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posted onSep11, 2011

Playwright and director Gowri Ramnarayan will be speaking about the writing and staging of three of her plays during an upcoming visit to the UI. Monday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 172 of the Theatre Buliding Ramnarayan will discuss “Serpent Speak” and “Dark Horse” and Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. in Theatre B of the Theatre Building she will discuss “Water Lilies.” These events are free and open to the public.

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posted onSep9, 2011

University of Iowa student Gewiria Fadl entered a Best Buy store in Massachusetts one day in 2002 wearing a traditional Muslim headdress.

“Make sure she doesn’t have a bomb in there,” an employee manning the doorway said when the alarm at the entrance sounded.

Muslims across the country have experienced more incidents similar to Fadl’s since the four planes piloted by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field 10 years ago.

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posted onSep9, 2011

“When I think of all the memories from that day, tears actually come to my eyes—the emotions of that day and the days afterward are hard to forget. So many experiences in a short time. I think about how we were worried in Norfolk, where I was working at the time at Old Dominion University, that we would be attacked after the Pentagon, as the Norfolk area is the largest area of military bases on the East Coast. I remember frantically looking for the business card of a former student who had just visited me and was working for an international accounting firm in NYC, as his employer was just the type of employer in the World Trade Center, but, thankfully, he wasn’t located there.

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posted onSep8, 2011

Freshman enrollment at the University of Iowa is “right on target” this fall, school officials said Wednesday upon the release of fall census counts for students. This year’s freshman class remained steady with last year’s record-setting enrollment among first-year students.

This fall, UI welcomed 4,565 first-time freshmen, eight more than last year, when the number of new freshmen increased by nearly 500 students from the year before.

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posted onSep8, 2011

A group of nearly 20 school administrators from India are visiting Iowa City through Sept. 14 for a leadership summit about U.S. education systems, particularly that of the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Community School District.

For them, it’s an opportunity to learn instead of teach.

“They have questions about everything from, ‘How do you feed that many students in the school system?’ to ‘How do you implement technology in a meaningful way?’” said Liz Hollingworth, summit co-convener with UI geography professor Rangaswamy Rajagopal and a professor in the UI College of Education’s Educational Policy and Leadership Program. “(We hope they learn) how to cultivate students who are creative and have a deep understanding of the applications of math and science.”

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posted onSep7, 2011

Four Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) have arrived at the University of Iowa where they will spend the next year teaching Turkish, Portuguese, Hindi and Arabic. This year’s FLTAs are Zuhal Kasmer from Turkey, Clarissa Silva from Brazil, Sami Khan from India, and Othman Al Harrasi from Oman.

The teaching assistants will serve as cultural ambassadors for their home countries through presentations, classroom visits and other community events. They will also take two courses per semester as non-degree students during their year at the UI.

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posted onSep6, 2011

The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad will hold its annual study abroad fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre. All students are invited to attend to learn about international education opportunities.

Over 100 program representatives will be in attendance, including representatives from external institutions in Israel, Australia and Italy. Study Abroad staff, along with peer assistants and program directors, will be available to answer questions, and student returnees will share their study abroad experiences. Students can visit the financial aid table to speak with advisers about scholarships and other available funding for international study.

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posted onAug31, 2011

South Asian Studies Program Seminar

“Transforming Social Realities into Research Questions: Experiences of Working with Women in Forest Dependent Communities in the Western Ghats”

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posted onAug31, 2011

See a video from KWWL or read an article from the Iowa City Press-Citizen featuring this visit.

The following is a University of Iowa News Release

 

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posted onAug31, 2011

We open the third season of WorldCanvass® on September 23 at 5:00 p.m. with an exhilarating examination of comics as an international and artistic art form.

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posted onAug30, 2011

The University of Iowa has once again been selected as one of only 11 institutions in the U.S. to host Fulbright students from around the world for the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 10

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posted onAug29, 2011

West EastThis article is from China Daily.
Illustration by Zhang Chengliang

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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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