By Ryan Cole, The Daily Iowan
Abdullah Azkalany knew something important had happened when his phone started ringing the morning of Feb. 11. Friends and family kept calling.
When the University of Iowa freshman and native of Egypt answered the phone, he got news he never thought he’d hear: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had stepped down.
University of Iowa political science student Dan Olinghouse, 25, is safe at home in Ankeny, but he’s spending much of his time online watching Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the turmoil in Egypt.
Olinghouse was taking part in a study abroad program in the country when the riots began.
By Lee Hermiston, The Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Last year, University of Iowa student Dan Olinghouse left for Egypt to study political science.
He ended up taking part in political history.
After returning to Cairo on Jan. 21, the Ankeny native took part in the protests that led to President Hosni Mubarak’s departure. From Iowa on Friday, he shared in the Egyptian people’s victory.
“I’m really excited for all the people in Egypt,” Olinghouse said Friday. “I’m really hopeful they continue to stick it out and get the things they need.”
University of Iowa political science major Dan Olinghouse was sitting in a café in Tarhir Square in downtown Cairo when the Egyptian protests erupted Jan. 25.
The 25-year-old UI junior from Ankeny was in his second semester of an independent study abroad program at the American University in Cairo when the historic revolution began sweeping the streets of Cairo.
What: “Notes Towards an Anthropology of Nothing: Humanitarianism and the Void”
When: Wednesday, February 16, 4-6 p.m.
Where: IP Commons, UCC
Who: Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
This article, which appeared in The Brown and White, a student newspaper at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, mentions the well-establish study abroad programs at The University of Iowa.
By Kathryn Suma
Lehigh students, along with college students across the country, are now able to visit the one island previously off limits to Americans – the once forbidden Cuba is now an option for study abroad.
The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 10, with a screening of Kiss Me Deadly (1955, 106 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
The UI Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome Camilla Townsend to the UI Wednesday, Feb. 16, for a talk, “Alias ‘Don Luis,’” at 4 p.m. in Room 302 of Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Autumn Tallman’s experiences abroad inform the work she does today. She remembers the challenge of deciding whether or not to come out while participating in a high school study abroad program in Israel at age 15.
“Being far from family and friends without my usual support system was harder than I imagined it would be,” says Tallman, who has served as a study abroad advisor and program coordinator in the University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad since 2002.
East Africa is the destination for the next WorldCanvass and you’re invited to come along as a member of the live audience.
I have been going to Egypt on a regular basis since 1985. I’m often accompanied by my students from the University of Iowa College of Law, and we’ve visited the courts, parliament and universities, meeting with lawyers, judges and law professors and learning about the legal and political system there. We have also met students, merchants, security men, university officials, and, especially, tourist guides, learning even more about the country and building relationships that endure to this day.