The University of Iowa has nine students studying in Japan. Six are in Nagoya, about 220 miles southwest of Tokyo, and those students felt the quake but their city had no serious damage. One on an exchange program at a university in the Tokyo area is fine and has been in touch with her family. The other two students, who are on programs not affiliated with the university, are fine as well – one in in Kofu, 70 miles west of Tokyo, and the other in Hirakata, more than 300 miles southwest of Tokyo.
By Mark Carlson, SourceMedia Group News
Shaw Akutsu lives in Iowa, he grew up in Iowa, and the only place he wants to be this spring break, is in Japan.
“I honestly just want to be over there, just so that I know where my parents are and that they are safe,” he said.
By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan
Harb Harb has traveled to the Middle East before to see how the health-care systems work.
And now, the fourth-year medical student wants to expose fellow students to those experiences.
Four medical students from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine are planning to travel to the West Bank at the end of this month to explore the health-care system’s hospitals and refugee camps.
The following announcement appeared in The Gazette.
University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine has offered global programs throughout the world, but where four students will travel later this month is a first.
The fourth-year medical students will experience the first medical elective in the West Bank. Not only will the students receive hands-on medical practice, but the group will see, firsthand, the effects of political turmoil on health care.
This announcement appeared in the Press-Citizen.
Jirí Ellinger, head of the political section of the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington, D.C., will speak Friday on “The Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States in a Tumultuous World.” The talk and luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Center, and both are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required, and the talk will begin at noon.
By Kendall McCabe, The Daily Iowan
Children of Arabic descent in the United States get teased and called such names as “Osama” and “terrorist” each year around the anniversary of 9/11, said Shams Ghoneim, the former president of the Consultation of Religious Communities of Johnson County.
It even happens in Iowa City.
This announcement appeared in Eastern Iowa Life.
The University of Iowa European Studies Group (ESG) will welcome visiting scholar Michael Bess for a talk on the ethical and social implications of new technologies for human biological enhancement.
By Alexandria Skalla, The Daily Iowan
Buddhist prayer bowls and other souvenirs decorate Scott McNabb’s office, along with portraits of Hanuman, a famous monkey warrior from the Thai Ramakiyana.
The painting Endless Flight uses the bright, vivid colors of the Caribbean as it articulates shapes and forms across the surface of the canvas, infusing the piece with life and meaning.
Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval Carrié created this intriguing painting. He will deliver a lecture about his native country at 5 p.m. today in 2520D University Capitol Centre.
Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department’s touring repertory company, will kick off its 2011 season — its 27th — with a “home concert” at 8 p.m.
By Benjy Sarlin, Talking Points Memo.
Lyombe Eko is a UI faculty member in International Programs and journalism.
Anti-government uprisings have spread from an initial revolution in Tunisia to countries across the region, including Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, and Yemen. Could the revolutionary fervor be migrating outside of the Arab world as well?
This announcement appeared in The Press-Citizen.
The Iowa Peace Corps Association and University of Iowa International Programs will host a talk on the issues that former Peace Corps volunteers found important to their lives at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Iowa City Public Library.
The forum will feature David Osterberg, a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran from 1966 to 1968 who now is executive director of the Iowa Policy Project; Mat Lozier, who volunteered from 1991 to 2001 in Honduras; and Christopher and Nora Roy, who were in Burkina Faso from 1970 to 1972.