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E.g., Sunday, April 26, 2015
E.g., Sunday, April 26, 2015

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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I'm going to start off by telling everyone it's 60 degrees outside, and I am FREEZING. This cold is giving me flashbacks to the polar vortex and -25 degree wind chill. Except it's 60 degrees. I am an Iowan in and out, 20 years of living with Iowa winters, and I have become soft. This place has changed me into the person that says, "Que calor!" At 80 degrees and "Que frio!" At 60 degrees.

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Our spotlight on current students falls on a graduate student new to the University of Iowa, but not new to the state: Anastasios “Tasos” Papachristoudis. Tasos is from Thessaloniki, Greece, and spent the last few years studying in Iowa as a undergraduate before coming to the University of Iowa for graduate studies.

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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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A couple of weeks ago, I went on another trip through my study abroad program. It was full of many once in a lifetime opportunities, and I think this would be a good time to delve a bit more into what IES European Union is all about. My program is made up of 66 students from universities all over the country. While most of us are political science or international relations majors, there are also economics, business, and environmental majors here. We each take five classes. Each student is enrolled in a German language class as well as an EU integrative seminar.

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After winning five consecutive games and $89,398 in winnings last year, University of Iowa Study Abroad advisor Sarah McNitt will return to the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions this Thursday, November 13, to continue her trivia reign.

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Former Hawkeye linebacker Palmer Foster earned a scholarship to Durham University in Durham, England, to work on a master's degree and to play and coach football, or as it is known there, 'American football.'

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Lu Shen was interested in journalism long before she enrolled at the University of Iowa as a double major in Journalism and Mass Communication and Art. Shen, an undergraduate student from Hangzhou, China, studied for two years before making the decision to come to the U.S. She was encouraged by a favorite professor at home to take on the challenge of studying journalism in a U.S. university, and her parents also supported her decision.

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Alia Gant, a 2014 University of Iowa M.A. graduate in international studies, has been selected as a diversity scholar for 2014-2016 by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Gant is currently studying for her Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) degree at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information.

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November 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Since that time, Slovakia has worked hard to overcome the communist legacy and become a modern state and part of the Euro-Atlantic democratic family. Pavol Demeš, a Slovak expert on international relations and civil society, will speak on Slovak contemporary foreign policy at a free public talk Wednesday, Nov. 12.

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Steph Rue, a MFA candidate in Book Arts/Center for the Book at the University of Iowa, spent last summer studying the role of Buddhist spirituality in Korean papermaking in South Korea. The making of Korean paper, or "hanji," is an ancient craft that played an integral and often sacred role in the lives of Koreans for over 1,500 years. Like many traditions, Korean hand papermaking is rapidly declining, with only a few remaining masters of the craft. The purpose of Steph's research was to explore the sacred and spiritual role of hand papermaking in Korea before this important craft disappears.

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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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See what University of Iowa students have been up to abroad through the lens of Instagram! From the mountains of New Zealand to the Globe Theatre in London to the villages of Nicaragua, UI students have explored nearly every corner of the world.

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Whenever you find yourself away from home for a while, it is easy to become homesick. It could be a one-time moment of utter longing to be at home with your family and friends, or it can come in waves. My first experience with homesickness abroad was triggered by something very common in Costa Rica: cockroaches.

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This past summer, I studied in Dublin, Ireland, attending the Irish Writing Program with several other UI students. Between the intensive writing workshops, literature courses, and program-sponsored events, it was a wonderful experience.

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A symposium exploring opportunities for international heath research and collaborative training programs will be held at the University of Iowa Friday, November 7, 2014, from 3-5 p.m. in Room 2117, Medical Education Research Facility (MERF).

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Jeffrey Ding, a political science, economics, and Chinese major in his third year at the University of Iowa, had an exciting summer. An Iowa City native, Ding accepted an internship in Hong Kong through the Tippie Global Internships Program. While there, Ding worked closely with Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, through which he was able to observe the intense political situation in the city as well as write articles, news stories, and policy proposals.

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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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The University of Iowa ranks 121st among the world's 500 “Best Global Universities,” according to the inaugural global rankings published by the magazine U.S. News and World Report. The magazine also ranked the top 100 institutions in a variety of fields. The University of Iowa ranked 57th in psychiatry/psychology, 77th in microbiology, and 91st in clinical medicine.

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As I walked down the Obispo, a popular street with many stores and restaurants, I could see people as pale as rice paper or as dark as the night sky but in Cuba there is no white and black, you are just Cuban.

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I’m close to my halfway point in my study abroad experience, and I think I’ve gained enough experience and expertise to let other people know exactly why they should be doing exactly what I’m doing (but in their own way!) If I can convince at least one person to go through with a study abroad experience, I think I would be happy. There are a million reasons why people should study abroad, or travel in general, but here are a few that I came up with that I think are pretty convincing arguments.

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On October 14, 2014, Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests took a close look at Brazil today in the program Snapshot: Brazil. Watch and hear the full program and see some of the social activity surrounding this exciting event.

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Adair Gallo Junior, University of Iowa College of Engineering international scholar from Brazil, was ready to engage in the classroom and Iowa City community as a result of being selected as a Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) scholar. The BSMP selects Brazilian students to study in the United States for one year, as part of the Brazilian government’s initiative to give Brazilian university students the opportunity to study at some of the best colleges and universities 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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Interested in learning the basics of Chinese? Survival Chinese class is designed for tourists, exchange students, and anyone else who wants to speak basic Chinese for functional purposes. This class, offered by the UI Confucius Institute, is open to anyone age 14 and up. Students will gain a basic understanding of the Chinese language system, learn useful expressions for daily conversations, and be introduced to cultural performances and products to better understand and communicate in China.

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