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posted onMar24, 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.”

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posted onMar24, 2011

From University News Services

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.

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posted onMar24, 2011

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.

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posted onMar23, 2011

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”

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posted onMar23, 2011

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.

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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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