The UI will present “Intolerance and the First Amendment: Islamophobia,” a discussion of Islamophobia, human rights, and religious freedom, at 7 p.m. today in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium. The discussion will include conversations on stereotypes, misunderstandings, and fears that contribute to the rise of Islamophobia and intolerance toward the Islamic community. Panelists will present their views on policy decisions and bans concerning Islam and specific forms of religious expression.
The 2010 University of Iowa celebration of International Education Week will kick off early with UI President Sally Mason’s presentation of a new International Impact Award at the Friday, Nov. 12 WorldCanvass program, recorded live from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
A panel discussion about “Islamophobia,” human rights and religious freedom in America will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the Main Library on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.
This event will include discussion about some of the recent policy decisions and bans related to Islam and certain forms of religious expression. The panelists, each with a unique and specialized area of expertise, will address the stereotypes, misunderstandings and fears that contribute to this global problem of “Islamophobia.”
Date: Thursday, Nov. 11
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: 2520D UCC
Topic: “Making Women Safe in India: Innovative Campaigns, Diverse Audiences and new Initiatives”
Presenter: Jael Silliman
Two related lectures on women’s activism in postcolonial South Asia will be presented by visiting scholars Nov. 4 and 11 as part of the UI South Asian Studies Program (SASP) lecture series.
The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. It is free and open to the public.
This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.
This week’s film is:
Some Americans know Indonesia as the country where President Obama lived as a boy, others know it as a tourist paradise with astonishing biodiversity and others know almost nothing about it.
Presenter: R. Balasubramaniam
Topic: “The Hospital in the Jungle: The Vindication of Human Rights for a South Indian Adibasi Community”
When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Produced by International Programs at the University of Iowa, WorldCanvass® explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape.
A new Japanese outreach program coordinated by University of Iowa International Programs aims to build understanding and knowledge of Japanese culture and language. The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) is a program supported by the Laurasian Institution and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, which funds the position of a Japanese cultural ambassador for two years. Yume Hidaka, a Kagoshima native, serves in that role and is available to give programs and presentations on Japanese culture on the UI campus and in communities across Iowa now through July of 2012.
What: The Myth of McDonaldization: Globalization and Culture Change in a Japanese Community
When: Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus
Presenter: Keith Brown, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
The UI Office for Study Abroad will hold its annual study abroad fair Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre, near the south end. All university students are invited to attend to learn about global education opportunities.
Nicholas Vazsonyi, professor of German and comparative literature at the University of South Carolina, will present “Richard Wagner: Self-Promotion and the Making of a Brand?” on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Gerber Lounge of the English Philosophy Building.
The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum, part of International Programs, will present a series of six lectures coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre screenings.
James Martin, professor of music at Cornell College, will begin the series with his talk on Wagner’s “Das Rheingold,” Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D and are free and open to the public.
International Programs’ Confucius Institute at The University of Iowa will continue to offer Mandarin Chinese classes to community members and families starting Sept. 1.