Join the Confucius Institute for the final talk in its “Culture for Lunch” mini lecture series on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 12:15-1:15 in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The topic, “Ancient Chinese Thought’s Effect on Traditional Architectural Culture,” will be presented by Yong Zhu, an associate professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China.
This talk examines the role that historical narrative plays in the public relations agenda of corporate Japan. Most member companies of Japan’s 20th-century keiretsu (corporate conglomerates that included Mitsubishi, Mitsui, and Sumitomo) regularly published official histories as a means of enhancing corporate prestige and to evade critical discussion of their past indiscretions. As a result, company history narratives often obscure more than they illuminate about the corporate subject.
Are you a food critic in the making or simply a lover of delicious cuisine? Join us Friday, Nov. 2, for an evening of exceptional Chinese food tasting! Watch as UI Professor and Director of the Confucius Institute Chuanren Ke and other contestants cook up a storm from 6-8 p.m. at the Hy-Vee on Waterfront Dr. in Iowa City.
For the event, each chef will give a brief demonstration and background information on their dish and then give samples to the audience, who will vote by secret ballot for their favorite dishes in each category.
UI alum Alexandria Sharp, who is currently serving in the Peace Corps, will be visiting the UI during a break from her volunteer term to talk about her life and experiences in Nicaragua. Her presentation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 2-3 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre and the event is free and open to the public.
In Nicaragua, Sharp is serving as a health promoter focused on maternal and child health, hygiene, and nutrition. She is eager to share her pictures and answer questions about her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Professor Carl W. Ernst will discuss strategies for making sense of the Qur’an’s complex text during a lecture Thursday, Nov. 1, from 5-7 p.m. in E105 Adler Journalism Building. The talk is titled, “How to Read the Qur’an” and the event is free and open to the public.
For many Americans, the Qur’an is difficult to read, its organization obscure, its messages cryptic or even threatening. This presentation is based on a new book of the same title. Chronological readings of the original sequence of its delivery, exploration of its links to earlier writings, and clarification of the central points of its symmetrical compositions all provide interested readers with new tools for comprehending an undeniably important religious document.
International Programs will host an information workshop regarding the Stanley Awards for International Research on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Undergraduates interested in international studies are especially encouraged to attend.
Professor, author, and researcher Ann Grodzins Gold will give a lecture Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 2390 University Capitol Centre (the Executive Board Room) discussing the cultural impact on an Indian community of losing a river of great spiritual importance. The talk is titled, “From Snakes' Blood to Sewage: Mythology and Ecology of a Minor River in Rajasthan.”
The energy and exuberance of carnaval’s vibrant music, joyful dance, and exhilarating visual displays will soon make its way into our city – and community members are encouraged to get involved in the action.
Several events in late October will allow Iowans to come together, share their unique stories, and participate in hands-on workshops to turn those stories into large-scale artistic masterpieces for the 2013 Iowa City Carnaval Parade.
Co-founder and tireless supporter of the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa, Hualing Nieh Engle will receive the 2012 International Impact Award as part of the November 2 WorldCanvass program “IWP: Writing the Stories of the World.” The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 5-7 p.m., in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. A reception will follow.
UI International Programs’ Confucius Institute will offer a Chinese calligraphy workshop Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Participants will learn the art and history of calligraphy while gaining hands-on experience. No prior knowledge of Chinese or calligraphy is required and all materials will be provided.
The European Studies Group (ESG) is hosting a luncheon talk featuring speaker Gabriele von Roedern at noon Friday, Oct. 19, in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Her talk, titled “Questionable Pasts: Managing a Nazi-Era Past in the West German Public, 1957-1979,” will focus on the legal attempts by individuals to control how their personal pasts were portrayed in public discourses in West Germany.
Gabriele von Roedern is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her dissertation examines how individuals accused of having a Nazi-era past sought to manage those accusations within the larger West German public.
Assistant Director of Outreach and Communications at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) Andrew Riess will give a workshop on the Fulbright Program for U.S. Students on Thursday, October 18, from 1:00-2:15 p.m. in International Commons, UCC 1117. The Fulbright grant provides a wonderful opportunity to pursue international research or study in all fields, or to teach English abroad, for one academic year.
Please join the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) for two lectures, Monday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012: “Historical Reconciliation in Northeast Asia” and “Censorship in China.”
The University of Iowa’s Opera Studies Forum will begin its fall lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD theatre transmissions on Wednesday, Oct. 10, with a talk on Verdi’s 'Otello,' presented by Miriam Gilbert.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will offer a nine-week calligraphy course this fall for community members interested in an in-depth exploration of the history and art of Chinese characters.