Join us on April 8 when WorldCanvass guests examine the public and private lives of women in Russia and Eastern Europe during the years since the collapse of the Soviet era. An international panel of guests will highlight the themes of a major conference taking place at the University of Iowa on April 7 and 8 called “20 Years after the Berlin Wall: Women’s Shifting Roles and Status in Post-Communist Europe.”
By Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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.
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.
A keynote lecture will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, by Dr. Willibrod Slaa, titled “The Current Political Situation in Africa: Evolving Trends in Political Power.” Slaa is Secretary General of CHADEMA, the leading opposition political party in Tanzania. He was the presidential candidate of CHADEMA in the 2010 general election and placed second after the incumbent president.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.