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Jan. 31, 2007

Author Speaks About 'Delaying The Real World' At Feb. 5 International Mondays

Colleen Kinder, University of Iowa student and award-winning writer and adventure enthusiast, will discuss "Delaying the Real World" at the next International Mondays lecture. She will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Light refreshments will be served, and the lecture is free and open to the public.

Kinder will give advice for the young and young-at-heart on how to postpone the office environment. During her presentation, she will share stories from world adventurers ranging from forest fighters in Utah to journalists in Cambodia, cruise ship dancers to cross-country bikers. Those attending will learn about life down the road less traveled, and how her time in Havana, Cuba, was influential.

Kinder is a UI graduate student in the nonfiction writing program, and she holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University. She delayed the real world while living in Cuba, exploring Latin America and volunteering with the elderly. Her book, "Delaying the Real World: A Twentysomething's Guide to Seeking Adventure," was published by Running Press Book Publishers in 2005.

According to the New York Times, "Ms. Kinder is the author of what is becoming a 'must-read' on college campuses."

For those in search of funding to make their adventures a reality, find out about Delay the Real World Fellowship, a grant for twentysomethings to embark on their own bold, exhilarating and fulfilling adventure. See for more details.

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 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: Kate Casper.