Photos by Karina Schroeder
The T-shirts have only been in stock two weeks, but University Bookstore general manager Richard Shannon said they have been selling well.
These aren’t just ordinary T-shirts. They are T-shirts printed with “The University of Iowa” in the five most commonly spoken foreign languages at Iowa: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
The hardest thing Rachel Nathanson had to do during her internship last summer was not do hands-on work. Sitting in the World Bank building, interning with the World Bank Inspection Panel, Nathanson did some desk research with internal bank documents, but the “doer” felt conflicted and stifled. A first-year law student, she said, she prefers to be “out in the field.”
Nathanson went to Washington, D.C., on a Harry S. Truman scholarship — 60 such scholarships are available nationwide — over this past summer after completing undergraduate degrees in economics and geography at the University of Iowa. She also earned a minor in Spanish.
The 2010 University of Iowa celebration of International Education Week will kick off early with UI President Sally Mason’s presentation of a new International Impact Award at the Friday, Nov. 12 WorldCanvass program, recorded live from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
By Katelyn McBride
Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
– John F. Kennedy, 1961
By Nora Heaton, The Daily Iowan
The gates to Havana could open once again for U.S. students.
The UI has penned its signature on a request sent to President Obama, asking the administration to lift restrictions on academic travel to Cuba.
A panel discussion about “Islamophobia,” human rights and religious freedom in America will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the Main Library on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.
This event will include discussion about some of the recent policy decisions and bans related to Islam and certain forms of religious expression. The panelists, each with a unique and specialized area of expertise, will address the stereotypes, misunderstandings and fears that contribute to this global problem of “Islamophobia.”
The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. It 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 film is:
In the wake of several highly publicized instances of labor violations in the Midwest, an upcoming conference at the University of Iowa will bring together labor leaders, immigrant rights advocates, community service providers and educators to discuss gaps between immigrant workers’ fundamental legal rights and the realities many workers face in Midwestern workplaces.
Last year, the small Zambian village of Libuyu needed a bridge in order to access the only school in the area without having to walk several miles around a dangerous river. But they didn’t have the resources. And when a group of students from the University of Washington backed out at the last minute, five engineering students from the University of Iowa stepped in.
This Thanksgiving, the same five students are going to Nicaragua to help another village.
By Jill Kacere, email@example.com
Jill Kacere is a senior at The University of Iowa majoring in international studies and minoring in Spanish. She is a communications intern in the Office of Communications and Relations in UI International Programs and president of the UI Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.
By Katelyn McBride
Photo credit: Rob Daniel, The Iowa City Press-Citizen
Presenter: Moussa Fall (French and Italian)
Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 8, 12-1 p.m.
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre
In an article originally published in the Global Times and reprinted in the China Daily on October 29th, Zhang Weiwei chided the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, for claiming that “human rights stand superior to state sovereignty.” Weiwei argues that this “obsolete Western tune” is a fallacy for three reasons: that standards on human rights vary from country to country; that no one (and certainly not the Nobel Committee) is authorized to determine what is or isn’t a violation of human rights; and that the notion that state sovereignty must bow to human rights is far from an accepted truth. Support for the latter assertion is found in the Charter of the United Nations, which lists the equality of sovereign states as its first principle.