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June 26, 2006

International Programs Awards Major Projects Grants To UI Faculty

University of Iowa International Programs has awarded Major Projects Grants to three UI faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). The $10,000 awards provide faculty members with funding for various collaborative research projects, conferences and symposia related to international topics.

The Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization makes these awards possible.

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

Daniel Balderston, director of the UI Borges Center and a professor in the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese who specializes in Latin American literatures and critical theory, will organize a series of events that will focus on the impact of Jorge Luis Borges. He was one of the most influential Latin American writers of the 20th century, and his ideas about the interrelations in global culture, including relations between literature and non-literary media. The events will take place April 11-15, 2007 and will include presentations by Argentine filmmaker and writer Eduardo Cozarinsky, film critic David Oubiña, novelist and critic Sylvia Molloy, critic Julio Premat and others. The project will include a film series that will show a number of the films based on or inspired by Borges texts; an exhibit that will showcase first editions of Borges and other rare Borges materials and artists' books and installations that grow out of Borges's reflections on the book as cultural icon; and talks by leading Borges scholars.

Corey Creekmur, associate professor of English and cinema and comparative literature and director of the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture, will organize "Imagining Asia: New Approaches to Asian Cinemas." The project will unfold as a yearlong series of four weekend events, two each semester, examining the current cinema and research on film in China, Japan, Korea and India. Each weekend event will feature the public screening of at least one major Asian film along with a presentation by a prominent scholar. The series as a whole will allow local audiences to consider four major Asian cinemas in terms of their national, regional and global popularity and cultural significance.

Paul Greenough, director of the UI Global Health Studies Program and professor of history and community and behavioral health, will organize a conference Oct. 20-22, 2006 that will explore the place of health services and disaster relief as instruments of diplomacy and international politics. Four major themes will be examined during the conference: war and conflict as "disease vectors," i.e. as accelerators of health crises; the responses by health and relief agencies to natural disasters; the mutual reinforcement that occurs among infectious disease pandemics, public health crises and incautious foreign policy; and future prospects for health and relief services as an important dimension of global peace. The conference will also address when and how healthcare and international politics are linked and how health care providers can serve as diplomats and peacemakers.

IP Associate Dean Jane Desmond administers the IP Major Projects Awards. For information on these awards visit: or contact Jenna Burns at 319-335-0368. UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, 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 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: Jenna Burns, 319-335-0368; Writer: Kelli Andresen