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Release: May 8, 2002

UI faculty granted support for new international courses

University of Iowa professors will develop five new undergraduate courses focusing on international topics with support from UI International Programs and the Office of the Provost. Up to $7,500 of funding will be provided to develop each new course. The recipients are faculty from a variety of departments who agree to teach the course at least three times over the next 10 semesters.

"With these awards, IP is supporting the development of new courses that will help reconceptualize international education at the introductory undergraduate level, broaden the intellectual base of international studies and move beyond the paradigm of area studies," said Christopher Roy, associate dean of International Programs. "IP is seeking to support courses that heighten global awareness among first and second year students and introduce them to international studies in new ways. This is more important now than ever before in the wake of Sept. 11."

The courses to be funded were selected from proposals submitted in response to International Programs' call for new course development proposals for 2001-2002. Faculty recipients of the international course development awards are:

Sarah Adams, assistant professor of art and art history, for a course entitled, "Art and South African Independence." This course will focus on contemporary South African artists who work in South Africa and its diaspora. Students will focus on artistic engagement with the rise and fall of apartheid within the larger context of the history of South Africa.

Richard Brent Turner, associate professor of religion and African-American World Studies, for a course entitled "African-American Islam in International Perspective." The course will explore the history of black Americans' involvement with Islam in the context of international Islam. The course will examine religious and political links between indigenous African-American Muslim communities and immigrant Muslim communities from West Africa, Arab countries, Iran, India and Pakistan.

Rodney Bruce Hall, assistant professor of political science, for a lecture course entitled "Globalization and its Discontents." The course aims to introduce students to the multidisciplinary literature on the political economy of globalization. It will survey the contributions to this literature by political scientists, economists, sociologists, political geographers, organizational theorists and social anthropologist.

Rex Honey, professor of geography and director of African studies program, for a course entitled "Understanding the Middle East." The course is designed to help students gain a deeper, broader and clearer understanding of the Middle East by examining Arab and related cultures. The course will also look at political economies, histories, resources and conflicts in this often troubled part of the world.

Brian Lai, assistant professor of political science, for a course entitled, "The Politics of Terrorism." The course will examine the motivations and goals of terrorism and how terrorism has changed over the years. Actual terrorist groups will be examined to provide students an opportunity to apply theories learned in class to terrorist groups covered by the media.

International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.