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Release: Feb. 14, 2002
International Programs' writer-in-residence discusses
Cuba as metaphor Feb. 18
Norge Espinosa, University of Iowa International Programs'
Writer-in-Residence, will discuss "Cuba as a Metaphor: Young Cuban Writers
and the Vision of the Insularity" at the International Mondays spring lecture
series Feb. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. This
event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served.
Espinosa will tackle the question, "Can the new writers
find new ways to express what is really happening in their own country --
Cuba as a metaphor: island, isolation, culture, politics, changes, resistance
and poetry." Using excerpts from the new and major figures in the Cuban literature,
Espinosa's talk will try to offer different ideas about this country and its
Espinosa is a young Cuban poet, critic and playwright
who is visiting the UI this spring as the International Programs' Writer-in-Residence.
Through this program, world-renowned writers travel around Iowa to conduct
readings and workshops at K-12 schools, public libraries, senior centers,
and other venues. The program is funded by the Stanley/UI Foundation Support
Organization and a Title VI National Resource Center (NCR) grant from the
U.S. Department of Education. Espinosa is based in the International Center
during this three-month residency.
The series is sponsored by UI International Programs
and 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 student produces PATV program on Islam and Muslims
Aman Aminzay, a second-year student in the UI College
of Medicine, will produce a second season of his Iowa City Public Access Television
program about Islam and Muslims. "Getting to Know Islam," is scheduled to
air on PATV (Channel 2) Sundays from 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m.
One new program will be shown each week.
Aminzay says the program will provide viewers with
informative and entertaining programming covering various aspects of the faith
of Islam. Upcoming programs include: Choosing Islam; Deeper Roots: Muslims
in America Before Columbus; Islam: a solution to America's social problems;
Jesus in the Quran; Book of Signs; and Muhammad in the Bible. For more information
about the show, contact Aminzay at 338-8896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.