Amy Bowes, a Study Abroad adviser at the University of Iowa, was lost. It was 2005, and she had just graduated from the UI with a degree in political science. She remembered the Peace Corps building she had seen while interning in Washington, D.C., and decided to volunteer. Six months later, she was teaching high-school English in Lesotho — a country in Africa. Bowes said she now uses her experiences of feeling unsure about travel and her future to relate with students on campus today.
The UI Center for Human Rights sponsors the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize, which honors the fine work of University of Iowa students and the lifetime work of Professor Burns H. Weston of the College of Law. The deadline for the 2013 Weston Essay Prize competition has been extended to December 20, 2013.
The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is hosting two events this week, both free and open to the public. Please join us for “Phonotaxis: Singing the Songs of Interlanguage or 吟歌丽诗 (A Manifesto of Sorts)” and "Chinese in Three Voices” (A reading in English and Chinese).
Public opinion is inevitably linked with political action and political change in 21st century America. But the connection between public opinion and mass political action—or even institutional change—is not limited to the U.S. or Western democracies. On the contrary, it is an increasingly important and influential factor globally. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and an expert panel of guests will discuss the rise of public opinion in China on the next WorldCanvass. The live event takes place on Friday, October 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum. No tickets are required and the public is invited to attend.
Interested in learning Chinese? The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will offer a 5-week elementary Mandarin Chinese class for community members starting Oct. 2. Beginning students will learn pronunciation and tones, basic strokes and character writing, and daily conversational phrases.
The African Studies Program, a unit of UI International Programs, has named Blandina Kaduma Giblin winner of the African Studies Faculty of the Year award. Giblin is a lecturer of Swahili in the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures. The African Studies Program recognizes her “Meritorious service to the African Studies Program as an exemplary Instructor, translator, mentor, and co-director of study abroad programs in Tanzania, East Africa."
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.
Please join the South Asian Studies Program for the following event: "The Envelope of Global Trade: The Intellectual History and Political Economy of Jute in the Bengal Delta, the 1850s to the 1930s”
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at 4:30-6:00 p.m., in 1117 University Capitol Centre
Sydney Johnson, a Des Moines native, was determined to study abroad while at the UI. She chose a small Italian town off the beaten path to hone her language skills. Students who have recently studied abroad, including Johnson, will be on hand to answer questions at the fall Study Abroad Fair Sept. 17.
With the help of funds granted by the Stanley Award for International Research, Julie Reynolds (M.S. candidate in Dental Public Health) headed to Xicotepec, Mexico, for six weeks this summer to conduct original research on children’s tooth decay.
The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host a special forum on the conflict in Syria titled "Intervention in Syria: Law, Ethics, and Policy" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Conference Room 2520D on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre in the Old Capitol Town Center.
Dr. Ajailiu Niumai will present a talk Thursday, Sept. 5 on “Trafficked Survivors and Commoditization of Women’s Bodies: A Study in Andhra Pradesh and Manipur, North East India.” Her presentation will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Chai and snacks will be served.
The public is invited to attend weekly screenings of Indian films this fall beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, and continuing each Tuesday through Dec. 10, with the exception of Thanksgiving week. All screenings will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 109 English Philosophy Building on the UI campus. Screenings are free and open to the public.
Welcome to the 2013-14 academic year! As I do at the beginning of every fall semester, I would like to share a few thoughts on the University’s progress in internationalization, and some specific projects and activities for the coming year.
Quinn Hejlik, a UI junior from Omaha, Neb., recently returned from studying abroad in Prague through the USAC program, which offered him an opportunity to learn Czech without any prior knowledge of the language. Quinn’s adventure began when he started learning Czech a week before his study abroad program. He understood that the Eastern European language would be difficult to learn, but he also knew it would be fascinating.