Japan is the focus of the United Nations Day of Older Persons third-annual celebration Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. The event is free and open to all ages.
The next WorldCanvass program from UI International Programs will explore “New Culture and New Welfare in South Asia: the Arts in India” at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The production is part of a larger UI conference of the same name from Oct. 6-8, and all events are free and open to the public.
Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and treasurer of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the opposition party headed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, will be a special guest of WorldCanvass Studio on October 3. The live program will take place from 2-3 p.m. in Room 2780 University Capitol Centre and is free and open to the public.
I was born in Togo, a country in West Africa, and raised in Moline, Ill. Coming to the University of Iowa was exciting for me because I thought my days of culture shock were behind me, but I was wrong.
“Diversity” isn’t a word people associate with a city in Iowa. Many are unaware of the number of diversity programs our university has to offer, and even more are unaware of how diversity affects them. This may be because of the lack of attention given to the UI’s multicultural organizations. We have more than 50 of these.
Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and a major opposition figure in Zimbabwe, will be featured at two upcoming events: a WorldCanvass Studio program at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Room 2780 of the University Capitol Centre (UCC); and a Careers for Change lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Room 1117, UCC. Both events are free and open to the public.
Is the making of art in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka since Independence a matter of privilege that rests with donors, patrons, and ministries of culture? Or, on the contrary, is art a necessity for life, like food and shelter, which ordinary people need to relieve the dreariness of poverty? On the October 7 WorldCanvass, we’ll explore the relationship in South Asia between different sorts of art and different levels of income (folk art, classical art, ritual art, studio art, public art) in order to answer the question of who makes and who consumes music, song, poetry, painting, dance and film.
This fall, numerous interrelated events at the University of Iowa and in Iowa City will be devoted to creative and critical encounters with “comics,” the somewhat awkward term encompassing newspaper strips, comic books and what are now rather pretentiously (and often erroneously) called graphic novels.
What?!? Comic books at a major research university, amid the serious fiction and poetry that defines this town? Is there any greater evidence for the ongoing decline of academic and cultural standards!?! (Even subdued punctuation now seems at risk.)
Hoping to reverse that trend, the university spent $115,000 in budget year 2007-08 on international recruitment, including sending staffers to recruiting fairs around the world. That investment has paid off, said Scott King, UI assistant dean of international programs.
This fall, the University of Iowa will bring together students, faculty and the community for a wave of events focused on the ever-growing world of comics — including comic strips, comic books and graphic novels.
The UI will host a wide variety of hands-on activities, exhibitions, discussions and other public events. Leading comic artist-authors and scholars will meet Oct. 5-8 in Iowa City for “Comics, Creativity and Culture: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” a symposium sponsored by the university’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, International Programs, and the UI Museum of Art (UIMA).
The University of Iowa European Studies Group Fall 2011 Lecture Series begins Friday, Sept. 23, with a talk by Mona Krook entitled “Tensions in Political Inclusion: Women and Minorities in Electoral Politics” at noon in Room N202 of the Lindquist Center. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Krook will explain how prevailing norms of citizenship in France and the United Kingdom have shaped campaigns for political inclusion, resulting in solutions for women that have not been extended to racial and ethnic minorities. She is an assistant professor of political science and women, gender and sexuality studies at Washington University, St. Louis.
WorldCanvass will kick off the 2011-12 season with a program featuring "Comics, Creativity and Culture" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in
the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.The monthly television and radio series from University of Iowa International Programs will continue each month with its tradition of lively discussion of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art, all surrounding an international theme. WorldCanvass takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. All programs are free and open to the public.
Corey Creekmur sometimes opens his comics class with a text that might seem odd even to comics aficionados: Nancy newspaper strips.
“Early Peanuts and Nancy strips seem so simple,” he says. “But read carefully, they are more subtle than they look—they demonstrate how comics work.”
Creekmur, associate professor of English, and other UI scholars like Ana Merino and Rachel Williams are introducing students and colleagues alike to the study of comics. Together they’re charting comics’ storytelling language, political and cultural rhetoric, and creative potential—and they have joined forces to put the University on the comics studies map. (Learn more about the comics symposium)
A group of teachers from India are in Iowa City getting an education of their own.
The group of about 20 toured schools in the Iowa City district and attended lectures at the University of Iowa. The visit is an opportunity to showcase the University to people in another country.
Indian officials hope to pick up on things the United States education system does well, and implement those ideas into their curriculum.
WorldCanvass will kick off the 2011-12 season with a program featuring “Comics, Creativity and Culture” from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.
The monthly television and radio series from University of Iowa International Programs will continue each month with its tradition of lively discussion of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art, all surrounding an international theme. WorldCanvass takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. All programs are free and open to the public.
University of Iowa departments are teaming up to improve job opportunities for international students.
And with a record number of international students at the university this fall, students said they’re happy to have more options.
“There has been a really nice transition in this last year,” said Scott King, the director of the International Student & Scholar Services. “Services for international students aren’t all in this office.”