Panel probes bigotry against Muslims

Islamophobia is not just a fear. It’s a prejudice. Miriam Amer shared this definition with a crowd in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium on Monday night. Amer, the executive director of the Iowa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, grew up in New Hampshire when the word “Islamophobia” — used to describe the fear of Islam — did not exist. “It’s become a common term,” Amer said. “A very bad term, but a common term.”

Metropolitan Opera Live lecture series continues Nov. 30 with "Don Carlo"

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 Verdi’s “Don Carlo” Tuesday, Nov. 30, 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.

Stanleys receive first International Impact Award

By Drew Davis, The Daily Iowan

Officials said University of Iowa programs and individuals are becoming more active in encouraging students to travel abroad and form a global perspective.

And at a “WorldCanvass” event Nov. 12, Mary Jo and Richard Stanley received the first-ever International Impact Award for helping the UI do just that.

The presentation of the award is the kickoff for this year’s International Education Week celebration.

UI international undergraduate enrollment surges, study abroad continues to grow

International student enrollment at the University of Iowa is growing faster than national trends, especially among undergraduates, and the percentage of UI students studying abroad continues to climb. This is according to data released today by the UI International Student & Scholar Services and the UI Office for Study Abroad in conjunction with the Open Doors Report.

UI hosts panel on Islamophobia tonight

The UI will present “Intolerance and the First Amendment: Islamophobia,” a discussion of Islamophobia, human rights, and religious freedom, at 7 p.m. today in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium. The discussion will include conversations on stereotypes, misunderstandings, and fears that contribute to the rise of Islamophobia and intolerance toward the Islamic community. Panelists will present their views on policy decisions and bans concerning Islam and specific forms of religious expression.

Double Feature Nov. 18 for ‘Slavery in Global Cinema’

The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will feature two films Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.

fyi – Karen Wachsmuth

For Karen Wachsmuth, finding a sense of place in a world bigger than herself was a journey best exemplified by The Odyssey, an epic Greek tale of someone finding his or her way back home. The University of Iowa International Programs outreach coordinator, who was born in New York City, found a place she called home through traveling.

“Traveling makes me appreciate home more, and I think that’s what home is all about: how much more that place means to you,” she says. “I love to travel but I know where my center is.”

UI bookstore offers foreign-language T-shirts

Photos by Karina Schroeder

The T-shirts have only been in stock two weeks, but University Bookstore general manager Richard Shannon said they have been selling well.

These aren’t just ordinary T-shirts. They are T-shirts printed with “The University of Iowa” in the five most commonly spoken foreign languages at Iowa: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Spotlight Iowa City: UI law student interned at World Bank

The hardest thing Rachel Nathanson had to do during her internship last summer was not do hands-on work. Sitting in the World Bank building, interning with the World Bank Inspection Panel, Nathanson did some desk research with internal bank documents, but the “doer” felt conflicted and stifled. A first-year law student, she said, she prefers to be “out in the field.”

Nathanson went to Washington, D.C., on a Harry S. Truman scholarship — 60 such scholarships are available nationwide — over this past summer after completing undergraduate degrees in economics and geography at the University of Iowa. She also earned a minor in Spanish.