The following opinion piece by Ahmed E. Souaiaia appeared in Examiner. Souaiaia is a UI associate professor in International Programs, Religious Studies and the College of Law.
The University of Iowa 2011 Second Language Acquisition (SLA) graduate student symposium will take place Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, in 2520D, University Capitol Centre. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Death and spirituality in the poetry of Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, will be discussed in an upcoming lecture at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, in 315 Phillips Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.
George Handley will be speaking on “The Metaphysics of Nature in the Poetry of Derek Walcott.” He will focus on the clash between materialism and metaphysics in the natural world in Walcott’s recent poetry, as well as in some of his unpublished work.
By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan
The Arab Students Association wants the University of Iowa community to look beyond the turmoil that’s rocking Libya, Syria, Yemen, and a host of other Middle Eastern states.
Today marks the second day of a week of activities designed to teach students about the culture and day-to-day life in the Middle East — with a healthy dose of political discussion thrown in. It’s the UI’s first Middle Eastern Awareness Week.
By Alison Sullivan, The Daily Iowan
To the vibrant thump of the drums, Habibatu Timbo’s body jerked and swayed, her long tangerine skirt flying about her.
What do a ukuleleist, a manager, and a Chihuahua have in common? All are characters in a short film by two University of Iowa graduate students that was recently selected to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Lisa Johnson is a Stanley graduate award recipient. She is going to the Czech Republic this summer to conduct research related to the project described in the article below.
By Max Freund, The Daily Iowan
Eight women stand shoulder to shoulder on a cold cement floor. Their voices mingle and bounce off the barren, gray walls. They are welcoming, beckoning anyone who will listen to take a ride on a train through their lives.
Two events collectively themed “Don’t Forget Sudan” on Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, hope to encourage public discussion and awareness of the current situation in Sudan regarding the referendum and the social and political climate. Both events are free and open to the public.
In one of his two trips to South Africa, Brian Buh ate a stew of cow intestines and liver to not be rude – despite being a vegetarian. While in Bolivia, he biked down Yungas Road, later named by the UN as the “world’s most dangerous road” because of its average yearly fatalities. He has been living in Chile since August, 2010, taking classes at the Universidad Nacional Andres Bello as part of the USAC program. In May he will graduate from the UI with degrees in Religious Studies, Political Science, and International Studies, as well as with a minor in Spanish.
The Arab Students Association (ASA) will be hosting Middle Eastern Awareness Week from April 24th to April 30th, 2011. Throughout this week, ASA and other middle-eastern cultural organizations will be hosting a series of speakers and events, ending the week with ASA’s keynote event DANCE OF ARABIA 2011, the largest Middle Eastern event in the state of Iowa!
The political and social climate of the Middle East and North Africa will be examined in “The Arab Spring: Interpreting the Current Events,” a panel discussion featuring a group of local experts, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the International Programs Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
**THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELED**
The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will present its final lecture in the 2010-11 series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in high-definition theatre screenings with a talk on Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il trovatore,” presented by Roberta M. Marvin. The lecture will be held Tuesday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D. This event is free and open to the public.
Marvin is Interim Associate Dean of International Programs at The University of Iowa and director of OSF.
The following editorial appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Iowa has much to be proud of in terms of its history of civil rights for gays and lesbians.
» Not only because the Iowa Legislature and governor in 2007 added sexual orientation and gender identity of the list of protected categories in the state’s civil rights code.
» Not only because the Iowa Supreme Court in 2009 unanimously recognized that gay and lesbian Iowans have as much right to marry their partners as heterosexual Iowans do.