By Katelyn McBride
By Samantha Gentry, The Daily Iowan
A conductor who previously had touched the community through her music now reaches Iowa City through promoting the cultures of those outside of the United States.
Van Allen Elementary students got to try something different Monday — dancing to Afro-Cuban beats. “It’s cool and different,” said Austin Carter, 8, a third-grader. Van Allen had a school-wide assembly with special guests, the University of Iowa Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble, as part of the first annual International Day. The purpose was to expose students to dances, games, art projects and other traditional customs of a variety of cultures.
This is a guest opinion from the Iowa City Press-Citizen by UI history professor H. Glenn Penny
The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre screenings with a talk on Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” Wednesday, Dec. 15, presented by Kim Marra. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D and are free and open to the public.
Marra is a professor of American studies and theatre arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The UI Latin American Studies Program is sponsoring three events as part of Amazon Week:
Wednesday, Dec. 1
What: Film Screening and discussion with director: “Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration,” directed by Laura R. Graham, David Hernández Palmar and Caimi Waiassé, (2009).
When: 7 p.m.
Where: 1505 Seamans
Part of the UI Center for Human Rights “Careers for Change” series
By Nina Earnest, The Daily Iowan
Despite harsh economic times, University of Iowa students are continuing to find the means to study overseas.
Nationwide, the number of students who studied abroad for credit dropped slightly in 2008-09—the first time such a decrease has occurred since the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange first released numbers 25 years ago.
The last “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.
This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.
This week’s films is:
Nina Earnest is an International Studies B.A. candidate.
Daily Iowan reporter Nina Earnest has been awarded second place in the 2010 Hearst Foundation feature-writing contest.
She was recognized for her work on an article “Education on hyper drive,” published Oct. 28, which told the story of four gifted siblings between the ages of 10 and 16 enrolled at the University of Iowa.
Earnest spent six weeks meeting with the eldest sibling, Gohar Manzar — a first-year biomedical-engineering doctoral student — and her family.
The UI Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome visiting scholar Carlos de la Torre for a lecture, “The resurgence of radical populism in Latin America,” from 12:30-1:30 Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the commons of Schaeffer Hall, room 302. This event is free and open to the public.
This spotlight from The Daily Iowan features Evelyn Cardenas, a UI student working toward degrees in business administration and international studies. Originally from Guatemala, Cardenas has studied in Japan, traveled to Mexico and participated in a Haiti relief fundraiser, among many other community service projects.
By Amy Tiffany, The Daily Iowan
Title: Pornography and Censorship in Japanese Slasher Films
Presented by: Miri Nakamura, Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University
When: Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Where: 101 Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB)
By Brian Morelli, The Iowa City Press-Citizen
A semester studying abroad turned into much more for a University of Iowa student who received a 2010 award recognizing academic accomplishments while studying overseas.
Lauren Sieben, 21, a UI senior from Naperville, Ill., traveled to Philadelphia to accept the Council on International Educational Exchange 2010 Student Recognition Award earlier this month. She was nominated for an article she wrote about a controversial class required in Spain’s school system during her time studying in Seville, a city in southern Spain.
This is an excerpt of an article that appeared in The New York Times. See the full article here.
By Jeffrey Gettleman
NYAL, Sudan — Joseph Gatyoung Khan made a vow, uttered in the back seat of a Land Cruiser on a very bumpy road, as he headed home for the first time in 22 years: I will not cry.
Interest in the Peace Corps is increasing at University of Iowa, the university’s Peace Corps representative said.
“It is definitely increasing. With the Peace Corps itself, participation is increasing,” Mahy Gall said. “I think there is a renewed interest in the U.S. in community service.”