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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 writers.

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