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posted onOct25, 2011

The International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa will welcome Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian author Wole Soyinka to the UI Sunday, Nov. 6. He will take part in two free, public events: He will receive the Rex Honey African Studies Lectureship Award, presented by the UI African Studies Program, at 3:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library; and he will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. in the Englert Theatre.

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posted onOct24, 2011

Abstract: By analyzing a single trophy photograph by West German enfant terrible Herbert Tobias and viewing it as both a material object and performative practice, Evans suggests ways to move beyond the documentary impulse towards a methodology that captures and historicizes key and distinct elements of queer life in the era of the Sexual Revolution. At the intersection of artist intent, socio-historical context, and individual interpretation, she argues, erotic photography can answer a host of historical questions about same-sex desire and visibility, provided we are willing to embrace affect and subjectivity as serious categories of historical investigation.

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posted onOct24, 2011

Here in the QCA, students are learning about why the conflict a world away affects them here at home. Professors said students at the University of Iowa have been tuned in to Libya’s fight for democracy and are watching history unfold as the era of tyranny comes to an end.

Leo Eko works as a journalism professor and Co–Director of the African Studies Program at U of I. He said students want to know what’s going on at home and abroad.

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posted onOct24, 2011

The “Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” film series continues Friday, Oct. 28, with a screening of “Yunagi City Sakura Country” at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public.

This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. The final screening will be “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.

A display of award-winning furoshiki designs will be featured at each screening as well. The Japan Foundation’s annual furoshiki design contest for college students serves as an opportunities for people overseas to learn about furoshiki, a Japanese wrapping cloth that can be used as gift wrapping, a shopping bag, and décor, among many other uses.

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posted onOct21, 2011

WorldCanvass will kick off the University of Iowa’s observance of International Education Week with the presentation of the second annual International Impact Award and an examination of the experience of being the other from 5-7 p.m., Friday, November 11, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the formal program.

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posted onOct21, 2011

U.S. colleges are seeing an influx of students from India due to the highly competitive atmosphere in Indian education.

At the University of Iowa, the Indian population has remained the third-largest international student group on campus for more than 10 years because of that.

Freshman Alisha Lal said she chose the UI because the pre-medicine programs in India are too tough

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posted onOct19, 2011

Raúl Marrero Fente, an associate professor of Spanish and law at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture on Silvestre de Balboa’s epic poem “Espejo de paciencia” Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Room 315, Phillips Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

In particular, Marrero Fente’s presentation will address ecopoetics as a site of transatlantic exchange between Spain and Cuba.

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posted onOct19, 2011

Ken Botnick has been printing and publishing works in limited edition for over 25 years, first as co-proprietor of Red Ozier Press in New York, and today under the imprint emdash in St Louis. His work is found in rare book collections around the world, including The Getty Center for Humanities, The Library of Congress, The Newberry Library, the Yale Arts of the Book Collection, libraries at Smith, Harvard, Wellesley and notable private collections. Botnick’s design work has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts for its “50 Books/50 Covers” exhibit ( 2008), and by the American Association of University Presses. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in 2006 to support his residency at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, and at other leading Indian design institutes. His two primary research areas are in visual perception and, in India, the role of craft practice as a component of design thinking. He is Professor of Art at Washington University in St Louis where he directs the Kranzberg Book Studio.

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posted onOct19, 2011

Scotland, Australia, Singapore, Japan and Brazil were some of the countries that were presented at the Global Village open house on Oct. 16, 2011.

Plenty of multicultural fun was had as students living in the Global Village set up multiple booths around the 8th floor of Mayflower, each one showcasing a different country. Each booth had samples of food from the chosen country along with other cultural artifacts.

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posted onOct18, 2011

A free public screening of the documentary “abUSed: the Postville Raid” will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building. The film recounts the Postville, Iowa, raid of Agriprocessors, Inc., one of the largest, most expensive, and most brutal immigration raids in the history of the United States.

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posted onOct18, 2011

Members of the public can learn about the history of Mongolian folk music group AnDa Union, as well as learn their unique guttural throat singing technique, during two free events Oct. 27 and 28 sponsored by International Programs.

The Confucius Institute will host an interactive throat singing workshop Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. Members of AnDa Union will lead workshop participants through the traditional techniques that define their musical style.

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posted onOct18, 2011

University of Iowa freshman Charlene Woolson had no trouble deciding which country to showcase during the Global Village open house in Mayflower residence hall Sunday night.

“I love everything that is Japanese culture,” said Woolson, 18. “I love Japan, and I’ve been there. It makes the choice a little easier.”

What was harder was explaining the Japanese dish Woolson made for the open house. Her dish, strawberry daifuku was strawberries covered in sweet red bean paste, which is in turn covered in mochi — a dough made with rice flour and sugar.

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posted onOct17, 2011

WorldCanvass Studio host Joan Kjaer will join in conversation with organizers of the conference Oct. 27 from 5-6 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The program will be recorded by UITV for later distribution over Iowa cable television, Iowa Public Radio, and through an iTunes podcast. Learn more about this program.

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posted onOct17, 2011

The “Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” film series continues Friday, Oct. 21, with a screening of “Harmful Insect” at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public.

This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. Additional screenings include “Yunagi City Sakura Country” on Oct. 28 and “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4, both at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.

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posted onOct14, 2011

“Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” is the theme of a new film series at the University of Iowa, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a screening of “One Million Yen Girl” at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public.

This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. Additional screenings include “Harmful Insect” on Oct. 21, “Yunagi City Sakura Country” on Oct. 28, and “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4, all at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.

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