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posted onNov5, 2010

This article is from the November 2010 IP newsletter.

By Katelyn McBride

Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.

– John F. Kennedy, 1961

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posted onNov4, 2010

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.

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posted onNov4, 2010

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.”

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posted onNov4, 2010

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:

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posted onNov4, 2010

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.

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posted onNov3, 2010

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.

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posted onNov3, 2010

By Jill Kacere, jill-kacere@uiowa.edu

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.

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posted onNov3, 2010

Presenter: Moussa Fall (French and Italian)
Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 8, 12-1 p.m.
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre

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posted onNov1, 2010

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.

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posted onNov1, 2010


Photo by Ricky Bahner

This article appeared in The Daily Iowan. See the original article here.

By Nora Heaton

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posted onNov1, 2010

Alan Drew, author of “Gardens of Water,” the book chosen for the 2010 “One Community, One Book” project, will speak Sunday, Nov. 7, in C20 Pomerantz Center at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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posted onNov1, 2010

This announcement appeared in the arts section of The Daily Iowan on Nov. 1, 2010.

Edmundo Paz-Soldán of Cornell University will read at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., at 5:30 p.m. today from two of his books as well as segments of his forthcoming novel. The professor of Latino literature will also present a lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the International Programs’ Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre.

Paz-Soldán will read from Desencuentros and Los vivos y los muertos, and from his upcoming Notre in Spanish.

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posted onOct31, 2010

Jael Silliman will present "Making Women Safe in India: Innovative Campaigns, Diverse Audiences and new Initiatives” on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.

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