International Accents

E.g., Tuesday, November 25, 2014
E.g., Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ken Brown, professor and associate dean of the Undergraduate Program at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in the Republic of Korea at Seoul National University (SNU) early next year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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Eastern Germany saw improvements in living conditions and wages far in excess of those experienced by other countries in the Eastern Bloc. Was it a second Wirtschaftswunder?

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It sounds anti-social to prefer traveling alone, but so far that’s been the case. I haven’t left Germany. I cancelled a trip to Prague to avoid the annoyance of the Deutsche Bahn train strikes, but beyond that all my travels have been day-trips aside from one sleepover in Berlin.

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During my walk to class this morning I really took in the sights around me, looking back and remembering the time all of it was so strange and new. It was a huge accomplishment if I made it to class without getting lost. Now I try to get lost on purpose (not on my way to class though) so I can find the unfamiliar parts of town. When is the point in time where the strange and different becomes familiar, becomes home? Not only has my perspective changed, but I also feel different. In a very subtle way, like how your hair gets longer but you can't tell until you see pictures of you with short hair (my hair is in desperate need of a cut.)

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The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights in the College of Law sponsors the Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize each year, awarding prizes to one undergraduate and one graduate or professional school student. This year’s deadline is 5pm on Friday, December 19, 2014.

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A report released by the International Student and Scholar Services shows that since 2007, the university’s international student population has more than doubled. The population is currently at 4,360, the highest it’s been in the university’s history, and of that number, roughly 60 percent are undergraduates. Seven years earlier, there were 2,153 international students.

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The University of Iowa celebrates International Education Week as an annual opportunity to promote global awareness and engagement and to feature the international opportunities offered on our campus and in our community. Today, as never before, education must be globally oriented to prepare Iowans and students from around the country and around the world to move confidently across borders, to interact effectively with people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and to take pleasure in a life filled with inquiry and discovery.

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A study abroad experience during her undergraduate education at the University of Iowa led Cat Gaa back to Spain, where is now thriving post-graduation. Gaa received a B.A. in journalism and international studies from the UI in 2007 and now operates a small language school in Seville, Spain, writes and translates on a freelance basis, and is planning to launch a residency consultation firm.

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In rural India, water scarcity is the most obvious shared link between poverty, hunger and disease. According to the World Health Organization, 780,000 of the 10 million annual deaths in India are due to lack of basic health care amenities, such as effective sewage systems, elementary sanitation facilities and safe drinking water. Almost 90 percent of diarrhea cases are a result of contaminated water. When people have no ready access to water, their choices and freedom are constrained, and the results are far reaching.

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The United States and Chinese governments have agreed to increase visa lengths for business, tourism, and students. Student and student exchange visas were extended from the previous one-year limit to five years. Business and tourism visas increased to a length of 10 years.

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The University of Iowa will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 17-21 with several events and activities, including a public ceremony to honor 2014 International Impact Award recipients Roger Thurow, a UI journalism alumnus, and Selma Jeronimo, a physician who has worked closely with UI medical faculty and students.

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I'm going to start off by telling everyone it's 60 degrees outside, and I am FREEZING. This cold is giving me flashbacks to the polar vortex and -25 degree wind chill. Except it's 60 degrees. I am an Iowan in and out, 20 years of living with Iowa winters, and I have become soft. This place has changed me into the person that says, "Que calor!" At 80 degrees and "Que frio!" At 60 degrees.

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Our spotlight on current students falls on a graduate student new to the University of Iowa, but not new to the state: Anastasios “Tasos” Papachristoudis. Tasos is from Thessaloniki, Greece, and spent the last few years studying in Iowa as a undergraduate before coming to the University of Iowa for graduate studies.

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The next event in the European Studies Lectures series will explore translation and the European novel on Friday, November 21, 2014, at 3 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. Jordi Puntí will present the talk, titled "We have the same memory: A few ideas on translation and the European novel."

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A couple of weeks ago, I went on another trip through my study abroad program. It was full of many once in a lifetime opportunities, and I think this would be a good time to delve a bit more into what IES European Union is all about. My program is made up of 66 students from universities all over the country. While most of us are political science or international relations majors, there are also economics, business, and environmental majors here. We each take five classes. Each student is enrolled in a German language class as well as an EU integrative seminar.

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After winning five consecutive games and $89,398 in winnings last year, University of Iowa Study Abroad advisor Sarah McNitt will return to the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions this Thursday, November 13, to continue her trivia reign.

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Former Hawkeye linebacker Palmer Foster earned a scholarship to Durham University in Durham, England, to work on a master's degree and to play and coach football, or as it is known there, 'American football.'

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Lu Shen was interested in journalism long before she enrolled at the University of Iowa as a double major in Journalism and Mass Communication and Art. Shen, an undergraduate student from Hangzhou, China, studied for two years before making the decision to come to the U.S. She was encouraged by a favorite professor at home to take on the challenge of studying journalism in a U.S. university, and her parents also supported her decision.

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Alia Gant, a 2014 University of Iowa M.A. graduate in international studies, has been selected as a diversity scholar for 2014-2016 by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Gant is currently studying for her Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) degree at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information.

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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. Pavol Demeš, a Slovak expert on international relations and civil society, will speak on Slovak contemporary foreign policy at a free public talk Wednesday, Nov. 12.

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Steph Rue, a MFA candidate in Book Arts/Center for the Book at the University of Iowa, spent last summer studying the role of Buddhist spirituality in Korean papermaking in South Korea. The making of Korean paper, or "hanji," is an ancient craft that played an integral and often sacred role in the lives of Koreans for over 1,500 years. Like many traditions, Korean hand papermaking is rapidly declining, with only a few remaining masters of the craft. The purpose of Steph's research was to explore the sacred and spiritual role of hand papermaking in Korea before this important craft disappears.

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Please join the Iowa Chapter of the Fulbright Association and UI International Programs for the next Fulbright Lunch & Learn Seminar on Friday, November 7, from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Bring your lunch and hear from Joni Kinsey, professor of American Art History at the University of Iowa, who will present “Britain and ‘The American Turner:’ Transatlantic Inquiries into Art, Landscape, and Time.”

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See what University of Iowa students have been up to abroad through the lens of Instagram! From the mountains of New Zealand to the Globe Theatre in London to the villages of Nicaragua, UI students have explored nearly every corner of the world.

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Whenever you find yourself away from home for a while, it is easy to become homesick. It could be a one-time moment of utter longing to be at home with your family and friends, or it can come in waves. My first experience with homesickness abroad was triggered by something very common in Costa Rica: cockroaches.

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This past summer, I studied in Dublin, Ireland, attending the Irish Writing Program with several other UI students. Between the intensive writing workshops, literature courses, and program-sponsored events, it was a wonderful experience.

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