FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              Date: December 6, 2002

       Contact: Sherri Boner, (217) 206-6678


UIS to hold information session on Global Experience Seminars


SPRINGFIELD The Office of International Affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield will hold an information session on Global Experience Seminars to be offered in the summer of 2003 at 7 p.m. Monday, January 6, in the Carnegie Room of Springfield’s Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh Street. Both the information session and the seminars are open to the public.

The Ashikaga Institute of Technology, located in Springfield’s Sister City of Ashikaga, Japan, will host a seminar on Japanese language and culture from June 14 to June 29. Participants will study Japanese language and will experience Japanese flower arranging, calligraphy, martial arts, and cuisine as well as Buddhist meditation and a tea ceremony. Educational field trips will visit the Ashikaga mayor’s office and city hall; the civil engineering department and environmental studies program at AIT; the Kurita porcelain museum; the Ashikaga Gakko, the oldest university in Japan; the Bannaji Buddhist temple; Achilles Corporation; and the Cocoromi Gakuen school and winery. Trips to Tokyo, the Nikko nature preserve and Shinto Temple complex, and Mashiko pottery village are also planned.

A seminar on fine arts valuation will be offered from June 21 to June 30 in conjunction with the Fine Arts Valuation Program at Southampton Institute, Southampton, England. Antique and fine arts appraisal, insider tours of stately homes and historic sites, hands-on workshops, and lectures by experts are some of the highlights of this week-long seminar of study and travel. Using Southampton as a base, participants will go on field trips led by FAV faculty to Winchester, Salisbury, the Isle of Wight, and Oxford.  In Southampton, the seminar will feature a session at the institute’s unique study collection where participants will be able to handle and discuss with the faculty a range of antiques and historic artifacts.

While college credit can be earned through these study-abroad opportunities, you do not have to be a UIS student to participate. Tentative plans for future seminars include water resource management and Brazilian culture.

For more information, contact the UIS Office of International Affairs by phone at (217) 206-6678 or by e-mail at