Van Allen celebrates International Day on Monday

Van Allen Elementary students got to try something different Monday — dancing to Afro-Cuban beats. “It’s cool and different,” said Austin Carter, 8, a third-grader. Van Allen had a school-wide assembly with special guests, the University of Iowa Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble, as part of the first annual International Day. The purpose was to expose students to dances, games, art projects and other traditional customs of a variety of cultures.

Metropolitan Opera Live lecture series continues Dec. 15 with "La fanciulla del West"

The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre screenings with a talk on Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” Wednesday, Dec. 15, presented by Kim Marra. 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.

LASP Amazon Week includes three events

The UI Latin American Studies Program is sponsoring three events as part of Amazon Week:

Wednesday, Dec. 1
What: Film Screening and discussion with director: “Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration,” directed by Laura R. Graham, David Hernández Palmar and Caimi Waiassé, (2009).
When: 7 p.m.
Where: 1505 Seamans

Part of the UI Center for Human Rights “Careers for Change” series

UI Students Find Ways to Study Abroad Despite Economy

By Nina Earnest, The Daily Iowan

Despite harsh economic times, University of Iowa students are continuing to find the means to study overseas.

Nationwide, the number of students who studied abroad for credit dropped slightly in 2008-09—the first time such a decrease has occurred since the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange first released numbers 25 years ago.

International Studies students places 2nd in Hearst competition

Nina Earnest is an International Studies B.A. candidate.

Daily Iowan reporter Nina Earnest has been awarded second place in the 2010 Hearst Foundation feature-writing contest.

She was recognized for her work on an article “Education on hyper drive,” published Oct. 28, which told the story of four gifted siblings between the ages of 10 and 16 enrolled at the University of Iowa.

Earnest spent six weeks meeting with the eldest sibling, Gohar Manzar — a first-year biomedical-engineering doctoral student — and her family.

Spotlight: Overcoming obstacles to earn an education

This spotlight from The Daily Iowan features Evelyn Cardenas, a UI student working toward degrees in business administration and international studies. Originally from Guatemala, Cardenas has studied in Japan, traveled to Mexico and participated in a Haiti relief fundraiser, among many other community service projects.

By Amy Tiffany, The Daily Iowan

UI Student Wins Study Abroad Award

By Brian Morelli, The Iowa City Press-Citizen

A semester studying abroad turned into much more for a University of Iowa student who received a 2010 award recognizing academic accomplishments while studying overseas.

Lauren Sieben, 21, a UI senior from Naperville, Ill., traveled to Philadelphia to accept the Council on International Educational Exchange 2010 Student Recognition Award earlier this month. She was nominated for an article she wrote about a controversial class required in Spain’s school system during her time studying in Seville, a city in southern Spain.