“I wonder if U.S. customs will let me bring one back?” This was the question that kept running through my mind as I stared with awe and googly eyes at the reindeer and their calves all morning. It was finally the moment I had been waiting for, to conduct research in Northern Sweden in a Sámi, reindeer herding community. When I received my first call to attend the tagging of the reindeer calves, I was both nervous and excited. My thoughts were racing. Would they accept me?
It’s midnight in the north of Sweden, just below the Arctic Circle, and I can’t fall asleep. It’s not because I’m anxious or had one too many cups of coffee (which is often the case) but because the sun never sets! Most homes and hotels have blackout blinds or curtains, but my current home, a tent, doesn’t. I decided, after a few restless nights, that I should buy a sleep mask. In the end, I have to admit, camping in the beautiful nature that surrounds me is well worth the lackluster quality of sleep I’ve had.
Eight University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2014-15.
Over the last 60 years, demographics on longevity have dramatically changed. The world now has a growing population that far exceeds in absolute and relative terms anything in human history. The United States alone will have more than 70 million people 65 years old or older by 2040. Not everyone benefits from such longevity, as disease can cripple the function of the brain leading to an altered state of mind.
“Bundan Snark: Writing and Fighting in Modern Japan” is the theme of an upcoming conference at the University of Iowa exploring an alternate history of the Japanese literary establishment. The conference will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 2390, University Capitol Centre (Executive Boardroom).
An upcoming workshop at the UI will address the question of what happened to Marxism in China, North Korea, and beyond on Thursday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The workshop is free and open to the public and no pre-registration is required.
Thanks to the support of generous private donors, these UI students were able to study or conduct research abroad in the past year, gaining invaluable experiences and memories that enhanced their education and lives.
The final event in the European Studies Group’s spring Lunch & Talk series will be Friday, April 25, 2014, when the topic is "Conversations with a Cabbage: Cyrano de Bergerac's Posthuman Moon."
The astonishing scientific and medical advances of recent decades have led to previously unimaginable revelations about the human body’s innermost secrets. On the May 9 WorldCanvass, a diverse panel of experts will discuss the language of the brain and what we’re learning about mind and body interactions. The public is invited to attend the live recording of WorldCanvass, from 5-7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.
The next event in the European Studies Group’s Lunch & Talk series will be Friday, April 18, 2014, at noon in 315 Phillips Hall featuring Blaine Greteman, assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who will present "Agency and Authorship in the Early Modern Social Network."
A series of upcoming events, collectively titled “Saree Conversations,” will explore the art and tradition of Saree weaving in India. All events will be held Monday, April 21, 2014, at the University Capitol Centre (UCC). Admission is free and members of the community are encouraged to attend.
An upcoming UI visit by A. James Arnold, professor emeritus of the University of Virginia, will include two events April 24-25, both free and open to the public. Arnold will present “To ‘Africa’ with Aimé Césaire and Wifredo Lam” and "Les Discours identitaires aux Antilles Françaises (1940-1995).”
UI alumnus J. Roger Kurtz, professor of African literatures at The College at Brockport: State University of New York will present on engaging trauma theory through African literature in an upcoming UI talk Thursday, April 24, 2014, at noon in 1117 University Capitol Centre.
For most students, summers are filled with bikinis and beach balls. However, for one Iowa student, her beach gear consisted of safety gloves and sanitary bags. Blake Rupe, a University of Iowa graduate student from Ottumwa, Iowa, conducted research on the garbage presence in Veracruz, Mexico, specifically concentrating on the beaches near the city.
The European Studies Group in International Programs will host a Lunch & Talk series beginning April 11. All events are free, open to the public, and will be held at noon in 315 Phillips Hall.