As part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the sister-state relationship between Iowa and Hebei, and in recognition of the significant and growing economic ties between Iowa and China, Governor Terry Branstad led a delegation of business, community, and educational leaders to China this past week. In addition to Governor Branstad and Ms. Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, members of the delegation represented interests as diverse as agriculture, law, manufacturing, and higher education. A large group from the Iowa Sister States non-profit was also present, on their first trip abroad as a group, to mark the 30th anniversary of the relationship.
In an upcoming presentation April 22, James R. Brennan, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, seeks to dispel layers of misinformation about controversial African politician Oscar Kambona's life and show what the political stakes of his biography are in Tanzania today.
The Second Language Acquisition (SLA) 2013 Graduate Student Symposium on Contexts of Learning will be held April 19-20 in various locations of the University Capitol Centre on the UI campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Senior BSN student Jeannette George has an unquenchable zest for knowledge... and for life.In addition to some of the prestigious, domestic accolades she’s already collected in her young career, including the 2013 Dean's Achievement Award, George has also been actively involved with health care research on an international level. She recently took time out of her hectic schedule to talk about and her experience at UI, her inspirations as well as some of her career aspirations.
Cristina Ortiz remembers growing up as part of the lone Latino family in Leon, Iowa, a tiny town in south central Iowa with less than 2,000 residents.
“My paternal grandparents were Mexican-American migrant workers, and the Latino population in Leon was basically my family,” says the 32-year-old University of Iowa anthropology doctoral student who is pursuing research that includes the Chin Burmese refugee population in Columbus Junction, Iowa, her new home during graduate school.
In the spring 2013 UI Graduate College news magazine, an article highlights the first Iowa Graduate Global Health Symposium, which was held in fall 2012 and allowed students and faculty to present their various international research projects and global health activities at the UI.
Shannon Fogg, a specialist in the history of everyday life in France during World War II, will present “Restitution: Reconstructing Jewish Lives in Twentieth-Century France” on Thursday, April 18, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in 2520D University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
In an upcoming UI presentation, Clemencia Rodríguez, professor of communication at the University of Oklahoma, will present part of her extensive research on how Colombians turn to community media – including radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet – as tools to forge lives for themselves and their families that are not entirely colonized by armed conflict and its effects.
Faculty members in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages at the University of Iowa have received a $90,000 grant from STARTALK, a unit of the federal National Security Language Initiative, for their program “Bridging the Gap through Standards and Technology: STARTALK for Teachers.” The program provides unique professional training for teachers of Russian as a foreign language in the United States.
This is the second grant received by this team—Irina Kostina, UI lecturer; Anna Kolesnikova, UI visiting professor; and Marina Kostina, CEO of Wired @ Heart—from STARTALK for the development of their teacher-preparation program.
In interviews with 40 international students at four research universities, Chris R. Glass was struck by the relative absence of Americans from his subjects' stories. The interviewees, half undergraduate and half graduate students, described close relationships with their international peers, including those coming from countries other than their own. But while they frequently characterized their American classmates as friendly or helpful, only rarely did they seem to play a significant role in their lives.
"Only one student has described a significant relationship with a U.S. peer and that student was from Western Europe and that peer was her boyfriend," said Glass, an assistant professor of educational foundations and leadership at Old Dominion University. "That to me is a striking omission from the stories that they're telling."
The Chinese Association of Iowa recently selected Downing Thomas, dean of International Programs at the University of Iowa, as an honoree of the International Education Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have an exemplary record of publication, teaching, advising, advocacy, leadership, new program development, or general service to the field that has made and will make a lasting contribution to international education.
The stories of our lives and our histories are carried from one generation to the next through language. Whether spoken, signed, or written, languages are complex systems of communication that evolve over time and are rich with cultural and social meaning. As the centuries go by, some of the keys to understanding these languages and the cultures they reflect may be lost. On the March 8 WorldCanvass, we’ll investigate the painstaking work of uncovering and interpreting age-old documents and written records, and we’ll try to get a fuller picture of the people who produced them. WorldCanvass takes place before a live audience in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City and is taped for television, radio and internet distribution. The program begins at 5 p.m., March 8, and is free and open to the public.
When it comes to making a difference in the empowerment and health care of women, College of Nursing junior Brittney Ross is one highly motivated and dedicated individual.
As the first in her family to go to college, there have been times when Ross felt overwhelmed and her zeal to succeed was tested, but she has persevered in her studies, including her research on female genital mutilation, a subject she has investigated as far away as Africa.
The controversy over awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature to PRC author Mo Yan has uncovered old and bitter debates about the relationship between politics and literature. However, Chinese society and contemporary Chinese literature have come a long way since the Cold War, when those debates first flared up, and the possibilities for Chinese literature today are unprecedented.
In an upcoming public lecture, East Asian scholar Charles A. Laughlin will explain how Mo Yan and his generation have fundamentally changed the relationship between literature and politics in China, helping create a broader space for creativity and more vigorous engagement with world literature than ever before.