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posted onOct7, 2010

By Elke E. Stockreiter

This editorial was featured in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Elke E. Stockreiter is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Iowa.

Slavery is an institution that many consider to be a chapter of history. It also is a topic that evokes strong emotions and stirs controversy. It is associated with exploitation, humiliation and ongoing questioning among descendants of slaves about its causes and consequences.

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posted onOct6, 2010

The UI African Studies Program cordially invites faculty, students, and the general public to a mini-reception on Monday, October 11, 4:30-5:30pm, in UCC-2520D (Old Capitol Mall, 2nd floor).

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posted onOct6, 2010

It is particularly unsettling to hear of the decision at the State University of New York in Albany to suspend admissions to the B.A. programs in French, Italian, and Russian, as well as Classics and Theatre. In our world of 2010, with so many global exchanges in higher education and throughout the business world, it has never been more important for our students to understand multi-cultural perspectives.

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posted onOct6, 2010

The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) welcomes William Gibbons for a lecture, “Gluck, Wagner, and Symbolism: Staging ‘Orphée’ in 1896 Paris,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Gerber Lounge of the English Philosophy Building. The event is free and open to the public.

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posted onOct5, 2010

Summer is a great time for University of Iowa students to take a couple classes and fulfill general education program (GEP) requirements to lighten their load during the academic year. Starting in summer 2011, some of those classes will be offered in Paris, London and Florence.

The Iowa International Summer Institute (IISI), a new short-term summer program offered by Study Abroad at the UI, is geared toward first-year UI students but open to any student who needs to complete general education courses. Each course will last four weeks and fulfill three semester hours of credit.

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posted onOct5, 2010

Lauren Sieben was one of the hundreds of University of Iowa undergraduates that traveled abroad in spring 2010 but one of the few that came back with more than just souvenirs and memories — She was nominated for an award by one of her instructors in Spain for her outstanding performance in a semester-long project, and recently Sieben found out she was one of two students who received the award from a large pool of nominees.

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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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