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March 19, 2007

Significance Of International Studies Explored At March 26 Panel

In an increasingly globalized world, the popularity of international studies is growing at the University of Iowa and on campuses around the world. But what do educators want international studies majors to learn through their collegiate endeavors?

A panel of educators and professionals will answer this question and many others at the next International Mondays. "So What Do We Really Mean When We Say 'International Studies'?" will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 26, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Refreshments will be served. The lecture is free and open to the public.

"Individuals and professionals working within the realm of international studies often use such terms as global citizenship global competence, international literacy or international awareness as a shorthand for what they hope students will gain from an academic program in international studies," said Diana Davies, director of UI International Programs, who will serve on the panel. "But what is really meant by those ideas and what is expected of students with an internationalized education? These are the questions we will explore during the panel."

Other panelists include P. Barry Butler, dean of the UI College of Engineering,  and Martha Greer, UI international studies coordinator. Mark Salisbury, a doctoral student in student affairs administration and research in the UI College of Education and an investigator for the American Council on Education Internationalization Lab, will serve as discussant. Hilary Anne Frost-Kumpf, a master's candidate in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in international studies, will moderate the panel.

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

For more information on this panel, the International Mondays lecture series or special accommodations to attend this panel, 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: Kelli Andresen.