More University of Iowa students will be saying “ni hao” as the Confucius Institute continues to grow in popularity. Membership and participation in the institute has skyrocketed since its inception eight years ago.
An upcoming UI visit by A. James Arnold, professor emeritus of the University of Virginia, will include two events April 24-25, both free and open to the public. Arnold will present “To ‘Africa’ with Aimé Césaire and Wifredo Lam” and "Les Discours identitaires aux Antilles Françaises (1940-1995).”
Those drawn to the sun and romance of Western Europe form the brunt of the rise in the number of students who study abroad, while Eastern Europe and Asia remain out of reach for many. According to a statistics from University of Iowa International Programs, the number of students who study abroad jumped from 1,084 in 2007-08 to 1,351 in 2011-12, the last year for which numbers are available.
Two University of Iowa faculty members in the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures (DWLLC) have been awarded $75,000 from the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad competition. Irina Kostina, Ph.D., lecturer in Russian, and Anna Kolesnikova, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of Russian language, were selected for their project proposal "Russian Teachers for the 21st Century: Maximizing Teaching Effectiveness by Immersing into Language, Culture and Standard-Based Teaching."