UI, U.S. Colleges More Accessible to Indian Students

U.S. colleges are seeing an influx of students from India due to the highly competitive atmosphere in Indian education.

At the University of Iowa, the Indian population has remained the third-largest international student group on campus for more than 10 years because of that.

Freshman Alisha Lal said she chose the UI because the pre-medicine programs in India are too tough

Signs, Streets, and Democratic Spaces in Urban India is topic of Oct. 27 lecture

Ken Botnick has been printing and publishing works in limited edition for over 25 years, first as co-proprietor of Red Ozier Press in New York, and today under the imprint emdash in St Louis. His work is found in rare book collections around the world, including The Getty Center for Humanities, The Library of Congress, The Newberry Library, the Yale Arts of the Book Collection, libraries at Smith, Harvard, Wellesley and notable private collections. Botnick’s design work has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts for its “50 Books/50 Covers” exhibit ( 2008), and by the American Association of University Presses. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in 2006 to support his residency at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, and at other leading Indian design institutes. His two primary research areas are in visual perception and, in India, the role of craft practice as a component of design thinking. He is Professor of Art at Washington University in St Louis where he directs the Kranzberg Book Studio.

Epic poem 'Espejo de paciencia' is topic of UI lecture Oct. 27

Raúl Marrero Fente, an associate professor of Spanish and law at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture on Silvestre de Balboa’s epic poem “Espejo de paciencia” Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Room 315, Phillips Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

In particular, Marrero Fente’s presentation will address ecopoetics as a site of transatlantic exchange between Spain and Cuba.

Students explore world cultures through Global Village

Scotland, Australia, Singapore, Japan and Brazil were some of the countries that were presented at the Global Village open house on Oct. 16, 2011.

Plenty of multicultural fun was had as students living in the Global Village set up multiple booths around the 8th floor of Mayflower, each one showcasing a different country. Each booth had samples of food from the chosen country along with other cultural artifacts.

Workshop, Conversation, and Performance to Feature AnDa Union Oct. 27-28

Members of the public can learn about the history of Mongolian folk music group AnDa Union, as well as learn their unique guttural throat singing technique, during two free events Oct. 27 and 28 sponsored by International Programs.

The Confucius Institute will host an interactive throat singing workshop Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. Members of AnDa Union will lead workshop participants through the traditional techniques that define their musical style.

Screening of 'abUSed: the Postville Raid' to be held Oct. 27 at the UI

A free public screening of the documentary “abUSed: the Postville Raid” will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building. The film recounts the Postville, Iowa, raid of Agriprocessors, Inc., one of the largest, most expensive, and most brutal immigration raids in the history of the United States.

Global Village open house lets students experience other cultures

University of Iowa freshman Charlene Woolson had no trouble deciding which country to showcase during the Global Village open house in Mayflower residence hall Sunday night.

“I love everything that is Japanese culture,” said Woolson, 18. “I love Japan, and I’ve been there. It makes the choice a little easier.”

What was harder was explaining the Japanese dish Woolson made for the open house. Her dish, strawberry daifuku was strawberries covered in sweet red bean paste, which is in turn covered in mochi — a dough made with rice flour and sugar.

Caucasus region explored at WorldCanvass Studio and UI conference Oct. 27-28

WorldCanvass Studio host Joan Kjaer will join in conversation with organizers of the conference Oct. 27 from 5-6 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The program will be recorded by UITV for later distribution over Iowa cable television, Iowa Public Radio, and through an iTunes podcast. Learn more about this program.

‘Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema’ continues with ‘Harmful Insect’ Oct. 21

The “Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” film series continues Friday, Oct. 21, with a screening of “Harmful Insect” at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public.

This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. Additional screenings include “Yunagi City Sakura Country” on Oct. 28 and “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4, both at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.

Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema

“Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” is the theme of a new film series at the University of Iowa, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a screening of “One Million Yen Girl” at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public.

This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. Additional screenings include “Harmful Insect” on Oct. 21, “Yunagi City Sakura Country” on Oct. 28, and “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4, all at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.

Metropolitan Opera UI lecture series continues Oct. 20 with 'Don Giovanni'

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its 2011-12 lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater screenings with a talk on Don Giovanni, Thursday, Oct. 20, presented by Shari Rhoads. 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.

Int’l recruitment costs UI $130K per year

The University of Iowa is spending thousands to recruit students from other countries. But compared to the money those students bring to the local economy, that sum is tiny.

The UI spends roughly $130,000 a year sending representatives to visit schools and attend recruitment fairs all over the globe, said Downing Thomas, the dean of International Programs. Recruiters travel to roughly 20 countries.

OSF lecture Oct. 27 on Peri's 'Euridice' opens UI Re-Creation conference

In advance of the UI Martha Ellen Tye Opera Theater’s production of Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, the Opera Studies Forum, a part of International Programs, is sponsoring a talk titled “Orpheus and the Origins of Opera: Looking Back at Peri’s Euridice” on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre, presented by Wendy Heller. This event is free and open to the public.

Traditional Mongolian group AnDa Union will share their music and culture on October 28 WorldCanvass Studio

Want to experience something fantastic, even otherworldly?

Can you imagine standing on the grasslands of Mongolia and listening to the ancient art of throat-singing?

Most likely, you’ve never heard anything like it, and you’ll never forget it if you join us for a live performance and discussion with AnDa Union on Oct. 28. The music and conversation start at noon in room 2780, University Capitol Centre. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.