The WiderNet Project, a service project within The University of Iowa’s School of Library and Information Science, focuses on the improvement of educational technology systems by helping primarily universities, secondary schools, and hospitals worldwide furnish people with access to computers, digital information, and the Internet.
As President Obama visits China for the first time today, it is an opportune time to remember that the University of Iowa has strong ties to China in areas ranging from the research activities of our Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and our Confucius Institute, led ably by Professor Chuanren Ke, to the undergraduate education we are currently providing well over 600 students from China.
The tide now rolls in peacefully along the southwest shores of Leone, Samoa, a stark contrast to the violent waves that sent the island into chaos after a violent tsunami struck early last week. Recent UI graduate Kelly Berger, who teaches on the South Pacific island, saw the devastating storm and its aftermath.
We are having the wrong public debate about global warming — and we are running out of time to get it right. It’s important to discuss carbon caps and taxes or other mitigation strategies, but a good chunk of the population views these as restrictive and burdensome. We miss a larger and more affirmative point if we only have that discussion.
The English Corner, a part of Bridges International, is designed to change all that. The group sponsors a range of activities — everything from a tailgate to a New York City trip to Catch Phrase game nights — in an effort to help form connections between students hailing from different countries.
“It is an opportunity for American students and international students to communicate in a casual setting to not only improve English proficiency but to build friendships,” said Stephen Wong, a third-year UI pharmacy student.
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.”
Lisa Weaver’s third-floor office is still bare. She only began teaching journalism at the UI in August. She moved to Iowa City in June. Before that it was Pittsburgh. Yet even before that it was China, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Weaver spent most of her extensive journalism career in China, where she went in 1987. Now, she’s using that experience in her class on international journalism.
Watch an interview of 12 African women leaders speaking about gender issues, their encounter with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and their fight for women’s rights.
For many UI students, winter break means home, family, and a reprieve from classes. For others, the month off means visiting a foreign country, more than 1 billion new faces, and three weeks of intensive, hands-on learning.
Expanding its course offerings this year, the INdIA Winterim program provides students with the opportunity to study issues of social justice and entrepreneurship in a developing country.
UI Associate Professor of history Laura Gotkowitz was recently awarded the American Historical Association’s John E. Fagg prize for 2008 for her book, A Revolution for Our Rights: Indigenous Struggles for Land and Justice in Bolivia, 1880-1952.
Thousands of UI students can struggle when trying to pick out a major. That includes senior Abby Milloy, who felt that there might be something missing from the UI’s. So she created her own.
A pile of hundreds of bubble-wrapped computers lurks in the UI Communications Center waiting to be shipped away. Destination: Africa.
For the UI-based Widernet Project, established in 2000, delivering more than $500,000 worth of equipment is practically second to delivering accessible information.
A typical member of Iowa City’s International Women’s Club (IWC) is difficult to define. With roughly 140 members representing nearly 50 countries, and ranging from young mothers to a woman in her 90s, it’s easy to see why.
Every two years, a group of Japanese students from Joetsu University of Education spends several days visiting local attractions and offering an exchange of cultures at local elementary and secondary schools in eastern Iowa. The group also takes part in several events on the University of Iowa campus. The ten day Joetsu Exchange is facilitated by International Programs at the University of Iowa.
The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded University of Iowa International Programs two grants that will help expand on- and off-campus learning opportunities in South Asian studies for undergraduates and will create on-campus and study abroad courses in East Africa.