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posted onDec21, 2011
Vaclav Havel waves while standing next to Bill Clinton

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) was viewed with suspicion by Iron Curtain countries during the depths of the Cold War. The Eastern European writers who were allowed to participate could expect to be taken into custody immediately upon their return home, for debriefing to determine if their thinking had been polluted by contact with the decadent West.

Other writers were simply denied permission to depart for Iowa City. Among the writers from the Communist bloc who were prevented from attending, one stood out, although not immediately. The world is now mourning the Dec. 18 passing of Vaclav Havel, the widely honored first president of a democratic Czech Republic whose plans to attend the IWP were derailed 43 years ago.

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posted onDec8, 2011

Chinese students have flocked to American universities in record numbers in recent years, and officials at Iowa’s regent universities say to keep up they have added advisers and counselors, formed committees to monitor the students’ needs and pay special attention to orientation and language programs.

“China has happened to the United States, period,” University of Iowa Director of Admissions Mike Barron said. “They just simply have a lot of well-qualified students that their own universities can’t handle.”

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posted onNov1, 2011

Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian author Wole Soyinka will present a lecture titled “Technology and the Writer: Open Book and Closed Text,” Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. He will also receive the Rex D. Honey African Studies Lectureship Award, presented by the African Studies Program. This event is free and open to the public.

The African Studies Program, a part of UI International Programs, will present the award in memory of UI faculty member Rex Honey to recognize Soyinka’s outstanding contribution to world literature and his continuing advocacy of human rights reforms in Nigeria and around the globe.

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posted onOct26, 2011

(Media-Newswire.com) – “Re-Creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity,” a conference hosted by the University of Iowa Department of Classics and School of Music, will include free Oct. 28 and 30 performances of the oldest surviving opera, Jacopo Peri’s “Euridice.” The performances by the UI Opera Studio, conducted from the keyboard by faculty member Gregory Hand, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Riverside Recital Hall.

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posted onOct24, 2011

Abstract: By analyzing a single trophy photograph by West German enfant terrible Herbert Tobias and viewing it as both a material object and performative practice, Evans suggests ways to move beyond the documentary impulse towards a methodology that captures and historicizes key and distinct elements of queer life in the era of the Sexual Revolution. At the intersection of artist intent, socio-historical context, and individual interpretation, she argues, erotic photography can answer a host of historical questions about same-sex desire and visibility, provided we are willing to embrace affect and subjectivity as serious categories of historical investigation.

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posted onOct19, 2011

Scotland, Australia, Singapore, Japan and Brazil were some of the countries that were presented at the Global Village open house on Oct. 16, 2011.

Plenty of multicultural fun was had as students living in the Global Village set up multiple booths around the 8th floor of Mayflower, each one showcasing a different country. Each booth had samples of food from the chosen country along with other cultural artifacts.

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posted onOct18, 2011

Members of the public can learn about the history of Mongolian folk music group AnDa Union, as well as learn their unique guttural throat singing technique, during two free events Oct. 27 and 28 sponsored by International Programs.

The Confucius Institute will host an interactive throat singing workshop Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. Members of AnDa Union will lead workshop participants through the traditional techniques that define their musical style.

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posted onOct7, 2011

Want to experience something fantastic, even otherworldly?

Can you imagine standing on the grasslands of Mongolia and listening to the ancient art of throat-singing?

Most likely, you’ve never heard anything like it, and you’ll never forget it if you join us for a live performance and discussion with AnDa Union on Oct. 28. The music and conversation start at noon in room 2780, University Capitol Centre. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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posted onOct6, 2011

Employees at Iowa Orchard bustled about on a crisp fall morning last week as they prepared to open for the day. The orchard owner not only uses his property to grow fruit, but as an opportunity to teach children and college students about business. Horticulture students around the world learn about working at an orchard at the Urbandale site.

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posted onOct6, 2011

WorldCanvass Studio guests will convene around the topic “The Caucasus as a Crossroads: Dagestan, Russia and Regional Security” in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Admission is free and open to the public.

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posted onSep27, 2011

Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and a major opposition figure in Zimbabwe, will be featured at two upcoming events: a WorldCanvass Studio program at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Room 2780 of the University Capitol Centre (UCC); and a Careers for Change lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Room 1117, UCC. Both events are free and open to the public.

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posted onSep27, 2011

Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and treasurer of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the opposition party headed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, will be a special guest of WorldCanvass Studio on October 3. The live program will take place from 2-3 p.m. in Room 2780 University Capitol Centre and is free and open to the public.

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posted onAug30, 2011

The University of Iowa has once again been selected as one of only 11 institutions in the U.S. to host Fulbright students from around the world for the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 10

The UI is expecting 49 Fulbright students from 34 different countries, ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Fulbright students will pursue graduate degrees in various subjects at institutions across the U.S., and the orientation prepares these students for all facets of their American experience.

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posted onAug19, 2011

By Chastity Dillard, The Daily Iowan

Sitting at her Mayflower kitchen table, adorned with a Hawkeye-symbol tablecloth, Yoon Kyung Lee, laughs while chatting with new friend, Effy Lee.

Both South Korean, the 20-year-olds instantly shared a bond as newly arriving international students for the fall semester.

“It’s not my first time coming to the U.S.,” Yoon Lee said, who at age 15 was a foreign-exchange student in Texas, “so adjusting here isn’t a big deal for me. The time difference is worse.”

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posted onJul18, 2011

By Chastity Dillard, The Daily Iowan

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba was forced to leave his Ugandan home in March for his safety.

The gay-rights activist, now in the United States, stood before a captivated church crowd Sunday morning to discuss Uganda’s gay rights issues.

Though he’s not gay himself, Kiyimba has traveled from church to church across the United States for the last 12 weeks, hoping to raise awareness of a Ugandan anti-homosexuality legislation.

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