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Release: Sept. 26, 2001

McCue to discuss university's responsibilities following national tragedy

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- James McCue, an emeritus professor of religion at the University of Iowa will discuss "Sept. 11 and the Responsibilities of a University in a Democratic Superpower," on Monday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge as part of the International Mondays lecture series. This event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served.

McCue was a professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1965-2000, and he directed the Global Studies Program from 1984-1998. A major concern of his has been the question: "What is an appropriate education for citizens of the most dominant society in the global system?"

During his lecture, McCue will try to develop the argument that universities, including the University of Iowa, have been comfortable for a long time with their assigned task of preparing people to fit into the booming and expanding US/global economy. He said the events of Sept. 11 force everyone to give serious thought to the question of what kind of education is necessary for responsible citizenship in a society that claims to be a representative democracy and has a deep impact on the lives of people world-wide.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs with support from the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization 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.

UI International Programs 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.