Ezgi, Rajiv, Ari and Asma—these four young individuals came from different corners of the world to The University of Iowa as Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) to spread cultural awareness of their unique backgrounds and teach their natives languages of Turkish, Hindi, Indonesian and Arabic.
Photo by Ricky Bahner
This article appeared in The Daily Iowan. See the original article here.
By Nora Heaton
This talk took place Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.
The University of Iowa and Korea’s National Institute for International Education have created a new partnership that offers UI undergraduate students and alumni the opportunity to spend six or 12 months teaching English in primary schools in South Korea as part of the TaLK, or Teach and Learn Korean program.
From the CLAS website
Almost 12 years ago, University of Iowa law professor Burns Weston called up his colleague Rex Honey, who was chair of the Global Studies program Weston had previously organized. Weston said he asked Honey if his office, which at the time was in the old law school building, had an extra desk and phone jack. Honey said it did. Then Weston, who organized a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the year before, asked Honey if they could put a sign on his door that said Center for Human Rights. “That’s how it started,” Weston said. “That’s what we did.”
Dancing is a step out of the ordinary for the participants of the Global Buddies program, designed to match an American student with a new international exchange student to learn about each other’s culture. And Wednesday, the group tried dancing at the International Commons in the University Capitol Centre, said John Ashby, a graduate student in International Programs.
So far, 76 UI students have signed up to save a forest, dance the Bharta Natyam, and design lesson plans — among other unique activities during their winter breaks.
The Indian Winterim program, entering its fifth year, is adding these three programs — sustainability, dance, and education, to the 11 others offered during a three-week educational trip to India.
Cristiane Cunha, an international student from Brazil, is showcasing her design exhibit with Maria Mandarim today through Oct. 22 in the Studio Arts Building. Admission is free. Read Cristiane’s story below.
By Jessica Carbino, The Daily Iowan
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Last month we opined that it was rare for Iowa City area residents to discuss the Muslim-Christian divide with someone who has spent seven years traveling across the 10th parallel — the latitude line 700 miles north of the equator that serves as a highly contested, religious boundary line. Thats why we encouraged our readers to attend the WorldCanvass program featuring Eliza Griswold, author of “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam.”
This press release mentions the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and how the UI strives for diversity in its student body. See the blue paragraph below for a quote from Scott King, director of ISSS.
Boston, MA (Vocus) October 7, 2010 –
Lauren Sieben was one of the hundreds of University of Iowa undergraduates that traveled abroad in spring 2010 but one of the few that came back with more than just souvenirs and memories — She was nominated for an award by one of her instructors in Spain for her outstanding performance in a semester-long project, and recently Sieben found out she was one of two students who received the award from a large pool of nominees.
International students come to The University of Iowa with lots of questions about their upcoming experience in American culture – but those questions don’t stop after the first week. After observing the culture for a while, they wonder what phrases such as, “swamped with homework,” really mean, and why there are carved pumpkins popping up everywhere in October, and how do fraternities and sororities relate to me?