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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 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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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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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 in downtown Iowa City 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.

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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 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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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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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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