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April 27, 2007

Stanley International Programs-Obermann Center Colloquium Set For May 1

Three recent Stanley International Programs-Obermann Center Fellows will discuss their work in a colloquium from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

The speakers and their areas of interest are:

* Denise Filios, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and a fall 2006 fellow, is studying legends about the Muslim invasion of Spain, focusing on the "treacherous" Count Julian and the heroic Berber general Tariq ibn Ziyad.

* Mark Sidel, a professor in the College of Law and International Programs and a fall 2006 fellow and current faculty scholar, has spent his year at the Obermann Center focusing on international human trafficking and involuntary servitude, and on the impact of post-Sept. 11 anti-terrorism law and policy on the nonprofit sector in the United States and other countries.

* Eric Gidal, associate professor of English in the CLAS and a spring 2006 fellow, has been working on a book, "Civic Melancholy: Sorrow and Society in the Eighteenth Century," exploring the connections between melancholy and social theory during the European Enlightenment.

Stanley International Programs-Obermann Center Fellows are awarded to UI scholars in residence at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies whose primary work at the Center has a strong international emphasis. Fellows receive research funds intended to help build and internationalize the scholarly community at the Obermann Center, and encourage bridges of scholarship and international engagement with International Programs (IP). The award was established in 2004 with the generous support of the Stanley UI Foundation Support Organization and the C. Esco and Avalon L. Obermann Endowment.

"This colloquium will enable the larger IP and Obermann Center communities, as well as others on campus and in the community, to hear about these scholars' work in an informal setting," said Jay Semel, director of the Obermann Center.

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies is dedicated to scholarship and intellectual exchange. Some Obermann Scholars work independently, stimulated by uninterrupted blocks of time and by informal conversation. Others work in close collaboration. Obermann Scholars have published numerous scholarly books and articles and have been awarded many external research grants and fellowships for projects begun at the center.

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: Jenna Burns, International Programs, 319-335-0368,; Jennifer New, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, 319-335-4034,; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070, Writer: Jennifer New.