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Dec. 4, 2007

Solon students to learn about Hinduism in India Dec. 7 through UI program

Eighth-grade language arts students at Solon Middle School will learn about the history and culture of one of the world's oldest religions on Friday, Dec. 7, thanks to a University of Iowa program.

Swapnil Sharma, a UI student from India, will present an in-depth discussion on Hinduism in India to teacher Sue Protheroe's class through the UI International Programs' International Classroom Journey (ICJ). Sharma is pursuing a Master's of Business Administration degree from the UI Tippie College of Business. The presentation will take place from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in Protheroe's classroom.

The ICJ, which is sponsored by UI International Programs, arranges for guest speakers to visit K-12 classrooms and community groups to promote cultural awareness and knowledge of other countries. These guest speakers are trained international students and scholars and U.S. students who have spent time abroad.

For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or, or Mary van Andel, IP outreach assistant, at 319-384-2247 or

University of Iowa 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 UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Buffy Quintero, International Programs, 319-335-0345,; Mary van Andel, International Programs,; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0777,; Writer: Christy B. Logan