Please join host Joan Kjaer for live music and engaging conversation on WorldCanvass® for January’s intriguing topic: “Taping the World.” The program will be recorded before a live audience on January 22, 2010, from 5-7 PM in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum and later broadcast over UITV and KRUI-FM.
WorldCanvass received a few interesting things to broadcast for the holidays this year: a talking drum, internet in a box and a childrens’ book about HIV/AIDS. This can only mean one thing: a trip to Africa!
The new International Programs public programming initiative explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape.
Last weekend’s marathon was an example of the extraordinary international activity at the University. Sometimes, with so many things going on (not to mention classes and research and day-to-day business), it seems that campus events compete with each other for more-or-less the same audience, making it difficult to gather more than a handful of people in the room even for special guest speakers. But last weekend, despite the high level of activity, there were groups of 40 to 50 or more at many of the events we sponsored!
Joan Kjaer kicked off WorldCanvass before a full house on November 13, 2009, for the inaugural program focused on human rights. The Old Capitol Senate Chamber was alive with intrigue as the guests discussed important issues in international human rights.
International Mondays Fall 2009 Lecture Series
All lectures take place from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.
I had the opportunity recently to attend two events that are exemplary of the ways in which International Programs works to connect our campus and community in Iowa to the globe. The first, a lecture by Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, a native of Ethiopia and distinguished professor at Purdue University, was exemplary of the connections between human rights issues and agricultural science.
The other event—actually a full-blown conference, the Obermann Humanities Symposium (co-sponsored by International Programs)—highlighted a new breed of public scholar who champions engaged humanities research.
Of average height and build with salt-and-pepper hair, Jonathan Kuttab’s physical qualities may not have been too imposing, but his words quickly captivated his audience as he began his speech: “Can there ever be peace in Palestine?”
And he answered with a emphatic “Yes.”
University of Iowa alumna Martha Selby, associate professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, will discuss “The Color of Gender: On Substance, Sex Determination, and Anatomical Difference in the Caraka and Sushruta-samhitas” at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 in Room 315, Phillips Hall.
Joanna Demers, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Southern California, will present a lecture titled “William Basinski, Tape Loops, and Mourning” as part of the International Programs series “Taping the World: The Global Legacy of a Neglected Technology.” The lecture takes place on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.
Members of the community and local elementary school students had opportunities to learn more about Japanese culture and language thanks to two events spearheaded by University of Iowa International Programs, under the leadership of Buffy Quintero, International Program Outreach Coordinator.
This summer, International Programs has experienced two Fulbright “firsts”– brought to us via International Programs’ International Student & Scholar Services.
Below, reprinted from its web site with the permission of the Fulbright Association, is their report of our first Fulbright story:
The International Programs Summer Institute for Teachers is an annual week-long professional development workshop in collaboration with the UI College of Education and UI Center for Credit Programs in the Division of Continuing Education for K-12 teachers focusing on “what Iowans need to know about the rest of the world.” It allows current teachers and pre-service teachers a chance to explore c
Anya Drack, 6, runs into her Mandarin Chinese class on a Saturday afternoon this past spring and immediately approaches her instructor, Fan Youxin. The two start playing a patty-cakes game reviewing Chinese numbers. Drack’s excitement comes after six weeks of attending the UI Confucius Institute’s Family Mandarin Chinese Classes for elementary students and their parents.