The so-called “Jasmine Revolution,” the fierce sandstorms of mass protests that started in Tunisia in 2010 and are currently sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East–leaving in their wake fleeing dictators, cowed autocrats, and countries in war and turmoil–were whipped up on social media sites in cyberspace before they took human form in real space. The revolt of the proverbial “Arab street” was incubated in the online social media.
What: The “Celebration of East Africa” spring lecture series
When: Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m.
Where: 14 Schaeffer Hall
Presented by: Pamela Kaduri
Topic: “Research on Tobacco Addiction in Tanzania”
They were half a globe removed from the calamities that befell their native country last month, but in the weeks since, members Iowa City’s Japanese community have been doing all they can to lend a hand. The University of Iowa’s Japanese Students and Scholars Club sold baked goods, origami crafts and T-shirts to raise money for Red Cross disaster relief Sunday at UI’s annual Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival. Club member Atsushi Yahashiri, a post-doctoral research scholar in microbiology at UI, said his group and other Japanese organizations in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area have rallied together since the March 11 earthquakes and tsunami.
Con artist Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) travels between the U.S. and Europe selling forged paintings at inflated prices. Approached by a Parisian racketeer looking for someone to murder a rival, Ripley points him to a picture framer, Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz), allegedly dying of a blood disease and in need of money to help his family. The racketeer (Gérard Blain) persuades Zimmermann to commit a first murder in Paris. When he proposes a second hit to take place on a train, Tom steps in to help.
Hennadige N. Thenuwara, an expert in design of economic policy, will present an upcoming lecture on how the government of Sri Lanka designed economic policy amidst the 35-year civil war that lasted until 2009. The talk is titled “Economic Policies and Public Finance in Sri Lanka: Did War Expenditure Matter?” It will be held Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
By B.A. Moreill, The Press-Citizen
If there was ever a contest for a confluence of major life events, Sabah Hassain Enayah might take the prize.
In August, Enayah, 31, moved her young family from Iraq to a new home in a new country with only a minimal handle on the language. Within 10 days, she gave birth by Cesarean section to her third child, and four days later was in class at the University of Iowa.
This announcement appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will host several events related to labor rights and the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. All events are free and open to the public.
By Alison Sullivan, The Daily Iowan
Political uprisings in numerous Middle Eastern countries and a disaster in Japan have kept study-abroad offices on their toes and in touch with students abroad this semester.
“This semester has had the most challenges in terms of study abroad and security of students,” said Janis Perkins, the director of the University of Iowa Office of Study Abroad.
And officials at many universities nationwide echo Perkins.
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.
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.
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.
The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host several events related to labor rights and the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. All events are free and open to the public.
A series of “talk-back” sessions in conjunction with the UI Department of Theatre Arts’ production of “Triangle” will be held April 7-10 at Theatre B of the Theatre Building. The talks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. after the 8 p.m. shows April 7-9, and at 3:30 p.m. after the 2 p.m. matinee April 10. Speakers include UI faculty and other local experts on labor rights.
The University of Iowa African Studies Program’s spring Baraza series will continue Monday, April 4, with a lecture titled “Home and abroad: Expanding opportunities for Swahili students at The University of Iowa,” presented by Blandina Giblin and John Njue. The talk will take place in 1117 UCC at noon. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.