“I wonder if U.S. customs will let me bring one back?” This was the question that kept running through my mind as I stared with awe and googly eyes at the reindeer and their calves all morning. It was finally the moment I had been waiting for, to conduct research in Northern Sweden in a Sámi, reindeer herding community. When I received my first call to attend the tagging of the reindeer calves, I was both nervous and excited. My thoughts were racing. Would they accept me?
As I now prepare for the launch of my debut novel, A Thread of Sky, it’s a bit unnerving to remember that if I hadn’t received a Fulbright grant, my novel might not exist today. Seven years ago, I was facing my last months as an MFA student and struggling to write a story set in China from my sunlit desk in Iowa. When a friend suggested that I apply for a Fulbright, it seemed a far-fetched notion...
An overly excited husband tries to cheer up his wife as they prepare to celebrate Fourth of July in their brand new home – complete with matching American flag T-shirts; but as the Indian-American couple adjust to life in the ‘burbs they are soon exposed to local ignorance and prejudice that threatens to dampen their spirits.
On June 7th, the University’s Alumni Association presented Sandra Barkan, formerly associate dean of the Graduate College, and her late husband, Professor Joel Barkan, with its Distinguished Alumni Award for their contribution to international studies at Iowa. In accepting the award, Sandra explained why she and her husband regarded international studies of such great importance and described the establishment of the University’s Center for International and Comparative Studies, forerunner to today’s International Programs. Following is a summary of her observations.
Cocktail dresses, traditional Swedish drinking songs, and four course dinners are three things I didn’t expect to experience during my semester abroad, but ended up being a highlight of my time in Sweden. Through the thirteen student nations of Uppsala University, I was able to attend Gasques, hang out in pubs with fellow students, and grab lunch at a student discount in one of two universities in all of Sweden that offer these activities and events through student run nations.
Several UI students have received funding to study or conduct research abroad in 2014. In addition to the Fulbright U.S. Student Award winners, UI students have received Critical Language Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and a DAAD Study Scholarship. See below for this year’s winners.
Eight University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2014-15.
Thanks to the support of generous private donors, these UI students were able to study or conduct research abroad in the past year, gaining invaluable experiences and memories that enhanced their education and lives.
Why study Arabic? In this video, Onalee Yousey, a 2013 UI graduate in political science and international studies, talks about her experience in Morocco through the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship Program.
Are you thinking about international research, study, or teaching? Please join us for our upcoming international and Fulbright-related events coming up after spring break!
International Programs reflects on the achievements and outstanding work of women students, staff, and faculty on this campus who are proving every day that "equality for women is progress for all."
In order to increase awareness of several issues related to child protection, Resmiye Oral has organized the 2014 Provost’s Global Forum at the UI, “Child Protection: A Global Responsibility.” The forum will address the global and local impact of child abuse and neglect March 26-28.
Earlier this month, Chile’s soon-to-be president, Michelle Bachelet, selected University of Iowa alum Marcelo Mena-Carrasco to serve as the country’s undersecretary of the environment. His recent efforts to improve the nation’s air quality played a major role in his selection for the post.
At 5 p.m. on March 28 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum, a panel of regional and international experts will join WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer to discuss the global reality of child abuse and neglect, its impact on children and the adults they later become, and interventions that may be appropriate both before and after the abuse occurs. WorldCanvass will be recorded before a live audience and the public is invited to attend.
The University of Iowa Child Protection Program, International Programs, and Provost’s Office invite you to attend multiple activities that will be held in the scope of 2014 Provost’s Global Forum “Child Protection: A Global Responsibility.”