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Release: Dec. 11, 2000

UI faculty win support for developing new international courses

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- With support from International Programs and the Office of the Provost, University of Iowa professors will develop eight new undergraduate courses focusing on international topics. Funding of up to $7,500 will be provided for development of each new course. The recipients are faculty from a variety of departments who agree to teach the course at least three times over the next 10 semesters.

"With these awards, IP is supporting the development of new courses that will help reconceptualize international education at the introductory undergraduate level, broaden the intellectual base of international studies and move beyond the paradigm of area studies," said Christopher Roy, associate dean of International Programs. "IP is seeking to support courses that heighten global awareness among first and second year students and introduce them to international studies in new ways."

The courses to be funded were selected from proposals submitted in response to International Programs' call for new course development proposals for 2001-2002. Faculty recipients of the international course development awards are:

Carlos Rodriguez, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, for a course titled, "World Music as Popular Music." Students will learn about a broad selection of popular and world music from both historical and current perspectives, emphasizing musical elements, instruments, organization, performance and expression.

Julie Hochstrasser, assistant professor of art and art history, and Margaret Rochelle, lecturer in art and art history, for their collaboration on, "Inside Baroque." The course will combine lectures and studio classes in an effort to give students both historical perspective and hands-on experience of the media, methods and styles of the painters under investigation.

Jael Silliman, assistant professor of women's studies, for a course tentatively titled,
"Girl Speak: Voices From Around the World." The objective of this course is to generate interest in International and Women Studies among first and second year undergraduates through a focus on
the voices, concerns, and activism of their contemporaries -- young women between the ages of
18 and 23 -- across the world.

Mary Lou Emery, associate professor of English, for a course titled, "Caribbean Cross-Currents of the 20th Century." This course will introduce students to a notion of transnational cultural movement as a way of understanding the history, art and literature of the Caribbean.

Corey K. Creekmur, associate professor of English, for a course titled, "The International Film Musical." The course will provide a survey of the musical genre in an international frame, emphasizing the distinct cultural, ethnic, and national appropriations of a broadly popular narrative form.

Jerry Anthony, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, for a course titled,
"The Splendor of Cities: A Cross-Cultural and Historical Study of Urban Centers." The course is designed to take undergraduates on an exploration of cities through time and across continents to discover their splendor, appreciate their complexity and recognize the efforts needed to make cities work.

Thomas A. Lewis, assistant professor of religion, for a course titled, "Religion and Conflict in the Contemporary World." This course will introduce students to the academic study of religion by examining the role of religion in contemporary social and political conflicts in Latin America and the United States.

Salome Raheim, associate professor and Director of the School of Social Work, for a course titled, "Family and Community Impacts of Latin American-U.S. Immigration." The course will be jointly developed with other Social Work faculty including Associate Professor Susan Murty, Clinical Assistant Professor Bob VanderBeek, and Adjunct Professor John Paul Chaisson. Also involved in the development of this course will be faculty from two Mexican institutions. The course will explore how the global socio-political economy impacts family and community systems in Latin American countries, creating push and pull forces that promote Latino/Hispanic immigration to the United States.

International Programs consists 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 internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.