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March 9, 2006

Women, International Education Focus Of March 20 Lecture

Diana Davies, director of University of Iowa International Programs and an adjunct professor in International Studies, will discuss "Women and International Education" at the next International Mondays lecture, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 20, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Refreshments will be served, and the lecture is free and open to the public.

Davies will investigate possible reasons behind the two-to-one female to male gender ratio that exists throughout all parts of international education -- from foreign language classrooms to study abroad and international studies programs, to the professional field of international education itself. The ratio has persisted over decades, throughout the United States, and across categories of class and race.

"While women are underrepresented in leadership positions in the military, industry and technology, it is men who are underrepresented in university-level foreign language courses and study abroad programs," said Davies. "What does this mean for the future of international education?"

For her lecture, Davies will discuss the possibility of balancing this disparity by bringing more women into the fields where they are underrepresented, like science and engineering, while increasing exposure of male students to international and cross-cultural educational issues.    

Davies, who is a member of the Women's Resource and Action Center Advisory Board, maintains a strong interest in issues of gender and diversity in international education. She has been director of International Programs since 2000. Davies earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Rochester in New York in 1995. Her area of expertise is Russian and East European Studies.

For more information on the lecture, the International Mondays series or special accommodations to attend the lecture, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Iowa City Public Library and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually held from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday  throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks.

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 the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Center One, Suite 371, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433,; Writer: Katie Chelminski