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Nov. 7, 2006

International Education Focus Of Nov. 13 International Mondays

"International Education: It's Not Just Children That Will Be Left Behind" is the topic of the Nov. 13 International Mondays lecture presented by Katherine Gockel, a program officer of the Stanley Foundation. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

Gockel's lecture is presented in conjunctions with International Education Week, Nov. 13-17, presented by the UI International Programs, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It will be the final lecture in the fall 2006 International Mondays series. The series will resume in February 2007.

According to Gockel, U.S. democratic philosophy is based upon a knowledgeable public. Today more than ever, she said, this requires an understanding of globalization and how other countries' interests impact the success of American domestic and foreign policies.

Gockel noted that American citizens may think that foreign policy is an area addressed only through formal government channels. Nevertheless, she believes that the private sector -- business, nongovernmental organizations and individual citizens -- has an important role to play in shaping and supporting government policies and international attitudes. In her lecture, she will discuss that subject and explore whether people have the knowledge to play these roles effectively, and if not, why and what can be done to change this.

Gockel works as a program officer in the policy analysis and dialogue department of the Stanley Foundation. She focuses on Middle East policy and leads the policy outreach efforts in her department. She earned her master's degree in global studies from the University of Denver, where she focused on human security and economic development, co-founded the Denver Chapter of Women in International Security and consulted with the Center for Teaching International Relations.

More information on the Stanley Foundation is available at

UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Support Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library are sponsoring this International Mondays lecture.

For more information on this lecture, the International Mondays lecture series or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or

The Spring 2007 International Mondays lecture series schedule will be posted online as soon as it is available at

International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university Constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Erin Vaughn