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posted onMar22, 2011

Commentary by Bob Libra for the Press-Citizen

How can there be a world water crisis on a planet that is two-thirds covered with water? The other third, with an uneven distribution of fresh water supplies, is covered as well — with 7 billion water-users.

Water to drink is a basic need, but fresh water has many other uses. Water means food. Water means energy. Water means sanitation. Water means ecosystems that work. Water means security. And water means profit.

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posted onMar22, 2011

By Michelle McConnaughey, The Daily Iowan

In the Japanese school where James O’Hollearn works, students are now served milk and bread for lunch every day. Power outages across the region don’t allow other food to be refrigerated.

O’Hollearn graduated from the University of Iowa in 2008, and he is staying in Yamanashi. Though he’s 250 kilometers away from the damaged nuclear plants and the other devastation of the tsunami, he’s still feeling the effects.

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posted onMar21, 2011

The following report appear in the Financial Express. The report focuses on a recent conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which Scott King attended. King is the assistant dean of International Programs for the International Student & Scholar Services.

There are currently seven students from Bangladesh studying at The University of Iowa.

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posted onMar21, 2011

The following was featured in fyi, the UI faculty and staff newsletter. Sidel is also an International Studies faculty member.

Law professor Mark Sidel is working closely with the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam to develop legal and judicial reforms in a country where he’s no stranger.

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posted onMar17, 2011

The following commentary for the Des Moines Register was written by Michael and Diane Sondergard after they visited their son, Jeffrey, a UI student studying abroad in Pau, France. Photo by Michael and Diane Sondergard.

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posted onMar14, 2011

This announcement appeared in Eastern Iowa Life.

“Starving for Water: The Global Water Crisis” is the topic at the next “WorldCanvass” program Friday, March 25. The program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in a new location, Room 2780 of the University Capitol Centre. It is free and open to the public.

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posted onMar11, 2011

Chinatown movie, man taking picture

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, March 24, with a screening of Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski, 130 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

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posted onMar11, 2011

By B.A. Morelli, The Press-Citizen

Local residents and students tried to contact loved ones affected by Friday’s deadly tsunami that rocked Japan and sent people scrambling in Hawaii and West Coast cities.

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posted onMar11, 2011

The University of Iowa has nine students studying in Japan. Six are in Nagoya, about 220 miles southwest of Tokyo, and those students felt the quake but their city had no serious damage. One on an exchange program at a university in the Tokyo area is fine and has been in touch with her family. The other two students, who are on programs not affiliated with the university, are fine as well – one in in Kofu, 70 miles west of Tokyo, and the other in Hirakata, more than 300 miles southwest of Tokyo.

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posted onMar11, 2011

By Mark Carlson, SourceMedia Group News

Shaw Akutsu lives in Iowa, he grew up in Iowa, and the only place he wants to be this spring break, is in Japan.

“I honestly just want to be over there, just so that I know where my parents are and that they are safe,” he said.

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posted onMar11, 2011

By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan

Harb Harb has traveled to the Middle East before to see how the health-care systems work.

And now, the fourth-year medical student wants to expose fellow students to those experiences.

Four medical students from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine are planning to travel to the West Bank at the end of this month to explore the health-care system’s hospitals and refugee camps.

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posted onMar10, 2011

The following announcement appeared in The Gazette.

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posted onMar10, 2011

A new UI lecture series will explore and celebrate East Africa beginning Tuesday, March 22, with a talk by Valerie Hoffman titled, “Celebrating Muhammad, Remembering God: Sufism in Egypt” at 6 p.m. in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. All lectures are free and open to the public.

See Hoffman’s biography and abstract below.

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posted onMar10, 2011

Sociolinguistics expert E. Annamalai will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, March 24, to discuss the changing linguistic scene in India. His talk, titled “Challenges to Indian Multilingualism,” begins at 4 p.m. in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

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