International Programs held its annual Student Funding Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 17, as part of International Education Week. At the open house, students could learn about funding opportunities for international research, language learning and more, and past award recipients were available to share their stories.
By Drew Davis, The Daily Iowan
Almost 300 junior-high students sat in a ballroom rapt with attention. Nearly every one raised hands eagerly to ask the speaker a question.
By Rob Daniel, Iowa City Press-Citizen
CORALVILLE — People with disabilities are able to work in a paying job, run in a marathon and dance, said Scott Gill, president of the Iowa State Association of Independent Living to a group of middle school students.
“Do you think a person who is blind could climb Mount Everest?” he said before switching on a video about Erik Weihenmeyer, a blind man who reached the peak of Mount Everest in 2001.
“Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.”
Famous Russian theater director and founder of Method acting Konstantin Stanislavski wasn’t talking directly to University of Iowa graduate Emily Larson when he uttered those famous words, but he might as well have been.
Sixth-graders from Iowa City’s Longfellow and Hoover elementary schools and students from North Central Junior High in North Liberty will be among the 300 middle-schoolers thinking globally today during the University of Iowa College of Education’s International Day.
Bus loads of students from 13 schools in Eastern Iowa and Moline, Ill., will participate in the 14th annual event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, where the theme is “The Human Right to Well-Being.”
By Molly Rossiter, The Gazette
IOWA CITY – American Muslims are facing ‘a rising tide of Islamophobia’ that is worse than it was post-Sept. 11, panelists said last night.
Islamophobia is not just a fear. It’s a prejudice. Miriam Amer shared this definition with a crowd in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium on Monday night. Amer, the executive director of the Iowa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, grew up in New Hampshire when the word “Islamophobia” — used to describe the fear of Islam — did not exist. “It’s become a common term,” Amer said. “A very bad term, but a common term.”
By Drew Davis, The Daily Iowan
Officials said University of Iowa programs and individuals are becoming more active in encouraging students to travel abroad and form a global perspective.
And at a “WorldCanvass” event Nov. 12, Mary Jo and Richard Stanley received the first-ever International Impact Award for helping the UI do just that.
The presentation of the award is the kickoff for this year’s International Education Week celebration.
International student enrollment at the University of Iowa is growing faster than national trends, especially among undergraduates, and the percentage of UI students studying abroad continues to climb. This is according to data released today by the UI International Student & Scholar Services and the UI Office for Study Abroad in conjunction with the Open Doors Report.
For Karen Wachsmuth, finding a sense of place in a world bigger than herself was a journey best exemplified by The Odyssey, an epic Greek tale of someone finding his or her way back home. The University of Iowa International Programs outreach coordinator, who was born in New York City, found a place she called home through traveling.
“Traveling makes me appreciate home more, and I think that’s what home is all about: how much more that place means to you,” she says. “I love to travel but I know where my center is.”
Photos by Karina Schroeder
The T-shirts have only been in stock two weeks, but University Bookstore general manager Richard Shannon said they have been selling well.
These aren’t just ordinary T-shirts. They are T-shirts printed with “The University of Iowa” in the five most commonly spoken foreign languages at Iowa: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
By Nora Heaton, The Daily Iowan
The gates to Havana could open once again for U.S. students.
The UI has penned its signature on a request sent to President Obama, asking the administration to lift restrictions on academic travel to Cuba.
Last year, the small Zambian village of Libuyu needed a bridge in order to access the only school in the area without having to walk several miles around a dangerous river. But they didn’t have the resources. And when a group of students from the University of Washington backed out at the last minute, five engineering students from the University of Iowa stepped in.
This Thanksgiving, the same five students are going to Nicaragua to help another village.