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posted onJun4, 2010

International Development: Gender and Justice

The following are excerpts from a piece written by Meena Khandelwal, associate professor of anthropology at The University of Iowa. She spent three weeks over the winter break of 2009 teaching a course in India for the INdIA Winterim program.

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posted onJun2, 2010

A recent article written by Aisha Labi in The Chronicle of Higher Education, a news source for university faculty and administrators, highlights the upcoming arrival of the first Iraqi students taking part in a new government scholarship program called the Iraqi Education Initiative.

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posted onJun2, 2010

Katelyn McBride, a recent University of Iowa graduate, studied abroad in Seville, Spain, during the spring of 2009. View her testimonial, including photos of her favorite memories, and see why study abroad is the experience of a lifetime.

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posted onJun2, 2010

The University of Iowa Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature has been awarded a $100,000 Startalk grant that has enabled intensive Chinese language courses for Iowa junior high and high school students this July.

This grant is a part of the National Security Language Initiative launched by the White House in 2006 to promote strategic, less commonly taught languages.

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posted onJun2, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered this speech at a Council on Foreign Relations Meeting.

Click here to view a pdf version of the entire speech.

“International Engagement Through Education”

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posted onJun2, 2010

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“21st century diplomacy takes more than government to government interaction — it also requires substantial people to people contact in which we try as directly as possible to reach people through governments, around governments, and under governments in every way possible.” — Hilary Clinton

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posted onMay30, 2010

Anchee Min will read from and discuss her novel “Pearl of China” as part of the University of Iowa International Programs series “Prairie InSight” at 5 p.m. Monday, April 26, at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City.

Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. During the Cultural Revolution, she was sent to work in a labor collective. While in the collective, a talent scout for Madame Mao’s Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work in propaganda films. Min moved to the United States in 1984. Her first book, the memoir “Red Azalea,” became an international bestseller.

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posted onMay24, 2010

When Mansi Bhatia left The University of Iowa in 2004 after finishing a two-year Master of Arts in journalism, she took with her more than a degree and a black and gold t-shirt. Bhatia took with her the memories of a quiet place that broadened her horizons and gave her a new family of friends.

Originally from Lucknow, India, Bhatia now lives in California with her husband and works in communications. Recently, Bhatia posted this poem about her time in Iowa on her blog.

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posted onMay20, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama urged graduates of George Washington University last weekend to go global.  The Class of 2010 had just successfully met her challenge to them to dedicate 100,000 hours to service in the greater Washington, DC community. She challenged the graduates to take their experience to the world:

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posted onMay5, 2010

Innovation is not a new concept for The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP). In operation since 1969, this project has turned into the nation’s premier center for creative writing and has contributed toward transforming the UI into a writing university.

Most recently, IWP has begun a new innovative tradition in the “New Symposium,” which met for three years on the island of Paros (Greece). IWP hosted a comparable gathering of writers and artists in Morocco from April 28, 2009 – May 5, 2009, in the form of a Souk Ukaz —a regional tradition of intellectual and artistic exchange.

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posted onMay5, 2010

By Shams Ghoneim*

This is an opinion piece written for the Press Citizen in coordination with International Programs’ May 7 WorldCanvass program focusing on the Middle East.

Rumi, a Sufi, was a 13th century Muslim Mystical Poet who was born in 1207 in what is today’s Afghanistan. He wrote 60,000 poems before his death in 1273.

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posted onApr30, 2010

University of Iowa students will share an exhibit ‘Haiti Recovery Village’ from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Hubbard Park in Iowa City. The exhibit is a result of a UI course titled “Haiti, The Evolution of Disaster.”

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posted onApr30, 2010

By Eric Sundermann, The Daily Iowan

When China native Xin Feng told her mother she wanted to study abroad, her mother suggested America. Her mother said Feng should see the superpower.

Feng disagreed, but her mother insisted.

“She told me that when she was in college, she asked her professor what America was like, and he said, ‘Imagine the best world you can imagine, and America is even better than that,’ “ she said.

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posted onApr29, 2010

The University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) will hold an international symposium titled “From Area Studies to Transregional Studies: Contours of Globalization in Asia’s Re-integration” from Wednesday, May 5, through Saturday, May 8, in the University Capitol Centre, Rooms 1117 (International Commons) and 2390 (Executive Board Room). Presentations on Thursday, May 6, and Friday, May 7, are free and open to the public.  Please see the website listed below for information on topics, times and location.

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