International Education Week

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week celebrates the many ways international education and exchange opportunities prepare citizens for community building in both national and international settings. The week is officially observed Nov. 17-21, 2014, although the UI celebration will begin Nov. 11.

Join International Programs in celebrating International Education Week 2014 on the UI campus. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Are you a University of Iowa alumnus? During International Education Week, we will be sharing some of the stories of our alumni through Virtual Homecoming. Take a moment to join Virtual Homecoming by sharing stories or photos from your time at Iowa.

2014 Photo and Video contest student winners announced

Tuesday, November 11

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Introductory Session

Date: November 11
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre 
Contact: Karen Wachsmuth,

Would you like to teach English, study, or do research or creative projects abroad for an academic year at no cost? Come to this introductory information session about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program presented by Andrew Riess, the Fulbright Assistant Director of Outreach for the Scholar Program at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) in Washington D.C. He will be joined by Karen Wachsmuth, International Fellowships Specialist, and UI alumna and current Fulbright awardee Sophie Amado, who will Skype in from Madrid, Spain to discuss her experiences with the English Teaching Assistantship program.

Stanley Information Workshop

Stanley Awards Information Session

Date: November 11
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Karen Wachsmuth,

Karen Wachsmuth, International Fellowships Specialist, will be joined by Senior IRB Education and Compliance Specialist Kelly O'Berry and several of last year's Stanley Award student grantees to discuss strategies and timelines for putting together a successful application.

There and Back Again: Opportunities to Return Abroad

There and Back Again: Opportunities to Return Abroad

Date: November 11
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre

Once the travel bug bites, we know it can be hard to shake. This event is designed to offer returned study abroad students information on international opportunities outside of credit-bearing study abroad, such as teaching abroad, internship and volunteer abroad options, graduate school abroad, Peace Corps, the Fulbright Program for international research and teaching opportunities, and other work abroad opportunities. More Information

Wednesday, November 12

Slovakia’s Post-Communist Journey in a Shifting Europe

Slovakia’s Post-Communist Journey in a Shifting Europe

Date: November 12
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Luis Martin-Estudillo,

November 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Since that time, Slovakia has worked hard to overcome the communist legacy and become a modern state and part of the Euro-Atlantic democratic family. Now crises in Central Europe, such as Vladimir Putin’s efforts to rebuild Russia’s military and increase his influence in former Soviet bloc nations and the nationalism of Prime Minister Orban in Hungary, make for a very unsettled Central Europe that could challenge the stability of democracy in Slovakia. Pavol Demeš, a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., will speak on Slovak contemporary foreign policy at this free public talk. More Information

Calligraphy Workshop

Date: November 12
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: 2520C University Capitol Centre
Contact: Erin Mullins,

Workshop participants will get hands-on experience using calligraphy ink and brushes. No previous experience with Chinese or calligraphy is required. This session will be facilitated by Xi Ma, curriculum coordinator for the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa.

Stanley Speakeasy

Date: November 12
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Place: The Sanctuary, 405 S Gilbert St.
Contact: Karen Wachsmuth,

Past Stanley Award grantees, including students from the Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from their work and discuss their international experiences. The Stanley Undergraduate and Graduate Awards are given annually to outstanding University of Iowa students for the pursuit of learning activities in international studies that are not available on the UI campus.

Thursday, November 13

Study Abroad info session: Academic Year in Freiburg

Date: November 13
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Place: 315 Phillips Hall
Contact: Kerby Boschee,

Students interested in study abroad in Germany are encouraged to attend this event. Learn how you can earn credit toward your degree as you study abroad in Germany. Topics covered will include eligibility requirements, applying credit toward the German major and minor (or other majors), scholarships for study abroad, and living in Germany.

Archaeology with the Classics Department: Information Session for programs abroad

Date: November 13
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: Jefferson Building, Room 220
Contact: Elijah Fleming,

Join us for an information session on the archaeological field schools offered in summer 2015 in Tel Azekah, Israel, and Gangivecchio, Sicily. This session is only open to students. Snacks will be provided. See the event poster.

People of Color: Representation & LGBTQ

Date: November 13
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: 345 Nebraska Room, Iowa Memorial Union
Contact: Brittney Reed,

This event will shed light on a topic that is often overlooked: identifying as a person of color and LGBTQ. Ms. Kendra Malone from the Chief Diversity Office will present a program that will have various ways that the community can support this minority and ways in which those individuals can deal with their surroundings better. More Information

Friday, November 14

Lan Samantha Chang & Elizabeth Willis

Date: November 14
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Dey House, 507 N Clinton St. 
Contact: Connie Brothers,

Iowa Writers' Workshop Director and Professor of Fiction Lan Samantha Chang will read from her work with Visiting Professor of Poetry Elizabeth Willis. More Information

Saturday, November 15

UICHR 15th Anniversary

Date: November 15
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: 2520D University Capitol Centre

In recognition of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights’ 15th anniversary, the UICHR staff and Board will host an event to explore the current state and future direction of human rights related scholarship, applied research, and creative production in representative fields from across campus. Speakers appointed by collegiate deans on the UI campus will share their thoughts on how (and whether) human rights as a moral/ethical/philosophical concept, legal framework, and/or guide for consciousness and conduct provide opportunities for innovative thinking in their fields of activity and study in and/or beyond the Academy. Each speaker will also share their predictions for the future path of scholarship, research and creative production related to the exploration of human rights in their field. The members of the Advisory Board involved in the Programming Committee will assist with the afternoon panel that features an extended discussion of human rights work in our local and statewide community. More Information

Monday, November 17

Global Internship Info Session: Madrid, Paris, London, Hong Kong

Date: November 17
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: S326 Pappajohn Business Building
Contact: Stephanie Grebe,

Gain both internship and study abroad experience this summer through the London, Hong Kong, Paris, or Madrid Global Internship programs. Participants gain valuable work experience in their areas of interest while earning University of Iowa credit. Come learn more about the value of international internships and which location might be right for you. This session is geared toward business students.

drawing of man reading script

The Pathology of Texts: S.M. Katre & Indology

Date: November 17
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: University Capitol Centre, Room 1117
Contact: Fred Smith,

Pranav Prakash is a UI graduate student in Religious Studies. He recently returned from more than a year and a half in Tehran, where he completed an M.A. program in Classical Persian literature. At this South Asian Studies Program (SASP) seminar, he will speak about the politics of manuscript collections there, and compare it with the seminal stages of similar work he is undertaking in India.

schooling the world

“Schooling the World” Film Screening & Discussion

Date: November 17
Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Place: Iowa Theatre (Room 166), Iowa Memorial Union
Contact: Lindsay Jarrett,

Schooling the World takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply troubling look at the role played by modern education in the destruction of the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures. Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers. A global panel discussion will follow the screening of this documentary. Sponsors: Chief Diversity Office, International Student and Scholar Services, Native American Council. More information

Educate for the Future: Teach in the Peace Corps!

Date: November 17
Time: 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Meredith Mahy Gall,

Teachers in the Peace Corps make a difference in the lives of their students and the development of their host countries. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will share their stories of teaching in developing countries. The UI Peace Corps representative will also be on hand to answer questions about how you can make an impact and have a life-changing experience as a Peace Corps teacher. This session is open to all majors: If you do not have teaching certification, there are other ways to qualify for education assignments. Visit to explore teaching positions.

Tuesday, November 18

the cycle of poverty, hunger and disease

WorldCanvass: The Tenacious Cycle of Poverty, Hunger, and Disease
Featuring the presentation of the International Impact Awards

Date: November 18
Time: 5-6:30 p.m. (social hour 4-5 p.m.)
Place: FilmScene
Contact: Joan Kjaer,

Journalist, author, and activist Roger Thurow and tropical medicine specialist Dr. Selma Jeronimo have been named the winners of the 2014 International Impact Awards. UI President Sally Mason and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas will present the awards to Thurow and Jeronimo at 5 p.m., November 18, at FilmScene as part of the television/radio/internet program WorldCanvass. The ensuing discussion will focus on the tenacious cycle of poverty, hunger, and disease which afflicts so many parts of our globe—and some of the creative efforts worldwide to break the cycle. Following the program will be a catered reception and a free screening of “The Last Hunger Season” documentary. More Information

dumpling workshop

Dumpling Workshop

Date: November 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Mayflower Hall
Contact: Amy Baumgartner,
*This event is not open to the public*

The Confucius Institute will hold a Chinese dumpling making workshop for UI students in the “Spoken Here” Living Learning Community. (See a photo slideshow from this event!)

Wednesday, November 19

High Tea and Global Internships

Date: November 19
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Place: Pappajohn Business Building, Howe Galleria (S101)
Contact: Stephanie Grebe,

Have you ever experienced High Tea? As a London intern this summer, you very well may! Learn about summer internship opportunities in London, Hong Kong, and domestic locations with the University of Iowa partner Dream Careers. Stop by and have some tea, while learning about the benefits of interning abroad and expanding your global network. This session is geared toward business students.

UI student stands in front of train in Italy

Study Abroad 101

Date: November 19
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Place: Pappajohn Business Building, Room S104
Contact: Matt Edwards,

Curious about study abroad but don't know how to start exploring your options? Come to this session for an overview of Tippie programs, as well as popular UI programs for business students, and get all your questions answered about study abroad. This session is geared toward business students.

Global Internship Info Sessions

Date: November 19
Time: 12:30 p.m. (London), 1 p.m. (Hong Kong)
Place: Pappajohn Business Building, Room S364
Contact: Stephanie Grebe,

Gain both internship and study abroad experience this summer through the London and Hong Kong Global Internship programs. Participants gain valuable work experience in their areas of interest while earning University of Iowa credit. Come learn more about the value of international internships and which location might be right for you. The University of Iowa partner Dream Careers will be hosting the session and talking about internship placement and what it is like to work abroad. This session is geared toward business students.

Trivia Night

Date: November 19
Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Yuhao Chen,

Meet new friends and show off your trivia prowess! Snacks and refreshments will be provided and no registration is required to attend. This event, which is part of the Life in Iowa series, is open to all University of Iowa students.

Thursday, November 20

Curricular Designs for Global Learning: A Nafsa Academic Programs Faculty Conversation

Date: November 20
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Lee Seedorff,

How are colleges and universities reimagining undergraduate curricula and majors to help students thrive in a globally interconnected world? Many institutions include as part of their mission statements promises to prepare all of their graduates for active, successful engagement in the global community. Such promises are often more easily made than kept. In this session, experts will share their own experiences of redesigning general education programs that incorporate global learning.

Faculty Conversations are designed for faculty members, academic leaders, researchers, and international educators interested in student learning outcomes and the educational experiences—curricular and co-curricular—created to help students gain and practice global knowledge, skills, and perspectives. The UI has registered for this event and other across campus are invited to join at no charge. More Information

Friday, November 21

we have the same memory

We have the same memory: A few ideas on translation and the European novel

Date: November 21
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: 315 Phillips Hall
Contact: Luis Martin-Estudillo,

Jordi Puntí will present this European Studies Lectures series talk, titled "We have the same memory: A few ideas on translation and the European novel." Puntí is an author, translator, and regular contributor to the European press. He is currently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to attend any of these events, or for more information, contact Joan Kjaer in advance at 319-335-2026 or