International Accents

E.g., Friday, October 31, 2014
E.g., Friday, October 31, 2014

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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“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 annual Charles A. Hale Lecture in Latin American Studies will be presented Thursday, October 16, by Joseph D. Straubhaar on the topic of “The Iberian Pre- and Post-Colonial Roots of the Latin American Television Regional Market: The Case of Brazil.”

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The popular Moroccan fusion group Hoba Hoba Spirit shared its music and artistic vision on a special edition of WorldCanvass at FilmScene on Thursday, Sept. 25. The WorldCanvass Studio program was produced in partnership with Hancher as part of Hoba Hoba Spirit's week-long Iowa City residency. Here is a "ReCap" of the event with access to hear the full program.

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In light of the announcement by the Iowa City Police Department regarding the tragic death of Ms. Shao Tong, an international student at Iowa State University in Ames, International Student and Scholar Services wishes to reach out to all international students here at the University of Iowa. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Shao, the Iowa State University community, and all international students impacted by this.

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There are many things a regular person would be worried about when attending a new school in another country. Will the classes be hard? Will the teachers speak English? Will I be able to keep up?

However, the one topic of my concern was… will there be air conditioning?

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When RuiHao Min took his girlfriend to an Italian restaurant during his freshman year at the University of Iowa, a polite gesture turned faux pas when he ordered for his date and received an undesirable entrée, but also a potentially lucrative idea: Blue Cheese.

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As the number of international students at the University of Iowa continues to rise, the campus remains committed to providing opportunities to promote interaction with domestic students. A new endeavor for the 2014-2015 academic year is the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). The 12-student committee will serve as a channel for increasing domestic-international student interactions and improving international students' experiences at the University of Iowa, while functioning as a joint committee of both the graduate and undergraduate student governments.

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Sometimes, meeting a new person can be stressful because of the unknown. But that wasn’t the case for University of Iowa seniors Hyejung Kim and Jade Manternach. Even though their hometowns are thousands of miles away, Kim and Manternach say they knew their introduction through the International Buddies at Tippie program would go well because they already had at least two things in common—the desire to gain a new friend and learn from each other.

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Nicky Fish graduated from the University of Iowa this past spring — but has to wait almost a year to depart on her new journey with the Peace Corps. Fish said one of the most difficult aspects of process was the application. “It probably took me about two months to get through,” Fish said. “Honestly though, the hardest part is all the waiting. By the time I leave, it will have been a little over a year since I first applied, which is a pretty average timeline, but it is hard to work your life around.”

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International Student and Scholar Services is pleased to announce the first recipients of the new International Parent of the Year award. Mr. Chu Qian and Mrs. Chu Shaoying are the parents of Yiwen, currently a sophomore studying Art and Secondary Education.

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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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Translator application Blue Cheese is rapidly gaining popularity among students and local food venues in Iowa City.

Blue Cheese is an app available on the iTunes store that translates restaurant menu items into Chinese with the tap of a finger. The app has had more than 80,000 downloads so far and is a "best app" winner on iTunes.

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Youjia Hua is changing the lives of both educators and parents in China, but he teaches from the University of Iowa.

Hua, a UI associate professor of education, was awarded a Strategic Global Initiatives Award, which gave him $10,000 to develop a class sequence to teach classes for special-education teachers and parents of children with disabilities about behavior analysis.

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Two days prior to our trip, I had an unexpected adventure in Freiburg. One evening, I managed to slice my knee open on a sharp metal railing at a friend’s apartment. All of you who know my tendency to accidentally get injured are probably rolling your eyes right now. Long story short, it was a bloody mess, and I got to take a ride in an ambulance to a German hospital. After figuring out the insurance and filling out some forms, I got six stitches, a bonus tetanus shot, and I was back home within two hours of the original injury.

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