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Oct. 22, 2003

Torosyan Speaks About Armenian Radio At Oct. 27 International Mondays

Gayane Torosyan, a full-time producer at WSUI/KSUI radio and a doctoral student in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is scheduled to speak at the next International Mondays lecture. The talk, "Re-negotiating Media in the Post-Soviet Era: Western Journalistic Practices in Armenian Radio," will take place in the International Center Lounge Monday, Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. The speech is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

During her speech, Torosyan will discuss the influence of American and European media support organizations on the Armenian media after the fall of communism. Once communism ended, there was a noticeable transition towards democratization and pluralism in the Armenian media, Torosyan said.

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Torosyan graduated from Yerevan State University with a degree in mathematics. In 1995, she won a two-year graduate fellowship to complete her master's degree at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. After working for a year with an international media development agency in Armenia, Torosyan returned to Iowa with her family in 1998 to work on her doctorate in mass communications. She has worked at WSUI/KSUI as a student since 1995 and became a full-time producer in 2000.

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays 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.

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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Kent Nguyen.