The 2010 University of Iowa celebration of International Education Week will kick off early with UI President Sally Mason’s presentation of a new International Impact Award at the Friday, Nov. 12 WorldCanvass program, recorded live from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
A panel discussion about “Islamophobia,” human rights and religious freedom in America will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the Main Library on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.
This event will include discussion about some of the recent policy decisions and bans related to Islam and certain forms of religious expression. The panelists, each with a unique and specialized area of expertise, will address the stereotypes, misunderstandings and fears that contribute to this global problem of “Islamophobia.”
The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. It is free and open to the public.
In the wake of several highly publicized instances of labor violations in the Midwest, an upcoming conference at the University of Iowa will bring together labor leaders, immigrant rights advocates, community service providers and educators to discuss gaps between immigrant workers’ fundamental legal rights and the realities many workers face in Midwestern workplaces.
By Jill Kacere, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Kacere is a senior at The University of Iowa majoring in international studies and minoring in Spanish. She is a communications intern in the Office of Communications and Relations in UI International Programs and president of the UI Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.
My presentation proposes to analyze the figures of griot in Ousmane Sembène’s Films. The central point of my talk is that the griot should be contextualized as a historical figure that interprets memory and influences the perception of the past rather than as a mere literary and cinematic device. Current scholarship on Sembène privileges the Western interpretation of the griot, that is, the narrative aspect–the storyteller–over the more nuanced position the griot traditionally holds in West African societies.
Alan Drew, author of “Gardens of Water,” the book chosen for the 2010 “One Community, One Book” project, will speak Sunday, Nov. 7, in C20 Pomerantz Center at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
This announcement appeared in the arts section of The Daily Iowan on Nov. 1, 2010.
Edmundo Paz-Soldán of Cornell University will read at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., at 5:30 p.m. today from two of his books as well as segments of his forthcoming novel. The professor of Latino literature will also present a lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the International Programs’ Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre.
Paz-Soldán will read from Desencuentros and Los vivos y los muertos, and from his upcoming Notre in Spanish.
Jael Silliman will present "Making Women Safe in India: Innovative Campaigns, Diverse Audiences and new Initiatives” on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.
Two related lectures on women’s activism in postcolonial South Asia will be presented by visiting scholars Nov. 4 and 11 as part of the UI South Asian Studies Program (SASP) lecture series.
The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. It is free and open to the public.
Would you like to learn more about the Middle East and the Muslim World? Stop by the Middle East and Muslim World Studies (MEMWS) program open house to find out how!
The MEMWS open house is an informal get-together where you can talk with professors, students and staff about:
By Alyssa Marie Harn, The Daily Iowan
Four days in Morocco. One crossing and a shattering of stereotypes. Five years ago, University of Iowa Associate Professor Denise Filios traveled to Morocco for the first time.
During the trip, she realized that, although borders may separate people, they are all similar. The Spanish professor has been to Morocco four times since then, but she will never forget that first experience.
Some Americans know Indonesia as the country where President Obama lived as a boy, others know it as a tourist paradise with astonishing biodiversity and others know almost nothing about it.
Two Indonesian natives will speak about the vast diversity of their country during “Indonesia: Unity in Diversity” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Room 2520D University Capitol Centre. The talk is free and open to the public.