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Release: Nov. 12, 2002

UI activities highlight International Education Week Nov. 18-22

The University of Iowa will join in the national recognition of International Education Week Nov. 18 to 22 with a series of events including a lecture by Iowa's First Lady Christie Vilsack, a photo contest, a Peace Corps presentation and a Friends of International Education Fair.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. This year's theme is "Securing the Future Through Study and Exchange." UI International Programs has organized more than a dozen special activities, events and lectures to observe the week. Most of the activities are free and open to the public.

UI Interim President Willard "Sandy" Boyd said it is important for everyone at the UI to maintain a global perspective and seek opportunities to learn about other cultures.

"Preparing students to work and live together humanely and effectively in a global environment is central to the educational mission at the UI," Boyd said. "Here in Iowa City we all have opportunities daily to broaden our international perspective. I hope the community will join in this celebration of international education."

For a complete schedule of UI International Education Week events, visit the International Programs web site at and click on Featured Events. For more information contact Lois Gray,, 335-2026 or Buffy Quintero,, 335-0345. For more information on the national celebration of International Education Week, visit

Following are a few highlights from the UI schedule:

-- Friday, Nov. 15: An International Programs' photo exhibit entitled, "Show Us the World Through Your Eyes" will open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the IMU first floor lobby gallery space. An estimated 45 photos that were entered as part of IP's first-ever photo contest held in conjunction with International Education Week will be on display. These photos depict many different facets of impressions of the world from both U.S. students who studied abroad, and UI international students and their impressions of the U.S. The winners will be announced, and prizes will be presented. The Iowa Memorial Union is hosting the reception, and the exhibit will remain on display until Dec. 1.

-- Monday, Nov. 18: Shannon Marquez, assistant professor in environmental health sciences and assistant dean for diversity with the UI College of Public Health, will speak on "Student Research Abroad: Promoting Scholarship and Collaboration in a Developing Country" from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. Light refreshments will be served.

-- Tuesday, Nov. 19: Khalda Mohieldin of the Sudanese Community Center Inc., will discuss how and why this center was developed and the mission/goals or the organization, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge.

-- Wednesday, Nov. 20: Reza Aslan, an Iranian who is a visiting instructor of religion working on an MFA in the UI Writers' Workshop, will speak on, "Internationalizing Higher Education Curriculum," from noon to 1 p.m. in S401 PBB. He is currently teaching "Religion and Politics" and "Intro to Islam."

-- Thursday, Nov. 21: The public is invited to a Friends of International Education Fair, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the International Center Lounge, which will feature different community organizations that have an international emphasis or focus.

-- Friday, Nov. 22: Distinguished guest, Iowa's First Lady Christie Vilsack will discuss "International Education- A Must for All Iowans" at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational-United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City. There will be a luncheon starting at noon, and Vilsack's lecture will start at approximately 12:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) with additional support from UI International Programs and Mike Cilek. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov. 20 by noon. Call 335-0351 for more information.

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