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posted onFeb3, 2011

East Africa is the destination for the next WorldCanvass and you’re invited to come along as a member of the live audience.

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posted onFeb3, 2011

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.

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posted onFeb3, 2011

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.

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posted onFeb3, 2011

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.

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posted onFeb2, 2011

A University of Iowa student studying in Egypt is safe, and he has decided to stay in the country, even as protests continue, UI officials said Tuesday.

The student, who is enrolled at the American University in Cairo, has spoken with his parents, who subsequently contacted UI staff, said Downing Thomas, the dean of International Programs.

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posted onJan28, 2011

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, with screenings of Panic in the Streets (1950, Elia Kazan, 96 min.) & Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, Don Siegel, 80 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

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posted onJan26, 2011

Facebook is doing more than letting people connect with old friends these days. It’s facilitating a revolution. And it’s allowing one Tunisian woman living in Iowa City to keep up with the tumultuous politics at home.

On Tuesday, Asma Ben Romdhane, who teaches Arabic at the University of Iowa through the yearlong Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant’s exchange program, spoke to more than 80 people about the events of the last month in the northern African nation.

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posted onJan25, 2011

The University of Iowa has stepped up international recruitment in recent years, with the vast majority of foreign students coming from China. Now, they are looking for potential Hawkeyes in the country with the world’s second-largest population — India.

Fewer than 1 percent of the UI’s international students come from India, and now UI officials believe they have found a cost-effective — though historically controversial — way to reach out.

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posted onJan24, 2011

During the first day of class, I asked students enrolled in my survey course on the Islamic civilization to think of an important event from around the world. The first student to speak pointed out the return of a dictator to Haiti. The second student said that China flying its first Stealth airplane was a very significant event. Three other students spoke, pointing out various events, before a student mentioned the ongoing Tunisian revolution.

I asked how many students had even a vague idea about what has happened in Tunisia since Dec. 18, 2010; around 10 percent of them raised their hands.

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posted onJan24, 2011

“Film After Noir,” a UI film series for the spring semester, will include screenings of films not generally associated with the classic 1941-1958 noir cycle.

The series will focus on films produced between 1950 and 2000 that display or revise elements of classic noir. The screenings are free and open to the public and will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building through May 5.

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posted onJan24, 2011

How did a German Jewish cabaret performer escape the Nazis to become a world-famous artist, feminist and activist?

And why did her estate give her works and papers to the University of Iowa?

Learn the answers to these questions and more by visiting a new UIMA exhibition, Lil Picard and Counterculture New York, and by attending or listening in to the next WorldCanvass program at 5 p.m. Friday in the Old Capitol Museum.

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posted onJan24, 2011

The public is encouraged to attend the next recording of “WorldCanvass,” when guests will discuss the counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s. This free program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

The program will examine the social history of the U.S. during the ’60s and ’70s, a time when youth culture rejected traditional views on everything from patriotism and government to sexuality and recreational drugs. Guests will discuss the movement’s influence on film, theater, art and pop culture in decades to come.

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posted onJan23, 2011

University of Iowa students could soon have the chance to study abroad in once off-limits Cuba because of recent federal policy changes.

President Obama’s administration lifted restrictions on study abroad programs to Cuba on Jan. 14, overturning limits put in place by then-President George W. Bush in 2004.

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posted onJan20, 2011

Instead of staring at a PowerPoint presentation, Introduction to International Relations students could soon be gazing onto the beaches of Normandy.

University of Iowa students will no longer have to wade through all their general-education requirements in classrooms overlooking the Pentacrest. Instead, they’ll have the opportunity to take in London, Paris, or Florence.

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posted onJan20, 2011

By Downing Thomas

Last week, with my still fresh New Year’s resolution to read more (more international perspectives in the news, more contemporary literature), I found a fascinating article in Le Monde analyzing the strange fact that the French President has had no spokesperson for over two and a half years.  Most Western democracies put their spokespersons on camera regularly–daily in the U.S., twice per day in Britain, three times each week in Germany).  Yet, France, in its role as the exceptional democracy, has decided to do without.

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