Iraqi students enjoy first semester at Iowa

Diane Heldt, Iowa Higher Education

IOWA CITY — The snow, they like. The sometimes bitterly cold winter temperatures, not so much.

Five students from Iraq finished their first semester at the University of Iowa this fall, as part of the Iraqi Education Initiative, a program in which a handful of colleges and universities around the country are participating.

Out of Africa

Rebecca Arnold was enjoying her life in Chicago with a budding career in the publishing industry when she felt an itch. Her city life was exciting, but her career was missing something. “It wasn’t lighting any fires,” she says. “I was at a point in my life when I wanted to add value to the world.”

Not long after, Arnold was feeling a different kind of itch as a Peace Corps volunteer maneuvering through the Spiny Desert, a region in Madagascar famous for its thorny, elaborate plants that she describes as reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss book.

Bad weather in Europe delays students’ flights

By Regina Zilbermints, Des Moines Register

Eric Scott spent 46 hours in airports or on airplanes.

The 20-year-old was trying to get home to Adel from a semester in London when weather forced airlines all over Europe to delay and cancel flights.

“I had to sleep in line so I could leave the next morning,” Scott said. “I slept on the linoleum with hundreds of people surrounding me.”

And Scott, a Central College student who made it back to Adel on Saturday, may be one of the lucky ones.

Holidays get international

Gifts, trees and Santa Claus — most, if not all, children across the country know about holiday traditions in America.

But what about other countries across the globe?

Seventh-grade students at North Central Junior High in North Liberty got a lesson in holiday celebrations in other countries Monday, courtesy of several University of Iowa students. A half dozen UI students gave presentations on holidays in their home countries, which included Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, China and Malaysia.

UI Professor Gives Lecture on ‘American Opera’

The Opera Studies Forum is part of UI International Programs.

By Alyssa Marie Harn, The Daily Iowan

A woman takes the stage dressed in leather boots, a button-up blouse, and a cowgirl hat, riding a live horse. Staples of the Wild West surround Minnie, the cowgirl, as she rides around the stage and belts out her Italian lyrics in the opera La Fanciulla del West.

Spotlight: Graduating senior has eyes on Africa

By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan

As a child, Courtney Hageman became used to her father’s monthly work trips.

During her freshman year of high school, the eye specialist took Courtney with him to Europe. While her father gave lectures about macular degeneration, a disease that causes blindness, the then 14-year-old explored tiny Italian villages near the Mediterranean Sea.

Opera forum to feature Kim Marra

From the Iowa City Press-Citizen .

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater screenings with a talk on Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” on Wednesday, presented by Kim Marra. All lectures are at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre Conference Seminar Room, Room 2520D, and are free and open to the public.

Marra is a professor of American studies and theater arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Foreign language study should start at earlier age

CIA Chief Leon Panetta, Federal Officials Urge Scholars To Help Improve Foreign Language Learning in U.S.

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — In order to make the United States more globally competitive and secure from foreign attacks, the nation must radically transform the way it teaches foreign language.

‘WorldCanvass’ to be at 5 today

Guests at the next “WorldCanvass” program will compare and contrast the idealized European view of the American West of the 19th century with the reality as American Indians knew it. “The American West of the Imagination” program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol. The event is free and open to the public.