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March 17, 2006

PHOTO: Indian poet and University of Iowa International Programs Writer-in-Residence Mani Rao. Photo courtesy of Tom Langdon.

'How To Appreciate Hindu Deities' Topic Of March 27 International Mondays

Mani Rao, an Indian poet who lives in Hong Kong and who is currently the 2006 UI International Programs Writer-in-Residence, will discuss "How to Appreciate Hindu Deities" at the next International Mondays lecture. This lecture will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 27, in meeting room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Refreshments will be served, and the talk is free and open to the public.

Rao will discuss her perspective on Hindu deities that she developed while growing up in India. She will focus on the creative space she found within the world of Hindu deities.

"It is a space where the real and the unreal are interchangeable, where imagination transcends unreality," Rao said. "It is a space that seems to accommodate everyone from the secular to the fundamentalists to the poets."

Rao is the author of six collections of poetry including "Echolocation." Before returning as the current UI International Programs Writer-In-Residence, she participated in the UI International Writing Program in Fall 2005.

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