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March 28, 2006

Persistence Of Yugoslav National Sentiment Discussed At April 3 Lecture

Zana Friganovic, a University of Iowa graduate student pursuing an interdisciplinary master's degree in international studies, will discuss "Persistence of Yugoslav National Sentiment" at the April 3 International Mondays lecture from noon to 1 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in meeting room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Refreshments will be served.

The talk will draw from Friganovic's master's thesis, for which she conducted a research project on self-identification of refugees from the former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the summer of 2005, Friganovic conducted interviews with individuals in Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Zagreb (Croatia). Her talk will focus on her fieldwork and research findings.

Friganovic was born and reared in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and lived in Zagreb, Croatia, for several years before coming to the United States. Her research interest in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program evolves around anthropological and cultural theory study of nationalism and self-identification. She is the current graduate assistant for the International Program's Crossing Borders Program, which is an interdisciplinary, cross-area, graduate training program in the social sciences and humanities. Friganovic received her bachelor's degree in political science from Illinois State University and, following her graduation, she worked for The Stanley Foundation in Muscatine, Iowa

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