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posted onMar11, 2011

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.

Private investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired out of the blue by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband, Hollis Mulwray, whom she suspects is having an affair. Gittes photographs Hollis with a young woman, but when it turns out that the woman was an impostor hired as part of an elaborate set-up, the real Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) allows him to continue his investigation. After Hollis is murdered, secrets involving the Mulwray family as well as plans involving the city’s water system come to light. Gittes is caught within mysteries and corruption, whose links he sees only too late.

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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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posted onMar11, 2011

By Mark Carlson, SourceMedia Group News

Shaw Akutsu lives in Iowa, he grew up in Iowa, and the only place he wants to be this spring break, is in Japan.

“I honestly just want to be over there, just so that I know where my parents are and that they are safe,” he said.

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posted onMar11, 2011

By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan

Harb Harb has traveled to the Middle East before to see how the health-care systems work.

And now, the fourth-year medical student wants to expose fellow students to those experiences.

Four medical students from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine are planning to travel to the West Bank at the end of this month to explore the health-care system’s hospitals and refugee camps.

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posted onMar10, 2011

IOWA CITY – An official with the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington, D.C., will speak at midday Friday at the University of Iowa. Jiri Ellinger, head of the political section of the embassy, will lecture on ‘The Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States in a Tumultuous World.’ The talk and luncheon – both free and open to the public – will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. No preregistration is required, and the lecture will begin at noon.

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posted onMar10, 2011

A new UI lecture series will explore and celebrate East Africa beginning Tuesday, March 22, with a talk by Valerie Hoffman titled, “Celebrating Muhammad, Remembering God: Sufism in Egypt” at 6 p.m. in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. All lectures are free and open to the public.

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posted onMar10, 2011

Sociolinguistics expert E. Annamalai will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, March 24, to discuss the changing linguistic scene in India. His talk, titled “Challenges to Indian Multilingualism,” begins at 4 p.m. in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

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posted onMar10, 2011

University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine has offered global programs throughout the world, but where four students will travel later this month is a first.

The fourth-year medical students will experience the first medical elective in the West Bank. Not only will the students receive hands-on medical practice, but the group will see, firsthand, the effects of political turmoil on health care.

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posted onMar10, 2011

This announcement appeared in the Press-Citizen.

Jirí Ellinger, head of the political section of the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington, D.C., will speak Friday on “The Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States in a Tumultuous World.” The talk and luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Center, and both are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required, and the talk will begin at noon.

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posted onMar9, 2011

The University of Iowa African Studies Program’s spring Baraza series will continue Wednesday, March 23, with a lecture titled “Poetry in the Time of AIDS: Kiswahili Poetry and the HIV-AIDS Pandemic,” presented by Aldin Mutembei (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania). The talk will take place in 315 Phillips Hall at 4 p.m. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

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posted onMar7, 2011

By Kendall McCabe, The Daily Iowan

See the original article, photo slideshow and a video here.

Children of Arabic descent in the United States get teased and called such names as “Osama” and “terrorist” each year around the anniversary of 9/11, said Shams Ghoneim, the former president of the Consultation of Religious Communities of Johnson County.

It even happens in Iowa City.

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posted onMar4, 2011

Le Samouraï

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Mar. 10, with a screening of Le Samouraï (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville, 101 min), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

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posted onMar3, 2011

Jiří Ellinger, head of the political section of the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington, D.C., will be speaking Friday, Mar. 11, on “The Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States in a Tumultuous World.” The talk and luncheon are free and open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Center.

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