The contributions of Latinos to the nation’s heartland are the focus of The Latino Midwest, the 2012-13 University of Iowa Obermann-International Programs Humanities symposium. This interdisciplinary conference will examine the history, education, literature, art, and civil rights struggles of Latinos in light of the demographic changes experienced by Midwestern states with growing Latino populations.
The long history of Latino presence in the Midwest and the changing demographics of our region will be among the topics discussed on the October 5 WorldCanvass program, The Latino Midwest. The free program will take place in Room 2780, University Capitol Centre from 5-7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. WorldCanvass is produced by International Programs and hosted by Joan Kjaer.
Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir will speak at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in C20 Pomerantz Center. Her book is this year’s choice for the One Community, One Book annual reading program, sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR), which invites community residents to discuss the same human-rights related text. This event is free and open to the public.
ICJ will hold an information session and training workshop Friday, Sept. 14, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre for potential volunteers. Attend the session to learn more about the program, get tips on presenting to various audiences, and meet other students with similar interests. Refreshments are provided and this events is open to anyone interested in ICJ.
The European Studies Group (ESG) is hosting a luncheon talk featuring speaker Stephanie Mueller at noon on Friday, Sept. 14, in 2520C University Capitol Centre. The title of the talk is “A Ghost, a Jester, and a Bird: Three Metaphors of ‘Subversion’ among Conflicting Nationalisms in Contemporary Spain.”
It's too big for one venue, so a new exhibit on the University of Iowa campus will be presented in both the Old Capitol Museum and the Iowa Memorial Union.
The exhibit, "Napoléon and the Art of Propaganda," features more than 120 drawings, prints, painting, sculptures, manuscripts, medals, and other objects. The exhibit opens Sept. 13 and continues through Jan. 29 in the Pentacrest Museums Gallery for Arts, Humanities, and Sciences in the Old Capitol Museum and in the Black Box Theater at the Iowa Memorial Union.
Even though two years have passed since the start of the Arab Spring, experts on Arab affairs in America are still trying to spread awareness about the revolution.
“The Middle East remains critical, as it is where we spend our biggest amount of money, is the source of lots of our oil, is the place where our main ally [Israel] is, and is a source of terrorism that has affected our shores,” said University of Iowa law Professor Adrien Wing.
About 700 first-time international students came to Iowa City this fall, bringing the international student total to about 3,700. These students represent 111 countries and are a part of every field of academic study available at UI.
For these students, making the move to Iowa City can be nerve-racking, exciting and, at times, a downright daunting experience. For 41 years, the University of Iowa Friends of International Students has worked to make the transition to America easier by connecting international students with members of the Iowa City community — called friends — to help the students feel more comfortable away from home and introduce them to American culture and customs.
Season four of International Programs’ WorldCanvass series begins on Friday, Sept. 21, with a critical look at the life, times, triumphs, and defeats of one of the major figures in European history, Napoleon Bonaparte. Hosted by Joan Kjaer, WorldCanvass explores international topics through lively conversation between scholars and community experts. The program is produced in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum one Friday a month from 5-7 p.m., and is distributed widely through television, radio and iTunes. No tickets are required and the public is invited to attend.
Study Abroad in International Programs invites all UI students to discover global education opportunities during the annual study abroad fair Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre.
Stop by the fair to learn about opportunities to study, work, volunteer, or intern abroad. Fair attendees will have a chance to win door prizes, including study abroad scholarships and gift certificates to local travel agencies.
The fall 2012 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture: "The Moving Image Among the Arts" will feature weekly screenings and discussion on Thursday evenings throughout the semester. All screenings are free and open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 101 BCSB (Becker Communication Studies Building) unless otherwise noted. The series begins August 23 with “Pictura: An Adventure in Art,” which will be the first U.S. screening of the film in 60 years.
When the UI Opera Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore in Des Moines’ Hoyt Sherman Place in late July, International Programs’ WorldCanvass will be on board.
On July 20, from 6-7 p.m., just preceding the first of two performances to be held in Des Moines’ Hoyt Sherman Place, WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer will interview stage director John Cameron, music director William LaRue Jones, set designer Margaret Wenk-Kuchlbauer, and members of the cast, sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the story of the opera and its creators, the challenges presented in staging and directing the opera, and much more. A special treat will come in the form of live performances from the H.M.S. Pinafore cast.
A mini-Carnaval at 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 8, outside the University of Iowa Theatre Building will feature music, dance, masks, and puppets, as well as stilt-walkers from Canada's Swizzlestick Theatre.
A 2013 Iowa City Carnaval parade is planned, and this preview will enable the public to ask questions and share ideas, and even find out how to build carnaval costumes and floats or become a sponsor for the parade.
The 2012 Russian Guitar Festival will be held in various Iowa City locations June 21-24. For all concerts, general admission is $15 ($10 students and seniors). A $50 Festival Pass is good for all concerts! See more information and a full schedule.
The University of Iowa has awarded the Mayflower Hall Sushi Workshop with Best Educational Program of the Year Award for 2012. Yume Hikada, International Programs' Japan Outreach Coordinator, held the first workshop in February 2011. Its great turnout and enormous success amongst participants led her to conduct a second workshop in February 2012 that attracted over 100 participants.