The University of Iowa has seen a surge in Chinese student enrollment. Just over half of the UI international student population is from China (1,737 students) and numbers have increased dramatically in the past five years.
Humanity’s interaction with its natural environments, our use of the resources we have available to us, and the long-term viability of that use, pose major challenges for the 21st century. The University of Iowa is meeting those challenges on many fronts, from the daily operations of the institution to cutting-edge research that crosses almost all disciplines on our campus.
In recent years, we have seen more and more of the university community getting involved in efforts to improve sustainability practices. To give one example: Green Teams have formed across campus to evaluate and improve the ways that our various buildings handle waste, recycling and energy consumption.
Finley, a member of the University of Iowa Net Impact chapter, will speak at today’s Sustainability Summit in the IMU alongside representatives from Coca-Cola, UPS, and Iowa-based Kum & Go. The summit is part of an all-day sustainability effort on campus, to be followed by a UI International Programs-produced WorldCanvass sustainability history presentation in the Old Capitol.
The European Studies Group spring lecture series continues Thursday, Feb. 16, with Carolyn Eichner’s talk, “’Caves filled with gold’: French Feminist Perspectives on Race, Empire, & the ‘Jewish Question,’ 1860-1914,” at 4 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.
An upcoming one-day conference at the University of Iowa will discuss the challenges workers face in Iowa’s growing low-wage economy. The conference is designed to bring together Iowa immigrant rights advocates, labor union activists, faith leaders, and community service providers to review basic workplace legal protections and discuss ways communities can promote justice for all Iowa workers.
The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) in International Programs will continue its 2011-12 lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater screenings Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a talk on Verdi’s “Ernani” presented by Miriam Gilbert. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D and are free and open to the public.
Abstract: As we approach the 200th anniversary of the massive eruption of the Indonesian volcano Tambora, Gillen Wood’s Tambora Project reconstructs on a global scale the most destructive episode of abrupt climate change in the modern historical record. The volcanic sulfate veil produced by Tambora in the period 1815-18 altered global weather patterns, initiating the first global cholera pandemic, while famine, refugeeism and civil unrest threatened hard-hit nations from China to Western Europe to New England. The Tambora period thus offers a powerful historical illustration of the causal web linking climate change and the fate of human societies, reinforcing for us, in the twenty-first century, how climate destabilization can and is shaping world events.
During the past decade higher education’s interest in internationalization has intensified, and the concept of civic education or engagement has broadened from a national focus to a more global one, thus expanding the concept that civic responsibility extends beyond national borders.
As Schattle (2009)i points out, the concept of global citizenship is not a new one; it can be traced back to ancient Greece. But the concept and the term seem to have new currency and are now widely used in higher education. Many institutions cite global citizenship in their mission statements and/or as an outcome of liberal education and internationalization efforts. Many have “centers for global citizenship” or programs with this label.
In order to provide on-the-ground support for existing and future activities in India, the University of Iowa has partnered with GenNext Education to benefit from office space and staff support at their International Knowledge Center (IKC) in Bangalore, India. The IKC functions as the UI’s India liaison office, providing support in south India and throughout the country for linkages with businesses and educational institutions, study abroad partnerships, service-learning and internship programs, recruitment efforts to bring highly-qualified Indian students to Iowa, and to strengthen connections to friends and alumni.
The European Studies Group spring 2012 lecture series begins Friday, Feb. 3, with Matthew Conn’s talk, “Sex before Fascism: Law, Sexology, and Social Belonging in German-speaking Central Europe, 1750-1940,” at noon in Room 51 of Schaeffer Hall. Three more lectures and a screening will take place throughout the semester and all are free and open to the public.
In this lecture, Conn will explain how our modern understandings of same-sex desires stem from the 18th century German Enlightenment. By analyzing how various experts over two centuries debated the meanings and origins of what scholars would later term “homosexuality,” Conn explores the unintended consequences of their inability to reach consensus.
There’s a lot of fear in our society today. Students who travel learn that fear is for people who don’t get out much. And they learn that the flip side of fear is understanding. Travelers learn to celebrate, rather than fear, the diversity on our planet. Learning in a different culture and place allows us to see our own challenges in sharp contrast, and with more clarity, as we observe smart people in other lands dealing with similar issues.
Some University of Iowa students will delve into the Costa Rican forests during a time other college students choose to party or relax.
The UI Office of Study Abroad will allow students to spend this spring break studying environmental sustainability in and around the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica.
UI civil and environmental engineering Assistant Professor Craig Just said the trip is meant to spur students to be more sustainable in their daily lives after exploring an environment that’s largely been untouched by industrial growth.
The ethnographic research elucidates ways in which young women’s care labor is appropriated by the state temporary employment as “free labor” in South Korea, building upon John Krinsky’s notion of free labor as state orchestrated exploitation of workers. Through experience of school social workers who are hired and laid off by the state-run Education Welfare Priority Project as a window of thinking about gendered free labor, this talk examines the uniqueness of South Korean education and welfare reforms in the context of constructing two kinds of youth subjects through the Project: first, older youth as care givers through unstable labor as school social workers; and second, younger youth as care receiver and psychological objects in the context of attributing their problems to individual and internal issues. Further, tracing recent unionization efforts among the school social workers, this talk attempts to understand the context of why and how care labor is not readily recognized as a source of exploitation among school social workers. The talk will contribute to advancing analytic tools for understanding the intersection of state employment/exploitation and gendered care labor as an emerging labor neoliberal sector.
As a Fulbrighter to India, I knew that I was expected to leave an indelible impact on the villages in which I conducted my research. After collecting considerable data from post-tsunami villages in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, I was finally presented with an opportunity to reciprocate the kindness that the villages had bestowed upon me.
While visiting a home in Paravaipettai, I noticed a shy, yet inquisitive girl peeking at me from a distant room. After calling for her to join the interview, I was confronted with the reason for her reluctance to join the group: the young girl, Sangeeta, was suffering from a severe cleft lip and palate.
In today’s globalized world, more young people are looking for jobs, internships and volunteering opportunities abroad. Student interest has increased in this area at the University of Iowa over the past few years as well.
As one of the University’s strategic initiatives is to increase study abroad and internationalization, International Programs’ Study Abroad office has added a Work, Intern, Volunteer Abroad (WIVA) advisor to assist students who are interested in this sort of experience.