CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
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
"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.