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posted onOct5, 2010

The “Images of the Muslim World” series continues this month with a lecture, “Why is Abd el-Kader Relevant Today?: the Legacy of an Algerian Leader of Anti-Colonial Resistance and Namesake of Elkader, IA,” on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. The lecture will be presented by Kathy Garms and John W. Kiser.

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posted onOct5, 2010

The UI African Studies Program’s fall Baraza series will begin Monday, Oct. 11, with a lecture entitled “Oil, Ethnicity and Religion: The woes of a blessed nation in the face of outright political ineptitude,” presented by Sunday Goshit of International Programs. The talk is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in 2520D of the University Capitol Centre. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

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posted onOct5, 2010

International students come to The University of Iowa with lots of questions about their upcoming experience in American culture – but those questions don’t stop after the first week. After observing the culture for a while, they wonder what phrases such as, “swamped with homework,” really mean, and why there are carved pumpkins popping up everywhere in October, and how do fraternities and sororities relate to me?

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posted onOct4, 2010

Yarimar Bonilla, assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Virginia, will present “Postcolonial Audacity: The Political Iconography of the 2009 Strike in Guadeloupe,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

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posted onOct3, 2010

A new film series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies will allow audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.

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posted onOct1, 2010

Note: This course is already filled.

Workshop in Natural Disasters and Public Memory in South Asia
(152:125: SCA Topics In Global Health)

October 7-9, 2010
International Programs Commons room 1117 (University Capitol Centre)
University of Iowa

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posted onSep30, 2010

The 2010 Obermann Humanities Symposium, “Causes and Consequences: Global Perspectives on Gender and the History of Slavery,” will bring a variety of scholars to campus Wednesday Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 15. The scholars will explore slavery and gender and how their two complex histories have intersected in a range of time periods.

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posted onSep30, 2010

Thursday, October 14
“Neighbors: Polish Gentiles and Polish Jews in the Holocaust”
9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Adler Journalism Building, E126

“Antisemitism and the Holocaust: Rethinking Old Questions”
4:30 – 6 p.m., ICPL meeting room A
(Reception at 4:00 p.m.)

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posted onSep29, 2010

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack will share his foreign policy views during an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) “political tailgate” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in Room 2520-D in the University Capitol Centre, on the second floor above Express.

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posted onSep29, 2010

This opinion piece is from the Iowa City Press-Citizen editorial board. 

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posted onSep28, 2010

From University News Services

Writer Yiyun Li, an alumna of the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the English Nonfiction Writing Program (NWP), has been named a MacArthur Fellow.

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posted onSep28, 2010

By: Samantha Baehr, The Daily Iowan

In Japan, Yume Hidaka’s baby nephew is awaiting a special omiyag — souvenir — a Hawkeye shirt.

Hidaka, 27, the University of Iowa’s newest Japanese Outreach Initiative coordinator, is experiencing Hawkeye culture for the first time but with a Japanese twist.

She mingled with around 20 UI students on Sept. 21 during ocha no ojika — Japanese tea hour — in which students come together to speak Japanese.

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posted onSep24, 2010

As I see the many new international faces on campus this fall, I am also hearing many languages–on the bus and on the streets, in the hallways, and in the Old Capital Centre where our offices are located and where many students hang out eating lunch or studying in between classes. It occurs to me that these many languages of Iowa City (who would have thought?) drive home the fact that our monolingualism in the U.S. is the exception rather than the rule. I suspect that the increasing numbers of international students at the University of Iowa are conveying this important fact to all of our students, particularly those from the Midwest who have not ventured far from home.

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posted onSep22, 2010

Seven years after U.S. troops were deployed to unseat then-President Saddam Hussein, military operations in Iraq have ended. But rebuilding the Middle East democracy — isolated and ruled by a brutal dictator then wracked by years of conflict and insurgency — has only begun.

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