WASHINGTON – Most Americans are barred from traveling to Cuba, but Iowa college students soon may be packing their bags to visit the island. President Barack Obama’s recent decision to ease travel restrictions for academics and church groups prompted Iowa’s colleges to plan new programs for study in Cuba.
This article from Inside Higher Ed discusses plans for a new International Knowledge Center in Bangalore, India, which The University of Iowa and other U.S. institutions plan to use partially for recruitment of Indian students.
By Elizabeth Redden
The Trojans have staked out territory all over the world.
Mrs. Jane Huit, one of the American co-founders of International Wives’ Club of Iowa City, as it was known then, has recently passed away.
Mrs. Huit and Mrs. Velma Stuit, the other American co-founder, recognized the importance of welcoming international women to our community and helping them find good friends and interesting activities. The organization began in the late 1950s, and the name changed to International Women’s Club in 1978. Currently there are around 140 members from over 30 countries.
International students who arrived at the University of Iowa last week got a rich taste of American culture Wednesday evening as they spun their partners and promenaded around the community room at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.
More than 75 students took part in the dinner and square dance event for new students sponsored by Hills Bank.
The collection of photos on Scott King’s office wall are proof of his dedication to international learning. King, 57, grew up in Maine and said he only traveled outside of New England two times before he left for college. Since then he’s traveled to more than 40 countries as a student and a professional. He has worked at the University of Iowa as the Assistant Dean of International Programs in the International Student & Scholar Services for seven years, and has helped dramatically increase the number of international students attending school at UI.
Diane Heldt, Iowa Higher Education
IOWA CITY — The snow, they like. The sometimes bitterly cold winter temperatures, not so much.
Five students from Iraq finished their first semester at the University of Iowa this fall, as part of the Iraqi Education Initiative, a program in which a handful of colleges and universities around the country are participating.
By Regina Zilbermints, Des Moines Register
Eric Scott spent 46 hours in airports or on airplanes.
The 20-year-old was trying to get home to Adel from a semester in London when weather forced airlines all over Europe to delay and cancel flights.
“I had to sleep in line so I could leave the next morning,” Scott said. “I slept on the linoleum with hundreds of people surrounding me.”
And Scott, a Central College student who made it back to Adel on Saturday, may be one of the lucky ones.
Gifts, trees and Santa Claus — most, if not all, children across the country know about holiday traditions in America.
But what about other countries across the globe?
Seventh-grade students at North Central Junior High in North Liberty got a lesson in holiday celebrations in other countries Monday, courtesy of several University of Iowa students. A half dozen UI students gave presentations on holidays in their home countries, which included Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, China and Malaysia.
By Ariana Witt, The Daily Iowan
Cassie Creasy grew up in a family that never talked politics. Her parents never made a big deal over elections or party affiliations — something she enjoyed.
“I was never expected to think a certain way or believe anything in particular,” Creasy said.
Looking for a University of Iowa camiseta for your hermana? You’re in luck. The University of Iowa recently launched a line of foreign language T-shirts that proclaim the University of Iowa in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.
“OK, let’s get started,” said Nilo Couret, a graduate fellow in the University of Iowa’s cinema/comparative literature department. It was a Thursday night in November, and he began hosting a film session in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building by explaining the context and cultural nuances that define certain films from Latin America
The Opera Studies Forum is part of UI International Programs.
By Alyssa Marie Harn, The Daily Iowan
A woman takes the stage dressed in leather boots, a button-up blouse, and a cowgirl hat, riding a live horse. Staples of the Wild West surround Minnie, the cowgirl, as she rides around the stage and belts out her Italian lyrics in the opera La Fanciulla del West.
By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan
As a child, Courtney Hageman became used to her father’s monthly work trips.
During her freshman year of high school, the eye specialist took Courtney with him to Europe. While her father gave lectures about macular degeneration, a disease that causes blindness, the then 14-year-old explored tiny Italian villages near the Mediterranean Sea.