to invite nine IFUSS fellows over the course of the three-year grant.

"We are terrifically excited about this," Desmond said. "Not only does the new funding allow us to develop working relations with Latin American specialists on the U.S., a dimension which has been underrepresented in the last few years, but it also inaugurates a new component of IFUSS's activities -- arranging on-going projects with organizations and institutions outside the U.S."

IFUSS is affiliated with 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.