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E.g., Tuesday, November 25, 2014
E.g., Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will offer a free calligraphy workshop for community members Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre on the UI campus.

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Amy Bowes, a Study Abroad adviser at the University of Iowa, was lost. It was 2005, and she had just graduated from the UI with a degree in political science. She remembered the Peace Corps building she had seen while interning in Washington, D.C., and decided to volunteer. Six months later, she was teaching high-school English in Lesotho — a country in Africa. Bowes said she now uses her experiences of feeling unsure about travel and her future to relate with students on campus today.

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The UI Center for Human Rights sponsors the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize, which honors the fine work of University of Iowa students and the lifetime work of Professor Burns H. Weston of the College of Law. The deadline for the 2013 Weston Essay Prize competition has been extended to December 20, 2013.

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The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is hosting two events this week, both free and open to the public. Please join us for “Phonotaxis: Singing the Songs of Interlanguage or 吟歌丽诗 (A Manifesto of Sorts)” and "Chinese in Three Voices” (A reading in English and Chinese).

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Interested in learning Taiji? Join the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa for an introductory workshop on Taiji Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC. The course fee is $50 and enrollment is open to ages 13 and up.

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The European Studies Group will welcome Michael Ugarte of the University of Missouri for his lecture “African Migrants to Spain and the (Silent) Voice of the Subaltern” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Room 2390 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

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One of Korea's most exciting and innovative poets, Jeongrye Choi, will present a poetry reading Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, from 4-5 p.m. at the Shambaugh House on the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets. This event is free and open to the public.

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Public opinion is inevitably linked with political action and political change in 21st century America. But the connection between public opinion and mass political action—or even institutional change—is not limited to the U.S. or Western democracies. On the contrary, it is an increasingly important and influential factor globally. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and an expert panel of guests will discuss the rise of public opinion in China on the next WorldCanvass. The live event takes place on Friday, October 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum. No tickets are required and the public is invited to attend.

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Recently, I watched a friend’s parent arrive on campus to help him move from one apartment to another. The scene made me recall my former life with my own parents, my family, and my hometown, Xi’an, China. It has been three years since I moved away from my home. Before I turned 18 years old, I never lived away from my family — my school was a mere five-minute drive from my home.

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Join the Iowa Chapter of the Fulbright Association for an upcoming Lunch & Learn seminar when Philip Lutgendorf, professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the UI, presents “Making Chai With a Fulbright” at noon on Friday October 4, 2013, in 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

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The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies would like to invite everyone to a public talk entitled "Classical Daoist Mediation: How and Why the Huainanzi is a Daoist Text," by Harold Roth, Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies, Brown University. The talk will take place in the Religious Studies Atrium, 3rd floor, Gilmore Hall, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4-5:30 p.m.

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Regarding India, Conversations With Artists is an ongoing series of over 60 video interviews with artists representing diverse mediums and subjects, living in various regions of India. The creator of this series, Kathryn Myers, will visit Iowa City Thursday, Oct. 3, to talk about her work. The presentation will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 240 Art Building West.

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Recently, I got a phone call from one of my best friends since high school. She lives in China and attends university in Beijing. After our chat, I started thinking about the differences between college life for a Chinese student here and in China. As an international student, I love my life in Iowa City and the American opportunities I have to experience. Still, I embrace my Chinese roots.

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Interested in learning Chinese? The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will offer a 5-week elementary Mandarin Chinese class for community members starting Oct. 2. Beginning students will learn pronunciation and tones, basic strokes and character writing, and daily conversational phrases.

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The African Studies Program, a unit of UI International Programs, has named Blandina Kaduma Giblin winner of the African Studies Faculty of the Year award. Giblin is a lecturer of Swahili in the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures. The African Studies Program recognizes her “Meritorious service to the African Studies Program as an exemplary Instructor, translator, mentor, and co-director of study abroad programs in Tanzania, East Africa."

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The fourth-annual Charles A. Hale Lecture in Latin American Studies will explore “Public Festivals and Performative Feasts: Aztecs and Allegory in Colonial Mexico.” The lecture will be given by Rolena Adorno on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. in 2520D, University Capitol Centre.

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Dan Ojwang of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, will present a public talk at the UI Monday, Sept. 30, on “Queering the Indian Ocean: Gender, Sexuality and Language in Recent East African Indian Writing.” The talk begins at 11:30 a.m. in Gerber Lounge, 304 English Philosophy Building.

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Are you interested in the possibility of international study, research, or teaching? Please join International Programs for our first International Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships Open House to learn how you can apply for different types of merit-based awards. The event will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, from 1-5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are welcome.

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The fall 2013 Study Abroad Fair was a huge success, with an estimated 800 UI students in attendance to gather information and inspiration about study, work, and volunteer abroad opportunities around the world. Students were encouraged to tweet their experiences at the fair using #uiabroadfair.

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The UI African Studies Program cordially invites the university community and the general public to an informal reception for this year’s African participants in the International Writing Program. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 4:30-6 p.m., in University Capitol Center 2780. Please invite your colleagues, students, friends of Africa, and lovers of literature.

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In China, we order our dormitory food rather than choosing different kinds of food from a buffet. So American dormitory food is definitely more complex than Chinese. But the type of food is limited because only American options are available. I think it is better to add more types of food to the buffet, because more international students are coming here. Now, I’ve been here for three years and love everything about Iowa. But I am still on the journey to find different types of American food to eat.

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Former Congressman Jim Leach, visiting professor at the College of Law and University of Iowa Chair of Public Affairs, will be speaking at a Fulbright Celebration Event Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 5:15 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Leach will present “Bridging Cultures: the Heart of the Fulbright Program.” The event is free and open to the public.

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John Manning, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the UI, introduces the Series on Arts and Rights, or “SOAR,” program in this Press-Citizen commentary. John will join others on the season opener of WorldCanvass Friday, Sept. 20, when the topic is “The Arts as Vocabulary.”

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Jacqueline Asiimwe, a social justice and political rights activist from Uganda, will give a presentation at the University of Iowa Monday, Sept. 23, on “The Black Monday Movement: Re-energizing the Fight Against Official Corruption in Uganda.” Her talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of the University Capitol Centre, Room 2390.

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The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) will continue its fall seminar series Friday, Sept. 20, will a presentation by Niraja Gopal Jayal on “Indian Citizenship: A Century of Disagreement.” The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Room 2390, University Capitol Centre.

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