Two events collectively themed “Don’t Forget Sudan” on Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, hope to encourage public discussion and awareness of the current situation in Sudan regarding the referendum and the social and political climate. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Arab Students Association (ASA) will be hosting Middle Eastern Awareness Week from April 24th to April 30th, 2011. Throughout this week, ASA and other middle-eastern cultural organizations will be hosting a series of speakers and events, ending the week with ASA’s keynote event DANCE OF ARABIA 2011, the largest Middle Eastern event in the state of Iowa!
The political and social climate of the Middle East and North Africa will be examined in “The Arab Spring: Interpreting the Current Events,” a panel discussion featuring a group of local experts, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the International Programs Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
**THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELED**
The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will present its final lecture in the 2010-11 series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in high-definition theatre screenings with a talk on Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il trovatore,” presented by Roberta M. Marvin. The lecture will be held Tuesday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D. This event is free and open to the public.
Marvin is Interim Associate Dean of International Programs at The University of Iowa and director of OSF.
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.
Through analysis of both film content and the transnational industrial structure of non-profit educational film and video production in Sub-Saharan Africa, this presentation delineates the rhetorical and economic mechanisms by which a master narrative of perpetual crisis is written about Africa for the international aid community. It further illustrates the cinematic strategies by which this narrative is repeated and reinforced in the very films and videos intended for African audiences.
The UI’s annual Latin dance party Gusto Latino will be held Friday, April 29, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at the door. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for students with an ID.
The UI Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome Dana Leibsohn for a guest lecture titled, “From Manila to Mexico: the Art and History of Early Modern Trade with Asia.” The talk will be held Wednesday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
Music historian Philip Gossett will present “Giuseppe Verdi and the Italian Risorgimento” in an event sponsored by the University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF), the UI School of Music and International Programs. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 21 in the UCC Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.
Turkish journalist and scholar Kerim Balci will visit the University of Iowa to present a talk on “Turkey and the Restructuring of the Middle Eastern Regimes,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The talk is free and open to the public. An RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is requested for those planning to attend.
The African Students Association Presents: Africa Week (April 17-23)
Unfinished Business: Hawkeye Apparel and the Student Anti-Sweatshop Movement
When: Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
Where: Trowbridge Hall 125
A special screening of Howard Hawks’ The Big Sleep (1946, 114 min.) will be presented Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building. The screening is part of the 2011 Annual Film Studies Lecture, to be presented by James Naremore on Friday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.