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May 19, 2004

UI Faculty Awarded International Programs Research Awards

University of Iowa International Programs has awarded four Major Research Projects grants to six faculty members in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The $10,000 awards support individual and collaborative research projects, symposia, and conferences.

The following UI faculty members won the awards to support their projects:

Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program, will host a performance by the Zhou Brothers at the UI Museum of Art. This performance is part of the UI Creativity Conference, the inaugural event of the UI Year of the Arts and Humanities, scheduled for Sept. 7 to 9. The Zhou brothers are world famous for painting a single canvas shared between them, an intensely private ritual they call "dream dialogue."

Paul Greenough, professor of history and of community and behavioral medicine who serves as the director of the Crossing Borders Project as well as director of the Global Health Studies Program, will organize a research symposium titled "The Culture of Innovation in Science and Technology in India: Opportunities Seized, Opportunities Missed." The symposium will explore the political, cultural and institutional pathways and barriers that have hastened or slowed innovations in science and technology in India in the last century. It will be held in August 2005 at the University of Hyderabad in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The funding received from Major Projects will allow Lisa Troyer, associate professor of sociology, to travel to Hyderabad in December 2004 to participate in a conference planning meeting.

Loyce Arthur, associate professor of theater arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will bring an original theater work-in-progress entitled "Muro Ami" to campus along with Anton Juan, a scholar, director, designer and writer of international acclaim who conceived the piece. Arthur and Juan will work together with students in a seven-week residency of intensive rehearsals, experimentation and brainstorming to produce the play in professional theaters across the country. The project is part of the Partnership in the Arts program in Theater Arts and the department's ongoing initiative to produce more work by international theater artists.

Kenneth Cmiel, professor of history, Rex Honey, professor of geography, and Diana Cates, associate professor of religious studies, all in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will conduct a faculty seminar entitled "Human Rights Reading Group," during the 2004-2005 academic year. The interdisciplinary seminar will be devoted to reading recent scholarship on human rights in the hope that it will foster more faculty interest and support for teaching human rights related courses on campus. The group will also host a series of public lectures by distinguished human rights scholars.

For information on the International Programs Major Projects awards, contact Blythe Burkhardt at (319) 335-1436.

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

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: Blythe Burkhardt, 319-335-1436. Writer: Mansi Bhatia