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April 10, 2006

IFUSS Symposium To Discuss America In The World April 21-23

Scholars from around the world will gather on the University of Iowa campus April 21-23 to discuss the role of "America" as idea, political entity and cultural imaginary in the world during "'America' in the World: Discourses of 'Americanization' and 'anti-Americanism': Symposium II." The International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS) will present the follow-up symposium to last year's successful event.

"There was so much excitement following our first symposium on this theme last year, that we are holding a 'Part II' to explore these issues in other regions and parts of the world. A terrific line-up of scholars is coming, and we expect very lively discussion and debate," said Jane Desmond, IFUSS co-director, symposium organizer and associate dean of International Programs. Desmond is also an associate professor in the UI Department of American Studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and International Studies.

During the event, scholars and specialists on the United States will present research on the image of America in the world. Topics range from the makeup of ideologies relying on an "America," to the global consumption of American products. Whether the object of study is music, transnational cultural and economic flows, political movements or international security, experts explore the relationship between the weight or America as an actual and symbolic site and regions elsewhere.

The opening event will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, in Schaeffer Hall 140. Ian Condry of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present "Hip-Hop, Japan and Americanization: Samurai Rappers on 9/11, the Iraq War and Global Culture."

On Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, the symposium will be broken up into five sessions: "'Americanism' and 'Anti-Americanism' in Europe," "Foreign Policy as a Domestic Issue: Egypt, Mexico and the U.S.," "Puerto Rican Politics and the Issue of the U.S.," "Challenges and Possibilities for Developing New Transnational Studies of the U.S." and "Consuming 'Americanism.'" Sessions will include, speakers from around the world, roundtables and opportunities for discussion.

The "'America' In the World" Symposium is sponsored by International Programs at the UI. For a complete schedule of events, visit

The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these lectures, please contact Danielle Rich and Gyorgy Toth at 319-335-2476 or

Founded in 1995 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Forum on U.S. Studies sponsors research residencies, faculty seminars, colloquium series, international conferences, guest teaching opportunities for distinguished scholars from outside the United States and institutional linkages.

IFUSS is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and 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: Danielle Rich and Gyorgy Toth, 319-335-2476,; Writer: Kelli Andresen