Across the United States, the growing presence of students and scholars from East, Southeast, and South Asia has become an important feature of the academic landscape. A logical outcome of our shrinking world, heralded as promoting values of diversity, tolerance, and global understanding, this trend that greatly enriches our intellectual and social environment also has created new challenges. An upcoming workshop at the UI will bring together 50 Chinese and U.S. undergraduate students to address key issues arising in this changing educational environment and produce recommendations for the campus community.
The fifth-annual European Studies Conference at the University of Iowa “Bridging European Divides” will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, 2013, in 315 Phillips Hall. This year’s open title suggests that the conference will feature diverse perspectives from many areas of scholarship in a range of disciplines on any topic, time period, situation or concept that may have bearing on modern Europe.
On the next WorldCanvass, host Joan Kjaer and her guests will discuss teaching innovation with a focus on creative and high-impact ways teachers are engaging the minds of University of Iowa students, contributing to both student academic success and faculty professional development. The live event takes place on Friday, December 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum.
University of Iowa alumnus Michael Lynch was knocking out Spanish lyrics as if they were second nature during his recent blind audition on NBC’s The Voice. Lynch, who joined Christina Aguilera’s team for the competition, credits his study abroad experiences with polishing his Spanish skills.
“The Rise of Public Opinion in China,” an upcoming international conference at the UI, will bring together leading scholars and distinguished guest speakers Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2013, on the University of Iowa campus.
The fourth-annual Charles A. Hale Lecture in Latin American Studies will explore “Public Festivals and Performative Feasts: Aztecs and Allegory in Colonial Mexico.” The lecture will be given by Rolena Adorno on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. in 2520D, University Capitol Centre.
Come enjoy a night of North Indian Classical music when Niche Entertainment presents a free concert, “Bhairav se Bhairavi,” on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, from 7-10 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall on the lower level of the Old Capitol Mall. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and community members are invited to attend.
Ron McMullen, a UI alumnus and Iowa native, spent more than 30 years as a diplomat and ambassador, dodging bullets and negotiating delicate deals. He has lived, worked, or traveled in 91 countries, and his experiences are as diverse as the countries where he’s lived. He's met kings and presidents, but has also worked with poor indigenous communities, interviewed thousands of visa applicants, and worked with colleagues in embassies around the world.
For almost two centuries, scholars have tried to clarify the relations between two language varieties commonly referred to as “Hindi” and “Urdu,” sometimes lumped together under the hyphenated rubric of “Hindi-Urdu.” Michael Shapiro of the University of Washington, Seattle, will present “So How Many Languages Are Hindi-Urdu Anyway?" on Friday, May 3, 2013.
The Turkish Student Association (TSA) at the University of Iowa presents the Honorable Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Chicago, for a talk Monday, April 29, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the IMU. Yildiz will be speaking about Turkish foreign policy in a changing world. The event is free and open to the public.
Our bodies do more than house our organs. They carry our genetic makeup, they grow and develop through decades of change, and they figure prominently in that mysterious complex of emotions, perceptions, and insights we call identity. Our bodies provide a template for personal expression and for decorative enhancements, and they can bounce back from grievous assaults and degradations. But what if we don’t feel comfortable in our own skins? WorldCanvass will investigate these questions and more when the topic is “Remaking the Body: Identity and Body Modification.”
As the end of the semester nears, come enjoy a late-afternoon concert of haunting Sufi melodies from the Indian Desert. This free concert is open to the public and will be held Friday, April 26, from 4-6 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Chai and Indian snacks will be served.
Julio César Pérez Hernández, one of the leading architects in Cuba today, will present “Havana: The Magic of Architecture and the Poetry of Design” on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Phillips Hall, Room 315. This talk is free and open to the public.
The UI South Asian Studies Program will welcome Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut, for a guest lecture on “Racialized transnationalism in the 21st century: Lessons from the experiences of South Asian Americans.” The presentation will be held Friday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.
Iowa Literaria, the electronic journal of the Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing program at the University of Iowa, is online as of Tuesday, Feb. 26. Created with the support of the UI’s Digital Studio for Public Humanities, it has been designed as a space to reflect on the art of creativity, to approach the complexities and challenges of creative writing, and to publish a variety of literary pieces.
The inaugural issue contains a dossier on the great Chilean poet Óscar Hahn, who just received the National Prize on Literature of Chile, the most prestigious literary award in that country. Hahn was professor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese here at the university for more than 30 years. He is now retired.