By Diane Heldt, The Gazette
Photo by Brian Ray.
By Diane Heldt, The Gazette
Check out this video to see highlights from the 2008-09 Brazilian Carnival: Music and Dance winter program, offered through Study Abroad.
International Programs’ Confucius Institute at The University of Iowa will continue to offer Mandarin Chinese classes to community members and families starting Sept. 1.
I am firmly convinced that all students should have foreign opportunities whether in high school, university, or law school. Many universities have increased or are actively trying to augment their students going abroad. On the law school level, this could be done by encouraging folks to go after their first year summer, or during intercessions, spring break, entire semesters or a full year.
Alexandra Keenan was named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team. Twenty students were chosen out of hundreds for first-team status, each receiving a $2,500 cash award. The article notes that the members of the 2010 team are “true global citizens,” and Keenan is no exception.
She helped lead a team of students who designed a handheld water sanitizer, a project that was awarded an EPA sustainable design grant and was named one of Discover Magazine‘s “10 Everyday Technologies That Can Change the World.” She studied non-governmental organizations in India and then advocated for cervical cancer screening at a hospital in Madurai, which has since implemented a community-based screening program. She managed the daily care of 12 HIV-positive children at an orphanage in Tonal, Mexico, and helped develop a diagnostic technique for a deadly parasitic disease and then taught it to scientists at a university in India. She is a Goldwater Scholar and was named one of Glamour magazine’s “Top 10 College Women” in 2009.
Innovation is not a new concept for The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP). In operation since 1969, this project has turned into the nation’s premier center for creative writing and has contributed toward transforming the UI into a writing university.
Most recently, IWP has begun a new innovative tradition in the “New Symposium,” which met for three years on the island of Paros (Greece). IWP hosted a comparable gathering of writers and artists in Morocco from April 28, 2009 – May 5, 2009, in the form of a Souk Ukaz —a regional tradition of intellectual and artistic exchange.
With a law on the anvil to allow operation of foreign education providers in India, a top consortium of research institutions from the US has evinced interest in collaborating with Indian universities.
A delegation of Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which represents America’s top universities, visited India this week and met HRD minister Kapil Sibal to discuss areas of collaboration and institutional linkages.
The inaugural lecture in Latin American Studies to honor Charles A. Hale will be held Thursday, March 4, 2010, when the topic is “"The Paradoxes of Truth: Reckoning with Pinochet and the Memory Question in Chile and World Culture, 1989-2006." The lecture is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and the Department of History and will be presented by Steve J. Stern.
Please join us at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol for the next WorldCanvass program, this time focusing on Asia.
We’ll learn about the ancient art of Japanese papermaking from Timothy Barrett, research scientist at the UI Center for the Book. Barrett is a 2009 MacArthur Award-winner and has spent years researching the art of papermaking.
A new course has been developed for Spring 2010, (008:164) entitled “Topics in Transnational Literature: Journeys Across Cultures in African and Caribbean Literature and Film.” In this class, Professor Marie Kruger will explore many kinds of journeys through film and literature.
The annual Open Doors Report is published today by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The report shows that international student enrollment at the University of Iowa continues to grow in line with national trends, but is substantially ahead in areas such as international undergraduate student enrollment. While international student enrollment grew by 8% nationally, at the University of Iowa we saw an increase of 10.5% last fall, with an impressive increase of about 40% at the undergraduate level.
Thousands of UI students can struggle when trying to pick out a major. That includes senior Abby Milloy, who felt that there might be something missing from the UI’s. So she created her own.
Nine students from The University of Iowa ‘s College of Pharmacy were among 17 UI students who got to literally step into their subject matter and make a difference. Students learned how to partner with nonprofit organizations and local communities to address health care, social services, and environmental quality needs in less developed countries. After spending the semester planning service projects, the students traveled as part of a project team to Xicotepec, Mexico for a week in the spring of 2009.