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Oct. 20, 2004

Final 2004 IWP Panel, Nov. 3, Explores Writers' 'Images of America'

Writers participating in the 2004 International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will be invited to share their "Images of America" in the program's final 2004 discussion, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Meeting Room A of the new Iowa City Public Library.

The event will be simulcast on the library's cable channel and taped for re-broadcast.

"Images of America" is the IWP's traditional closing discussion, when all the writers are encouraged to reflect on their experiences in Iowa and the United States -- the striking things they have observed from their perspective as visitors from other cultures, the notions about America that have either been reinforced or transformed and the experiences they will ruminate about when they return home.

This year the final panel discussion falls on the day after the Nov. 2 presidential election, and the writers are likely to comment on American politics.

Biographies of all the IWP writers are at

Thirty-nine writers, representing 28 countries, have been in residence at the University of Iowa since the beginning of the fall semester as participants in the IWP. The IWP is a unique residency program that each year promotes international understanding by assembling a "United Nations of writing" at the UI. Over the years, more than a thousand writers from 120 countries have completed residencies in the program.

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