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Sept. 25, 2005

'Understanding America(ns) For Beginners' Lecture Is Oct. 2

Pawel Jedrzejko, a scholar from Poland, will give the next International Mondays lecture, "Understanding America(ns) for Beginners: What is the Devil For?" from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 2 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Jedrzejko's talk will focus on why Polish students find it difficult to comprehend the significance of Puritanism in American cultural history. Students will learn to demonstrate the genuine character of cross-cultural understanding and the necessity to develop positions of openness and critical self-consciousness with respect to what conditions the interpretation of biblical texts.

Jedrzejko is an assistant professor of English and postcolonial studies in the Institute of British and American Culture and Literature at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. He teaches American literature and tutors master's degree and bachelor's degree seminars. He also tutors a course on Herman Melville's Thought at Grinnell College in Iowa. His research interests revolve around 19th century American literature and post-structural re-readings of American Renaissance. His visit is co-sponsored by the UI International Forum for U.S. Studies.

UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Support Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library sponsor 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

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