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Release: Oct. 4, 2001

English Professor Lori Branch leads Oct. 5 God at Iowa forum

Lori Branch, assistant professor of English, is the guest speaker for the Oct. 5 Finding God at Iowa forum, to be held at noon in River Room 1 of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Branch will share how her recent conversion to Eastern Orthodox Christianity has impacted her academic and daily lives.

The monthly lunch series forum is designed to include dialogue among faculty, staff, and students who are curious about how one's faith commitment may contribute to either theory or practice in academic endeavors or work.

For more information, contact Jason Chen, at 120 N. Dubuque St., (319) 341-0007 or e-mail:

McNabb to discuss study abroad in Thailand during Oct. 8 International Mondays

Scott McNabb, a professor in the University of Iowa College of Education, will speak Monday, Oct. 8 about new possibilities for students interested in studying abroad. His talk, "Study in Thailand: Possible Scenarios," begins at noon in the International Center Lounge and is part of the International Mondays' lecture series. This event is free and open to the public, and Thai Noodle House Restaurant will provide a light lunch.

McNabb traveled to Thailand in August to research possibilities for a study abroad program for UI and Coe College students. He is working on strategies to teach American students about the intricacies of Thai history and culture in a brief time period without resorting to cultural clichés. He will discuss three possible scenarios for a study abroad program offered during the winter break.

The series is sponsored by UI International Programs and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

Faculty, students to discuss South African trip at roundtable Oct.10

A Crossing Borders roundtable discussion will bring together a delegation of University
of Iowa faculty and graduate students recently returned from a trip to South Africa Wednesday,
Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 704, Jefferson Building, 129 E. Washington St., Iowa City. The event has been organized by the International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS). At this time, the group will discuss their findings from the trip.

The group visited six universities to learn first hand the ways that the U.S. is studied, researched, and taught in that country. Speakers will include IFUSS co-directors, Jane Desmond, associate professor of American Studies, and Virginia Dominguez, professor of anthropology); and Richard Horwitz, professor of American studies. The discussion will center on their experiences and reflections of the visit.

IFUSS, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, is a program that acknowledges the lively growth of intellectual communities around the world that study the United States and seeks to promote greater contact with those scholars, and knowledge of that work, within the U.S. intellectual community.

Lunch will be provided. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Oct. 9 by calling 335-2476 or emailing

Women's Center hosts fund-raising dinner Oct. 12

The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) will host its annual spaghetti dinner on Friday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Iowa City, 217 Iowa Avenue. The sponsor for this year's fund-raising dinner is Zio Johno's Spaghetti House, which has catered the event each year since its inception in 1996. "Zio Johno's financial sponsorship is a big boost toward our $3,000 fundraising goal, which is more important than ever this year as the University faces continuing funding cuts," says Center director, Monique DiCarlo. The dinner helps fund the Center's important services like support groups, counseling, information and referral and educational seminars. Others providing financial sponsorship for the event include the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Prairie Lights Bookstore, Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Benson & Hepker Design, Environmental Systems, Medicap Pharmacy, Kim Ryan-Lepic Kroeger Realtor, and Synchronicity Chiropractic and Healing Arts Center.

The dinner menu includes spaghetti with vegetarian sauce, bread, salad and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children. Included with a dinner ticket is a chance to enter into the event's famous door prize drawing supported by donations from over 20 local businesses. Tickets are available for advance purchase at the Women's Center at 130 N. Madison Street. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call (319) 335-1486.

Women's Resource and Action Center to offer Women and Money series

"The Women's Resource and Action Center along with the Iowa Women's Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library will offer the first workshop in their 2001-02 Women and Money series. "Saving Time, Saving Money: Living Your Dreams on a Budget" will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Teresa Lemire will be the featured speaker. The discussion will cover ways to make room in your budget and in your life for the things most important to you. The session will offer practical and helpful advice on making the most of your resources.

Although the workshops in this series were developed for women, everyone is welcome to attend. The series is designed for participants of all income levels. Seating and materials for workshops may be limited, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

The next workshop in the Women and Money series will be "How to Avoid Income Tax Shock," on Thursday, Nov. 15.

To register for a workshop or for more information, contact the Iowa Women's Foundation at (319) 337-4222 or e-mail