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University of Iowa News Release

May 26, 2004

Teachers Should Register By June 1 For International Programs Summer Institute

Teachers interested in participating in the University of Iowa International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers "The U.S.-Mexico Border and Immigration," can register for the week-long class until June 1. The class is offered June 14 through 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UI, organized by UI International Programs and the Center for Credit Programs.

The workshop is an opportunity for K-12 teachers to gain current information and perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico border region and immigration. After attending the workshop teachers will be able to incorporate what they learn into their own classroom curriculum, said Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator and institute organizer.

Enrollment is limited to 28 students. The institute is offered for academic credit only and awards three semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit. Tuition is $196 per semester hour (undergraduate) and $305 per semester hour (graduate). Tuition and housing assistance is still available. To register for the institute, contact The Center for Credit Programs toll-free at 1-800-272-6430; press 1 for Enrollment Services; call direct at 319-335-2575; or e-mail

The institute will consist of lectures and group discussions. In addition there will be an opportunity to speak with leading experts in the field, including John Paul Chaisson-Cardenas of the Iowa Division of Latino Affairs and Jesse Villalobos with the National Conference for Community Justice (NCCJ). Anne Woodrick will discuss the University of Northern Iowa's New Iowans Project, designed as a companion to the PBS Miniseries "The New Americans." The workshop will also feature film screenings, a visit to the Women's Archives at UI Libraries, and evening entertainment.

An institute highlight will be a screening of the award-winning film "The Gatekeeper," with a special guest appearance by director/protagonist John Carlos Frey. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to speak with Frey about his work immediately following the screening. The film is a true-to-life drama based on Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Border Patrol reports as well as countless first hand accounts of hopeful migrant struggles. "The Gatekeeper" depicts the current civil unrest occurring at the U.S./Mexican border.

Claire F. Fox, associate professor of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will conduct the institute. Fox's teaching and research interests include inter-American cultural studies, Mexican and U.S.-Mexican border arts and culture, visual culture studies and cultural policy studies. She is the author of "The Fence and the River: Culture and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border" (University of Minnesota Press, 1999). Her essays have appeared in "Iris," "Discourse," "Social Text," "Studies in Latin American Popular Culture" and "Studies in Twentieth Century Literature." She is currently working on a book about hemispheric cultural policy and art criticism during the Cold War period.

Fox has been teaching interdisciplinary border studies courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for 10 years. She taught a similar seminar for K-6 educators through the Summer Multicultural Institute of the Campbell Union School District in Campbell, Calif.

During the institute, Fox will offer an historical overview of U.S. immigration policy and present information about contemporary developments in the border region. Such developments include the impact of free trade on border economies, the growth of anti-immigrant militias in the U.S. Southwest, and the status of women workers in Mexican border assembly plants. The seminar will also emphasize the implications of border policy and Mexican migration for Iowa and the upper Midwest.

Grants to assist with tuition costs will be distributed among all registrants. The amount of funding each receives depends upon the number of participants. Housing is still available for teachers who live outside a 25-mile radius of Iowa City. Each teacher who registers for housing will receive free housing and his/her own room at Mayflower Residence Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

For information about housing and grants, contact at 319-335-0345; or toll-free, at 800-272-6430, and ask to be transferred to Quintero at extension 5-0345; or

The workshops are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and support from the UI office of the provost and office of continuing education. The Bijou Theater is assisting in funding John Carlos Frey's visit to the UI campus.

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 for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and 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,