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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 13, 2003

UI Students To Share International Experiences With Area Schools

Four University of Iowa students will talk about life and culture in Australia, Japan and South Africa with elementary school students in Muscatine, Davenport, and Waterloo Feb. 18, 24, and 28. These talks are part of the University of Iowa International Programs' International Classroom Journey (ICJ), which seeks to globalize the K-12 curriculum in eastern Iowa.

MUSCATINE: Aaron Brim, UI student and peer advisor in the Office of Study Abroad, will speak to second graders at two Muscatine schools on Tuesday, Feb. 18. He will be at Mulberry School from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and at Washington School from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Brim spent a semester studying abroad in Australia. His presentation will focus on language differences between American English and Australian English. He will also talk about schools, weather and other related topics.

DAVENPORT: UI students Megan Walton and Hyunduk Moon will give a presentation to Sacred Heart School in Davenport on Monday, Feb. 24 from 1-2 p.m. Walton studied abroad in Japan, and Moon was born in Korea and grew up in Japan. They will give a general culture overview of Japan to 25 sixth graders.

WATERLOO: Zoliswa O. Mali, a UI graduate student and teaching assistant from South Africa, will give a presentation to Kittrell School in Waterloo on Friday, Feb. 28 from 1-2 p.m. Mali will talk to 50 kindergarten students about arts, crafts, music, clothing and other culture aspects of Africa. She will bring some arts and crafts of her own as well as other visuals from International Program's Culture Kit Collection.

These presentations are made possible by The International Classroom Journey, a program sponsored by UI International Programs. One component of the International Classroom Journey is classroom presentations. A team of "tour guides" consisting of a native from that country and a U.S. student who has spent some time in that country/region, provide first hand accounts of daily life, traditions and customs in that culture. The international student provides the insider perspective while the U.S. student may identify cultural complexities of that country and explain the perspective of an American who has adjusted to life in another culture.

For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs' outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

UI 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, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345. Writer: Vitalis Torwel