In one of his two trips to South Africa, Brian Buh ate a stew of cow intestines and liver to not be rude – despite being a vegetarian. While in Bolivia, he biked down Yungas Road, later named by the UN as the “world’s most dangerous road” because of its average yearly fatalities. He has been living in Chile since August, 2010, taking classes at the Universidad Nacional Andres Bello as part of the USAC program. In May he will graduate from the UI with degrees in Religious Studies, Political Science, and International Studies, as well as with a minor in Spanish.
The following editorial appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Iowa has much to be proud of in terms of its history of civil rights for gays and lesbians.
» Not only because the Iowa Legislature and governor in 2007 added sexual orientation and gender identity of the list of protected categories in the state’s civil rights code.
» Not only because the Iowa Supreme Court in 2009 unanimously recognized that gay and lesbian Iowans have as much right to marry their partners as heterosexual Iowans do.
By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan
Dinner-table conversations at the Kjaer house centered around politics and ideas. Growing up near her Danish grandparents and a father who taught world history, life for Joan Kjaer revolved around diverse cultures.
“I never thought the world was a scary place,” she said. “I just wanted to know more.”
An upcoming conference funded by a University of Iowa International Programs Major Project grant will look closely at the status of women in Russia and Eastern Europe in the years since the collapse of the Soviet era.
The following commentary for the Des Moines Register was written by Michael and Diane Sondergard after they visited their son, Jeffrey, a UI student studying abroad in Pau, France. Photo by Michael and Diane Sondergard.
The following commentary was written by UI alumnus Dr. Ali A. Soliman. He is the former senior undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy and International Cooperation in Cairo. He and his wife, also a UI graduate, live in Egypt.
Finally we can breathe fresh air! Egypt is now free. A band of young people were able to topple a fossilized and brutal regime. Despite controlling all sources of power in the country, it collapsed in a matter of days.
The following article by a UI student appeared in Pink Pangea, an online community for women travelers.
By Laura Wonderlin
The following opinion piece by Ahmed E. Souaiaia appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Souaiaia is a UI associate professor in International Programs, Religious Studies and the College of Law.
Three Thursdays ago, I made a bet with one of my students in front of all his classmates: Hosni Mubarak would be out of power in less than 30 days.
Today, I know that I will be eating my pizza soon.
I have been going to Egypt on a regular basis since 1985. I’m often accompanied by my students from the University of Iowa College of Law, and we’ve visited the courts, parliament and universities, meeting with lawyers, judges and law professors and learning about the legal and political system there. We have also met students, merchants, security men, university officials, and, especially, tourist guides, learning even more about the country and building relationships that endure to this day.
How did a German Jewish cabaret performer escape the Nazis to become a world-famous artist, feminist and activist?
And why did her estate give her works and papers to the University of Iowa?
Learn the answers to these questions and more by visiting a new UIMA exhibition, Lil Picard and Counterculture New York, and by attending or listening in to the next WorldCanvass program at 5 p.m. Friday in the Old Capitol Museum.
During the first day of class, I asked students enrolled in my survey course on the Islamic civilization to think of an important event from around the world. The first student to speak pointed out the return of a dictator to Haiti. The second student said that China flying its first Stealth airplane was a very significant event. Three other students spoke, pointing out various events, before a student mentioned the ongoing Tunisian revolution.
I asked how many students had even a vague idea about what has happened in Tunisia since Dec. 18, 2010; around 10 percent of them raised their hands.
By Downing Thomas
Last week, with my still fresh New Year’s resolution to read more (more international perspectives in the news, more contemporary literature), I found a fascinating article in Le Monde analyzing the strange fact that the French President has had no spokesperson for over two and a half years. Most Western democracies put their spokespersons on camera regularly–daily in the U.S., twice per day in Britain, three times each week in Germany). Yet, France, in its role as the exceptional democracy, has decided to do without.
Just when I’d thought my younger years were behind me, Cory Petersen, the cocoordinator of the INdIA Winterim classes, informed my section that, for logistical reasons, our upcoming visit to India was technically a “field trip.”
Best. Field. Trip. Ever.
If you have ever wanted to travel outside of the United States, but weren’t sure how to go about doing so, take this class.
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.
Last week in Washington, the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy held a Summit where over 600 people gathered to discuss the importance of citizen diplomacy–people to people efforts that reach out beyond our national borders to forge close ties between individuals and countries. A partnership with the Department of State, the summit was tremendous in the energy it generated and the broad spectrum of interests it attracted, from business to education to aid and development organizations to individuals in the arts.