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KNOXVILLE – Because of the success of last week’s five noontime programs at the UT International House — where there was standing room only for four of the sessions, and those attending included a broad cross-section of UT students, faculty and staff — the Center for International Education has decided to continue the series on a weekly basis under the general title of “I-House Thursday Seminars.”

All in the series will be brown-bag affairs that take place from 12:00 noon until 1:00 in the I-House Great Room. All will feature presentations, lectures or discussions by UT faculty members, students, or staff (or, on occasion, by off-campus people). All I-House Thursday Seminars will be on international or intercultural topics that are of relevance to events in the news or which help elucidate world situations.

The first program in this extended series will be a talk by Prof. Brian Barber of UT’s Department of Child and Family Studies at noon on Thursday, September 27th. The title of his talk is to be “Youth and Violence: Cases from Sarajevo and Gaza” and stems directly from extensive fieldwork and research that he has conducted in both places.

Future IHTS programs include a talk on religion and violence by Prof. Rosalind Hackett (UT Department of Religious Studies) and also a panel presentation and discussion by UT international students who have themselves grown up in such circumstances in various parts of the world. Other programs are now under discussion with potential presenters.