CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Jan. 31, 2000
International Mondays seminars resume in February
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International issues at the University of Iowa, U.S.
media coverage of assassinations in Armenia, African dance and Caribbean identity,
and Democracy and Civil Society in the West Bank will all be topics explored
during the UI International Mondays seminar series in February. This seminar
series, specially designed for internationally-minded people, kicks off its
programming for the spring 2000 semester with four presentations in February.
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 Aya Matsushima at 335-0637.
Following is the schedule of upcoming seminars:
Feb. 7: UI President Mary Sue Coleman will present an informal chat with
a question and answer session on international issues at the UI. This program
will be held in the International Center Lounge.
Feb. 14: UI doctoral student Gayane Torossian will speak on "The U.S.
Media Coverage of the October 1999 Shootings in the Armenia Parliament."
Torossian, a native of Armenia, is a second-year Ph.D. student in the UI School
of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has worked in both print and broadcast
media in her country. After earning her master's degree in journalism in 1997
at the UI, she worked in Armenia with an American media support organization.
While living in Iowa City, Torossian has worked regular on-air shifts at the
local NPR affiliate radio station, WSUI/KSUI AM-910. She is also a graduate
assistant in the media relations and publications department of UI International
Programs and co-produces "International Edition" radio show. Her
research interest is Armenian broadcast history.
Feb. 21: Adriana Mendez, UI professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will speak
on "Transculturated Tempos: The African Dance and Caribbean Identity."
Mendez will present from a paper that traces the representation of the African
dance in two moments of Caribbean cultural history -- the nineteenth-century
and twentieth-century avant-garde. The African dance emerges as a metaphor
for the process of transculturation between the European and African peoples
in the region, and underlines the distinctiveness of Caribbean culture as
Feb. 28: UI senior Kerry Boyd will speak on "Democracy and Civil Society
in the West Bank Contents." Boyd is a UI Honors student majoring in global
studies with a focus on the Middle East. She will discuss the research she
did in the West Bank during April and May 1999 and how Palestinians are working
for democracy. While living in the West Bank, she interviewed members of a
few Palestinian organizations working to promote a democratic Palestinian
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.