An unusual face, in an unusual setting. One that immediately stood out from the crowd. But Fred Smith considers himself more Indian that most. A professor of Sanskrit from the University of Iowa, USA, Smith was part of a 200-strong crowd which had gathered at Gandhi Square, Mysore, to protest social activist Anna Hazare’s arrest in Delhi. The dharna was led by Dr R Balasubramaniam, founder of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM).
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Goal is to encourage students to interact, overcome shyness
By Erica Pennington, The Gazette
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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.
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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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.
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.
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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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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By Rob Daniel, The Press-Citizen
Carnivale in Trinidad and other parts of the Caribbean is a mixture of different cultures coming together to celebrate, bringing together elements such as French foxes, Spanish horses and African spiders.
Another part of the party can be a Chinese dragon, which was toward the front of a long parade of children around the Iowa City Public Library and the pedestrian mall and included Luke Becker, 10, of Iowa City, and his sisters, Emma, 9, and Cora, 6.
“I liked ringing the bells on the dragon and shaking around,” Luke said.
Service in the 50-year-old peace agency shapes
This article is from the July 2011 issue of Spectator.
By Sara Epstein Moninger
By Chastity Dillard, The Daily Iowan
The Rev. Mark Kiyimba was forced to leave his Ugandan home in March for his safety.
The gay-rights activist, now in the United States, stood before a captivated church crowd Sunday morning to discuss Uganda’s gay rights issues.
Though he’s not gay himself, Kiyimba has traveled from church to church across the United States for the last 12 weeks, hoping to raise awareness of a Ugandan anti-homosexuality legislation.
Unprecedented cuts were made by Congress to International Education and Foreign Language Studies for the current fiscal year. While a $50 million reduction may not seem terribly large in the context of a federal budget of more than $3 trillion, this particular cut amounts to a 40% decrease in funding for these areas, affecting U.S. Department of Education programs in particular.
Following a shaky six-year peace agreement, the birth of the Republic of South Sudan is the final stage in the hopes of ending decades of war.
And for University of Iowa student Grace Nyoma, the separation is a welcome change.
“This is the best thing that could of happened for Sudan,” she said.