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Feb. 28, 2002


'Before Night Falls' screening brought into focus by Norge Espinosa March 3

            Cuban playwright and poet Norge Espinosa, University of Iowa International Programs' Spring 2002 Writer-in-Residence, will speak at a screening of the film "Before Night Falls," the story of persecuted gay Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas. The screening will be held at the International Center Lounge Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m.  This event is free of charge and refreshments will be served. The screening is sponsored by the UI Gay Lesbian Bisexual  Transgender and Allied Union, Flierman Resources, and Patrick Muller.  Anyone requiring special accommodations or anyone who has questions should contact: or call 335-6594.



Aslan to discuss 'After Afghanistan' at International Mondays March 4

            Reza Aslan, University of Iowa visiting professor of Islamic Studies, will discuss "After Afghanistan," Monday, March 4 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.

            Aslan's lecture will primarily deal with the future of the Middle East and its relations with the United States, as well as the future of the war on terrorism.

            In August of 2000, Aslan was named the visiting professor of Islamic studies at the University of Iowa. In that capacity, he has taught courses in Introduction to Islam, Gender and Human Rights, and Religion and Politics in the Middle East. Starting in fall 2002, he will teach full-time at the UI. When the World Trade Center was attacked in September of 2001, Aslan put his expertise of the Middle East to work for both the university and the greater Iowa community by traveling the state speaking to public and private organizations, business, churches, mosques, universities and the media.

            The series is sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.