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posted onAug25, 2011

Carroll Harrison, an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), will return to Iowa Aug. 19 and 20 to discuss educational disparities in Nicaragua.

Harrison is participating in a “Gold Stars’ Tour,” one of series of special programs in 2011 for returning IVLP alumni. The National Council for International Visitors annually bestows the gold star on members of the national network who exemplify excellence in citizen diplomacy.

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posted onAug24, 2011

By Joan Staak, The Daily Iowan

A year and seven months after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, public awareness of the poverty-stricken country has shrunk.

Dr. Paul Farmer, a cofounder of the humanitarian organization Partners in Health and a Harvard professor, is working to change that.

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posted onAug23, 2011

With the summer months behind us and the start of another academic year, I would like to welcome you back to campus and extend my best wishes for an exciting and productive fall semester.

Our offices have been buzzing with orientation and advising activities for another large class of international undergraduates and with UI students exploring global study opportunities as part of their UI experience. As faculty members return to the classroom to take up teaching and mentoring duties, and as the collaborative work of IP’s programs and centers once again gets under way, I continue my work with Provost Butler and with leadership in the colleges, departments, and divisions across campus to set priorities, establish goals, and face new challenges as we begin the 2011-12 academic year.

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posted onAug19, 2011

By Chastity Dillard, The Daily Iowan

Sitting at her Mayflower kitchen table, adorned with a Hawkeye-symbol tablecloth, Yoon Kyung Lee, laughs while chatting with new friend, Effy Lee.

Both South Korean, the 20-year-olds instantly shared a bond as newly arriving international students for the fall semester.

“It’s not my first time coming to the U.S.,” Yoon Lee said, who at age 15 was a foreign-exchange student in Texas, “so adjusting here isn’t a big deal for me. The time difference is worse.”

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posted onAug17, 2011

Prof Frederick Smith from the University of Iowa joined the dharna in Mysore. The professor, who specializes in Sanskrit studies, sat in a corner and joined agitators in reciting bhajans. “There is corruption in other parts of the world too. But the way people are protesting in India is something unique,” he said. He’s associated with the Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development (V-LEAD), a unit of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement founded by R Balasubramaniam and currently visiting India with students from the US.

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posted onAug17, 2011

Fred Smith from the University of Iowa has lived in India for 16 years. He has seen ‘all kinds of corruption’ and is now doing all he can to end the social stigma

Bangalore Mirror

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posted onAug16, 2011

Goal is to encourage students to interact, overcome shyness

By Erica Pennington, The Gazette
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posted onAug16, 2011

By Lee Hermiston, The Press-Citizen

This week, hundreds of incoming international University of Iowa students will take English tests, meet with their academic advisers and attend sessions on American culture.

But first, they learned to do-si-do.

For at least 15 years, a square dance has been an integral part of the international student orientation. Hundreds of students filled the Iowa Memorial Union’s Main Lounge to take part in the festivities.

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posted onAug11, 2011

What: Panelists to Share Global and Local Volunteer Experiences
When: Monday, August 15, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, Room A

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posted onAug10, 2011

By Brittany Caplin for fyi

 

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posted onAug8, 2011

The following article spotlights Dave Bess, a UI graduate who studied abroad in Italy and went on to form the band Public Property. Bess explains how traveling and studying at the UI and abroad influenced his music.

By Stephanie Wise, The Iowa City Press-Citizen

Dave Bess has a chronic case of wanderlust.

It’s what brought the 30-year-old Oahu, Hawaii, native to Iowa City in the first place, then to New York City, Italy and all over Europe; and now, to Arizona, where he’s moving this month.

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posted onAug8, 2011

By Allie Grasgreen, Inside Higher Ed

WASHINGTON — One of the lesser-known factors in why East Asian students have trouble seeking counseling lies not in the Chinese or Taiwanese culture, nor in the upbringing of these students, nor in one of the numerous myths and stereotypes that follow them around campus.

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posted onAug2, 2011

Chinese students are coming to study at the University of Iowa in increasing numbers. In part two of this story, Guannan Huang spoke with some of these students to find out the difficulties they’ve had adapting to American culture.

By Stephen Schmidt, Iowa City Patch
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posted onAug1, 2011

Chinese students are coming to study at the University of Iowa in increasing numbers. In part one of this story, Guannan Huang speaks with some of these students to find out why, and what they think of Iowa City.

By Guannan Huang, Iowa City Patch
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