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When University of Iowa senior Kayla Cemensky was weighing her options for study abroad destinations, she found herself intrigued by Cuba. Intrigued, and a little nervous. Cemensky is taking a course on art and literature during her stay, but after President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced that the United States is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years, Cemensky said she expects to learn about more than just culture.

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International Student and Scholar Services has been very fortunate to work with some wonderful students over the years who devote much of their time outside the classroom to building a strong community for international students. Dr. Evans Ochola is one of those students who remains a friend to ISSS long after finishing his degree programs at the University of Iowa.

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“From Enthusiasm to Skepticism: a Changing European Union” is the theme of this year’s European Studies Conference, to be held Friday, December 5, 2014, at the University of Iowa. The sixth-annual European Studies Conference will explore Europe and its links to the world from diverse areas of scholarship.

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Words like gender, identity, and sexuality are used to categorize individuals… they’re used to sort out qualities and characteristics and to group ‘like’ types together. They can refer to specific physical attributes, to sexual preferences, or to psychological affinities that may or may not reflect the socially-defined constructs of masculine and feminine traits and behaviors. Our guests on the December 9 WorldCanvass will explore what we mean by gender and identity and will help us understand how they affect the ways in which we see ourselves and others see us. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5 p.m. at FilmScene, 118 East College Street in Iowa City.

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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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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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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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When you visit Indonesia, if you spend any time in Jakarta, one of the first words you’re apt to hear is macet. It means ‘stuck’. It refers to the traffic. And it’s true. But Indonesia is a large country, consisting of between 13,000 and 17,000 islands with some 300+ ethnic groups speaking over 700 languages—a wealth of diversity in the fourth most populous country in the world.

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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 Univesity of Iowa Tippie College of Business is planning a new initiative to let UI students and Iowa businesses work together on expanding globally. The UI’s Institute for International Business is creating a program in which students work in groups of four or five with a small business in Iowa to analyze risk and assess markets to help build a foreign entry strategy.

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