International Accents

E.g., Sunday, October 19, 2014
E.g., Sunday, October 19, 2014

The European Studies Group will present a guest lecture by Sheryl Kroen of the University of Florida on "Narrating the Postwar with Robinson Crusoe" at noon on Friday, October 24, 2014, in Room 2390 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public and a light lunch will be provided.

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The weekend started by getting on the bus in Istanbul at 9pm. There were about 50 of us and we were mainly exchange students who went to various universities in Istanbul. Our first stop was Salt Lake. This place is very unique because it is the second largest lake in Turkey, and much of the salt used in Turkey is taken from this lake. The place we went to on Salt Lake actually had no water, and we could walk out far from “shore.” It was quite cold, but it was very cool to walk on the ground which was basically solid salt. I even tasted some of the salt!

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One of the first things I learned in high school German was, “Was machst du in deine Freizeit?” This means, “What do you do in your free time?” It’s one of those seemingly useful questions that doesn’t work here because Germans don’t do small talk.

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About two weeks ago, I went on a day trip to the Swiss Alps. We were supposed to hike up a mountain in a place called Engelberg, but had to reorganize our trip due to a festival in a small Swiss town where cows were descending from their mountainside pastures, thus closing off the road. (Seriously, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.) So instead of hiking, we ended up making our ascent up a different mountain via gondola – a first for me!

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Brazil lives in the popular imagination as an exotic, tropical landscape whose glorious beaches offer stunning vacation destinations. For some, the mention of Brazil stirs thoughts of unrestrained logging, all-but-unknown indigenous populations along the Amazon and over-crowded cities where the disparities between rich and poor couldn’t be sharper. And yet for others, Brazil is a 21st-century powerhouse, bursting with plentiful natural resources and rich with development opportunities.

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A 30-year relationship between Hebei Province in China and the University of Iowa might soon be taken to the next level. The UI International Programs, in partnership with the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures as well as Iowa Sister States, has recently been awarded a grant to open an American Cultural Center in Hebei.

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New investments in scholarships are key elements in the university’s plan to attract more high-achieving students and boost enrollment across the board including a new $1,000 Iowa Abroad Scholarship for Iowa residents.

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October 8th. Can you believe it? I can't. It's been more than a month abroad, and somehow I'm still surviving. Actually, I know how I'm surviving. With lots of pastries and tea.

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The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, International Programs, and the International Writing Program are jointly hosting several events next week featuring Ye Mimi, a Taiwanese poet and filmmaker, and Steve Bradbury, a poet, essayist, and associate professor of English at National Central University in Taiwan. All these events are free and open to the public.

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The South Asian Studies Program in International Programs will welcome Howard Spodek, professor of history at Temple University, to speak about his recent research in the city of Ahmedabad on Monday, October 13, from 4-6 p.m. in Room 2390 University Capitol Centre.

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Interested in learning Taiji? Join the Confucius Institute for a free, five-week class! Classes will meet October 21 to November 18, 2014, on Tuesday evenings from 6:40-7:40 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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Although many people in Europe know English, especially in the cities, they are not always willing to speak it. During my first week in Vienna, Austria, I learned this the hard way. Austrians learn English in school, but don’t use it very often.

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University of Iowa law Professor Mark Osiel was recently invited to Colombia by the Republic of Colombia and the Organization of Ibero-American States, an inter-governmental organization dedicated to promoting human rights in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. “Since this is my area of scholarship, I’m periodically invited to countries undergoing transitions from war to peace and from authoritarianism to democracy,” he said. “Their leaders and citizens, including victims’ organizations, ask me to explain the range of possibilities for what’s loosely called ‘transitional justice.’ ”

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In recognition of its ongoing commitment to educational exchange between the U.S. and China, the University of Iowa was recently chosen as one of eight signature partners of the 100,000 Strong Foundation for 2014-15. With this new partnership, the UI hopes to increase the number of students studying abroad in China and increase the number of American students studying Mandarin language.

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The University of Iowa has incorporated several new events into Homecoming Week to help students get more involved and give back to the community. Another initiative to keep a larger population of students involved is also being implemented. Virtual Homecoming will allow international and domestic alumni who aren’t able to be there to experience Iowa’s Homecoming in person to be able to experience it online.

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“Góðan daginn! Do you need any help sorting your sheep?” I asked in butchered Icelandic, tapping an older woman in waders on the shoulder. She stopped directing sheep traffic and shook her head. Although she probably spoke English fluently, she apparently didn’t have the time to spare when tourists such as myself were eager to help. Instead of answering my question, she pulled an older man over for me to talk to and walked away.

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Sandra Spieler, the McKnight Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award winner for 2014, will visit Iowa City Oct. 16-17 for a community arts forum and puppet workshops, all free and open to the public.

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As the only institute of its kind in the Midwest, King Sejong Institute at the University of Iowa will bring Korean language and culture to the Iowa City community, beginning Oct. 9 with a public kickoff celebration.

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Time is different in Germany. It's more than just the 7-hour difference from Iowa, the 9-hour difference from my father in California, and the 10-hour difference from my mom in Alaska; time is more valuable here.

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Please join the Iowa Chapter of the Fulbright Association and UI International Programs for a presentation by Christopher Merrill on “The Next Frontier of Learning? MOOCs and the Writing University.” The event will be held Friday, October 10, 2014, from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in 11117 University Capitol Centre.

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Pankaj Rishi Kumar's 2012 documentary film In God's Land describes the formation and troubles of a small farming community and their village called God Sudalai Swami, addressing the larger issue of development and forcing the audience to recognize that the ideals of development, economic prosperity, rarely benefit those affected.

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The African Studies Program in UI International Programs will host an informal reception Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, to welcome the fall African writers-in-residence of the International Writing Program. The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 2780 University Capitol Centre, next to the School of Music.

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The University of Iowa will host an opening ceremony for its new King Sejong Institute (KSI) on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom on the UI campus. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to share in Korean food, culture, and learn about the courses and programs that will be offered by KSI.

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Undergraduate students interested in study or research abroad opportunities are invited to attend a special information session on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, from 5-6 p.m. in C107 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB). Learn how to get real-world experience with hands-on research, build your resume or strengthen your grad school applications, and make the world your classroom by exploring less-traveled destinations.

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The state of Iowa’s long-standing ties to Hebei Province in China will continue to strengthen with a new American Cultural Center opening in the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang next year. The center will offer educational and cultural programming in Iowa’s sister state of more than 30 years, and Hebei community members will be able to participate in Iowa's summer, state-wide bike tour RAGBRAI.

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