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Feb. 19, 2007

UI Psychologist To Discuss Ukrainian Roots At Feb. 26 International Mondays

Kathleen Staley, a psychologist at the University of Iowa Counseling Service, will present "The Soviet-American Peace Walk: A Journey To My Roots" at the next International Mondays lecture. She will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Refreshments will be served, and the lecture is free and open to the public.

In 1988, Staley took a five-week job leave to participate in the Soviet-American Peace Walk. Accompanied by her 13-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, Staley walked from Odessa to Kiev in Ukraine. Her odyssey took her to small villages and towns and, in some cases, to places where no American had walked before. The outpouring of human affection from the Ukrainian people and the connection with fellow Soviet walkers changed the lives of the two women from Iowa City.

Staley will share memories from her trip as well as her impressions of a country not well known to many Americans in the 1980s. She will explore the psychological impact of experiencing life "on the other side of the world" and meeting Ukrainian relatives she did not know she had.

Staley currently serves as assistant director of program and consultation services at University Counseling Service. She enjoys working with international students as they experience "culture shock" or culture adaptation, and with students who struggle with re-entry adaptation as they return to their home culture. 

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

For more information on this lecture, the International Mondays 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: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Kate Casper.