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Oct. 5, 2007

Program about 2008 Beijing Olympics set for Oct. 21 in Davenport

As part of its Lifelong Learning Series, the University of Iowa Alumni Association will host a presentation about the 2008 Olympics in Beijing at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the River Center, 136 E. Third St. in Davenport.

This presentation, titled "China's Olympics: Iowa's Educational Opportunity," is sponsored by the UI Alumni Association in collaboration with International Programs, The Confucius Institute at the UI, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The presentation is free and open to the public.

A reception begins at 2 p.m. before the program. Participants should RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 18 to the UI Alumni Association online at or by calling 800-469-2586.

In this program, Judy Polumbaum, a professor in the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will offer ideas and information about the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She will describe a UI program that will prepare students for media volunteer positions at the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Polumbaum recently traveled to China to coordinate an agreement between the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, Tsinghua University and the UI to help ensure that the students get positions as volunteers.

She will also share her observations on China's dramatic changes over the past three decades, and discuss Iowa-China cultural and educational exchanges and their role in enhancing global understanding.

Polumbaum joined the UI faculty in 1989 and is the director of the Center for Chinese Language and Culture at the UI's Confucius Institute. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in East Asian studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia University, and a doctorate in communication from Stanford University. She has contributed to numerous publications including the Des Moines Register, China Exchange News and Iowa City Magazine.

The Oct. 21 event is part of the Lifelong Learning series sponsored by the UI Alumni Association and developed in partnership with UI colleges and departments. The series features UI faculty and staff who share their expertise with alumni and friends of the university at events held in cities across Iowa. Visit the UI Alumni Association online at

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: UI Alumni Association, 800-469-2586; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, Writer: Stacie Carpenter