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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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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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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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“I study linguistics, and generally, we’re trying to figure out what’s possible, what’s impossible, and trying to understand why some things are impossible and never seen. And along with that, trying to understand what those limits can tell us about our brain, cognition, how we think, things like that.”

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The University of Iowa College of Dentistry has created a new professorship that will focus on increasing the college’s connection with the international community. While various faculty positions with international priority do exist at the UI, officials said this position is the first on campus to work exclusively on the development of international components. Dan Caplan, the head of the UI Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, will fill the Christiansen Professorship.

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At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, WorldCanvass will explore contemporary Brazil. Our immense neighbor to the south—comprising roughly the same land mass as the U.S.—is the world’s fifth largest country and seventh largest economy. Bursting with biodiversity and undergoing rapid development, Brazil faces a host of tough choices for both its people and the natural environment. Our discussion will reach beyond the brilliant beaches and soccer arenas to reflect on the multi-cultural legacy of Brazil’s complex past as seen in everything from its language to uniquely Brazilian artistic expressions to the political and social dynamics that are actively shaping the Brazil of the 21st century.

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Kelsey Frisk’s adventures in Sweden started with studying abroad and ended with researching reindeer herding communities. UI students can learn about study abroad opportunities at the annual fair Tuesday, Sept. 16.

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“I wonder if U.S. customs will let me bring one back?” This was the question that kept running through my mind as I stared with awe and googly eyes at the reindeer and their calves all morning. It was finally the moment I had been waiting for, to conduct research in Northern Sweden in a Sámi, reindeer herding community. When I received my first call to attend the tagging of the reindeer calves, I was both nervous and excited. My thoughts were racing. Would they accept me?

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It’s midnight in the north of Sweden, just below the Arctic Circle, and I can’t fall asleep. It’s not because I’m anxious or had one too many cups of coffee (which is often the case) but because the sun never sets! Most homes and hotels have blackout blinds or curtains, but my current home, a tent, doesn’t. I decided, after a few restless nights, that I should buy a sleep mask. In the end, I have to admit, camping in the beautiful nature that surrounds me is well worth the lackluster quality of sleep I’ve had.

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Eight University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2014-15.

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