What do a ukuleleist, a manager, and a Chihuahua have in common? All are characters in a short film by two University of Iowa graduate students that was recently selected to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Cuba: A Door Ajar
By Eric Platt, The New York Times
Joe Bookman and D. Jesse Damazo, two graduate students from the University of Iowa, were honored Thursday when the Cannes Film Festival announced their Official Selection for 2011. Bookman and Damazo’s film, The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit, was selected from more than 1500 entries to screen at this year’s Cinéfondation, the student film competition at Cannes.
The following commentary by Peggy Mills appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Mills is a professor of Russian at The University of Iowa.
Note: The UI Center for Human Rights is part of International Programs.
By Eric Hawkinson, The Daily Iowan
March 25, 1911.
University of Iowa officials are defending increased travel spending for international efforts at a time when many units across campus have chopped travel expenses.
Units such as International Programs, Office for Study Abroad, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, saw sizable travel expense increases in fiscal 2010. Those expenses included international and domestic travel.
University of Iowa employees spent more than $28 million on travel in fiscal 2010, a number that has steadily increased since 2006.
Of the $28,598,515 the UI spent in 2010, $3.6 million went to international travel, and $20.4 million to domestic travel outside Iowa. Almost one-third of the total was spent by the athletics department, which is fully self-sustaining. The figures were provided to The Daily Iowan in response to a public records request.
Officials said the spending was justified.
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.