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University of Iowa News Release

May 20, 2005

International Programs Awards Major Projects Grants To UI Faculty

University of Iowa International Programs has awarded four Major Projects Grants to six faculty members. The $10,000 awards provide faculty members with funding for various collaborative research projects, conferences, and symposia related to international topics.

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

Elizabeth Heineman, associate professor of history, and Ken Cmiel, professor of history and American Studies and director of the UI Center for Human Rights, will arrange an international conference in spring 2006 entitled, "History of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones." After the conference, they will compile significant work presented at the conference along with additional articles to publish the first comprehensive volume on the topic. This conference will be organized in cooperation with the UI Center for Human Rights.

Claire Fox, associate professor of English and director of the Latin American Studies Program, will organize a symposium on Latin American history in honor of Charles A. Hale called, "Liberalism and Its Legacies." The keynote address and four panels will present contemporary scholarship on fields to which Hale has made distinguished contributions. These fields include the history of U.S.-Latin American relations, the Mexican revolution and its aftermath, and the relation of 19th century liberalism to contemporary neo-liberalism. Hale is a UI professor emeritus of Latin American history and long-time supporter of Latin American Studies at the UI. The symposium will take place in March 2006.

Diana Davies, adjunct assistant professor and director of UI International Programs, will organize a conference, "Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: Responding to a National Need" Nov. 4-6 in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus. The conference will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to discuss and share experiences with Languages Across the Curriculum. One of the many goals of the conference is to discuss and explore new ways to bring global content to students, to produce internationally competent graduates, learn about new scholarship and action models, and share innovative ideas with creative thinkers. Stephen Straight, vice provost for undergraduate education and international affairs at Binghamton University, will be the keynote speaker.

Alexander Somek, professor of law, and Roberta Marvin, director of the International Programs Office of Research and Development, will organize a conference, "Europe in Translation," about the re-articulation of European civilization in a global age. Somek and Marvin are also co-directors of the European Studies Group, which will sponsor the conference. The conference also received Art & Humanities Initiative funding. The conference will address many issues associated with translation and redefinition, around four main topics: Europe in Translation, Imagining Europe, The EU: The Sacred and the Secular, and Emerging Empires: Then and Now. The conference is scheduled to take place in March 2006.

For information on the International Programs Major Projects awards, contact Jenna Burns at (319) 335-0368.

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: Jenna Burns, 319-353-0368. Writer: Kent Nguyen