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March 30, 2005

Professor To Discuss Kannada Language, Culture At April 4 Lecture

From German to Zulu, ancient Greek to Biblical Hebrew -- the University of Iowa offers many options for language acquisition. This year the UI added Kannada, a language of Karnataka, a southern state in India. Kilingar (K.V.) Tirumalesh, a visiting professor of Asian languages and literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak about "Kannada Language and Culture" April 4, at noon in the International Center Lounge. The lecture, part of the International Mondays series, is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Tirumalesh is visiting from the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, India, where he has taught for more than 25 years. He also spent a year teaching English in Sana'a, Yemen Arab Republic. Tirumalesh writes poetry in Kannada and last fall was a participant in the UI International Writing Program. His talk will focus on the prominent features of the Kannada language, literature and people.

More than 50 million speakers throughout India and other parts of the world speak Kannada. The language has multiple geographical dialects and it is one of the oldest languages of the major South Indian languages, second only to Tamil. With $1.4 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education and UI International Programs, Kannada will be taught on a regular basis at the UI for the next four years.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will broadcast the lecture Tuesday, April 5, following the noon news. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, 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 different 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.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345.