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posted onFeb14, 2011

Dan Olinghouse is a revolutionary. He may not look the part, dressed in a fleece jacket and drinking a double espresso — the closest thing he can find to an ’ahwa, or Egyptian coffee — in an Iowa City coffee shop.

But the third-year University of Iowa political-science major was one of thousands of protesters who filled Tahrir Square, calling for the departure of 30-year Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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posted onFeb14, 2011

The University of Iowa Latin American Studies Program will welcome Camilla Townsend to UI for a talk, “Alias ‘Don Luis,’” at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 302 of Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

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posted onFeb14, 2011

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 Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” Monday, Feb. 21, presented by Robert Ketterer. 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.

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posted onFeb14, 2011

The UI INdIA Winterim study abroad program will hold an student-moderated conference this Saturday to allow over 125 recent student participants and instructors to share various aspects of their program experience. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in W151 Pappajohn Business Building. This event is free and open to the public.

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posted onFeb14, 2011

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.

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posted onFeb11, 2011

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.

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posted onFeb11, 2011

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.”

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posted onFeb10, 2011

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.

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posted onFeb10, 2011

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 17, with a screening of Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960, 109 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

On impulse, office secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) steals $40,000 from her employer and decides to drive from Phoenix, AZ to northern California, in order to start a new life with her lover, Sam Loomis (John Gavin). Pulling over at night during a rainstorm, she meets a friendly young man named Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who runs a motel while caring for his mother. Crane accepts the man’s offer of a sandwich and they talk for a while. The talk with Bates convinces Crane to drive back to Phoenix the next day and return the money. She goes to her room to take a shower before retiring for the night.

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posted onFeb7, 2011

What is “nothing” in the context of the humanitarian experience? In this paper, I use “nothingness” as a means of staying morally proximate to IDPs in order to understand why the activities of humanitarians, so carefully documented for donors, fail to register as gifts or as statist care in the eyes of their beneficiaries. Using Alain Badiou’s concept of the void, I examine the problem not only of “having nothing,” but also “doing nothing” and “being nothing.” In doing so, I begin to go beyond Badiou’s formal presentation and to develop nothingness as anthropological concept and lived experience.

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posted onFeb7, 2011

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.

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posted onFeb6, 2011

The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will present Francesco Dalla Vecchia Thursday, Feb. 17, for a talk titled “At the Origins of the Love Duet: Monteverdi’s and Cavalli’s Shared Strophic Arias.” The event is free and open to the public and begins at 4:30 p.m. in Gerber Lounge of the English Philosophy Building.

Dalla Vecchia will explain the difference between a shared strophic aria and a duet, which are often confused, and how this type of aria was used in 17th-century opera for two dramatic functions: the expression of two lovers’ harmonious bond and the contrast of verbal confrontation. This talk will further examine the use of shared strophic arias in the work of composers Francesco Cavalli and Claudio Monteverdi.

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posted onFeb4, 2011

This talk took place January 25, 2011. To learn more about the presentation, visit here or contact Denise Filios at denise-filios@uiowa.edu.

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posted onFeb4, 2011

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.

Kiss Me Deadly is director Robert Aldrich’s and screenplay writer’s A. I. Bezzeride’s take on Mickey Spillane’s novel of the same title. Private detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) picks up hitchhiker Christina Bailey on a dark highway in the middle of the night. Soon after, gangsters overtake them, killing Bailey before sending her and an unconscious Hammer over a cliff in Hammer’s pristine white XK120 Jaguar convertible. When Hammer wakes up in a hospital three days later, he senses that Christina must have been involved in something serious. With the help of his assistant, Velda (Maxine Cooper), he sets out to solve the mystery of a box — dubbed “the great whatzit” — whose contents are supposedly worth a fortune.

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