Writer Yiyun Li, an alumna of the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the English Nonfiction Writing Program (NWP), has been named a MacArthur Fellow.
By: Samantha Baehr, The Daily Iowan
In Japan, Yume Hidaka’s baby nephew is awaiting a special omiyag — souvenir — a Hawkeye shirt.
Hidaka, 27, the University of Iowa’s newest Japanese Outreach Initiative coordinator, is experiencing Hawkeye culture for the first time but with a Japanese twist.
She mingled with around 20 UI students on Sept. 21 during ocha no ojika — Japanese tea hour — in which students come together to speak Japanese.
Seven years after U.S. troops were deployed to unseat then-President Saddam Hussein, military operations in Iraq have ended. But rebuilding the Middle East democracy — isolated and ruled by a brutal dictator then wracked by years of conflict and insurgency — has only begun.
By Diane Heldt, The Gazette
Photo by Brian Ray.
A new Japanese outreach program coordinated by University of Iowa International Programs aims to build understanding and knowledge of Japanese culture and language. The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) is a program supported by the Laurasian Institution and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, which funds the position of a Japanese cultural ambassador for two years. Yume Hidaka, a Kagoshima native, serves in that role and is available to give programs and presentations on Japanese culture on the UI campus and in communities across Iowa now through July of 2012.
By Katelyn McBride
The number of international students on campus this fall is at a record high thanks to IP’s recruitment efforts. Around 800 new international students are enrolled at the UI, making the total international student population roughly 2,800. That’s almost 9 percent of all students on campus.
The Study Abroad office sent more than 1,300 UI students abroad during the last academic year, and the goal for this year is for even greater participation.
Meet Yume Hidaka, the University of Iowa’s new Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) coordinator. Hidaka will be here two years traveling around Iowa to bring a deeper understanding of Japan to students, community members and Iowa residents.
By Cathryn Sloane
Photo by Haoran Wang
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Scott King, director of ISSS, helps incoming graduate students during the Fulbright orientation on Monday.
By Madison Bennett, The Daily Iowan
Photo by David Scrivner
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Adnan Abdulwahid, 31, walks through aisles in the Bread Garden Market on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.
By Alicia Hatch, The Daily Iowan
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The University of Iowa has seen a substantial increase over the last five years in the number of students studying abroad in the Middle East, mirroring a national trend.
Only five students traveled to that region five years ago; last year, the number ballooned to 55.
Four Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) have arrived at the University of Iowa where they will spend the next year in International Programs teaching Turkish, Indonesian, Hindi and Arabic and serving as cultural ambassadors for their home countries. The teaching assistants will also take two courses a semester as non-degree students during their year in Iowa.