Aiming to build strong ties between students of the US and Pakistan, the US Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) is ready to launch a summer programme for students of 11th and 12th standard.
The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, March 31, with a screening of Get Carter (1971, Mike Hodges, 112 minutes), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
Steven Ungar, UI professor of French and Comparative Literature, will lead post-screening discussions.
“Sustaining Art Forms,” a forum to discuss how various early art forms have been reproduced in the 21st century, will be held Thursday, April 7, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Toko Igarashi, professor at Joetsu University of Education near the west-central coast of Japan, visited campus on March 21st as part of Joetsu’s longstanding ties to our College of Education. She was able to relate from personal experience and in great detail the terrible events that came during and after the devastating earthquake that hit on March 11th. Toko was able to reach the Tokyo airport by car, and described seeing seeing middle-aged Japanese men with golf equipment heading for a flight to Hawaii, a surreal vision following the devastation and hardships of recent weeks. We were pleased that, in such trying times, Toko was able to visit the University of Iowa to affirm our relationship with Joetsu and to plan future cooperation.
By Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
An upcoming conference funded by a University of Iowa International Programs Major Project grant will look closely at the status of women in Russia and Eastern Europe in the years since the collapse of the Soviet era.
Yume Hidaka, a native of Kagoshima in southwest Japan, crouched under desks with her head safely covered during practice drills every year from elementary school through college to prepare for a potential earthquake.
“We all knew that it could happen sometime sooner or later to any part of Japan. But of course no one expected it to be that big,” Hidaka said, referring to the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit her home country on March 11, 2011.
By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan
Dinner-table conversations at the Kjaer house centered around politics and ideas. Growing up near her Danish grandparents and a father who taught world history, life for Joan Kjaer revolved around diverse cultures.
“I never thought the world was a scary place,” she said. “I just wanted to know more.”
The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) is partnering with Iowa City’s Working Group Theatre and other local organizations to end gender identity-related discrimination, oppression and bullying through two upcoming events inspired by the “It Gets Better Project,” a worldwide movement to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) youth. Both of these events are free and open to the public.
Update: Willibrod Slaa’s trip is cancelled and he will not be giving the keynote lecture or speaking at the March 31 ICFRC
The UI African Studies Program will hold a symposium titled “The Future of Multiparty Democracy in East Africa” on April 1-2 in 1117 University Capitol Centre as part of an International Programs major project grant. All events are free and open to the public.
What: South Asian Studies Program seminar
When: Thursday March 31, 2011, at 4 p.m.
Where: 468 Phillips Hall
Who: Eric Colvard, a doctoral candidate in history
Topic: “Drunkards Beware!: Temperance and Nationalist Politics in India in the 1930’s”
Music journalist Dave Tompkins will speak about the evolution of the vocoder as a useful tool in World War II to now being the ubiquitous voice of popular music at 4 p.m., Friday, April 1, in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.