By B.A. Moreill, The Press-Citizen
If there was ever a contest for a confluence of major life events, Sabah Hassain Enayah might take the prize.
In August, Enayah, 31, moved her young family from Iraq to a new home in a new country with only a minimal handle on the language. Within 10 days, she gave birth by Cesarean section to her third child, and four days later was in class at the University of Iowa.
They were half a globe removed from the calamities that befell their native country last month, but in the weeks since, members Iowa City’s Japanese community have been doing all they can to lend a hand. The University of Iowa’s Japanese Students and Scholars Club sold baked goods, origami crafts and T-shirts to raise money for Red Cross disaster relief Sunday at UI’s annual Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival. Club member Atsushi Yahashiri, a post-doctoral research scholar in microbiology at UI, said his group and other Japanese organizations in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area have rallied together since the March 11 earthquakes and tsunami.
This announcement appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will host several events related to labor rights and the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. All events are free and open to the public.
By Alison Sullivan, The Daily Iowan
Political uprisings in numerous Middle Eastern countries and a disaster in Japan have kept study-abroad offices on their toes and in touch with students abroad this semester.
“This semester has had the most challenges in terms of study abroad and security of students,” said Janis Perkins, the director of the University of Iowa Office of Study Abroad.
And officials at many universities nationwide echo Perkins.
Aiming to build strong ties between students of the US and Pakistan, the US Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) is ready to launch a summer programme for students of 11th and 12th standard.
By Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) is partnering with Iowa City’s Working Group Theatre and other local organizations to end gender identity-related discrimination, oppression and bullying through two upcoming events inspired by the “It Gets Better Project,” a worldwide movement to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) youth. Both of these events are free and open to the public.
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.”
Yume Hidaka, a native of Kagoshima in southwest Japan, crouched under desks with her head safely covered during practice drills every year from elementary school through college to prepare for a potential earthquake.
“We all knew that it could happen sometime sooner or later to any part of Japan. But of course no one expected it to be that big,” Hidaka said, referring to the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit her home country on March 11, 2011.
By Michelle McConnaughey, The Daily Iowan
In the Japanese school where James O’Hollearn works, students are now served milk and bread for lunch every day. Power outages across the region don’t allow other food to be refrigerated.
O’Hollearn graduated from the University of Iowa in 2008, and he is staying in Yamanashi. Though he’s 250 kilometers away from the damaged nuclear plants and the other devastation of the tsunami, he’s still feeling the effects.
The following report appear in the Financial Express. The report focuses on a recent conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which Scott King attended. King is the assistant dean of International Programs for the International Student & Scholar Services.
There are currently seven students from Bangladesh studying at The University of Iowa.
The following was featured in fyi, the UI faculty and staff newsletter. Sidel is also an International Studies faculty member.
Law professor Mark Sidel is working closely with the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam to develop legal and judicial reforms in a country where he’s no stranger.
This announcement appeared in Eastern Iowa Life.
“Starving for Water: The Global Water Crisis” is the topic at the next “WorldCanvass” program Friday, March 25. The program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in a new location, Room 2780 of the University Capitol Centre. It is free and open to the public.
By B.A. Morelli, The Press-Citizen
Local residents and students tried to contact loved ones affected by Friday’s deadly tsunami that rocked Japan and sent people scrambling in Hawaii and West Coast cities.