International Accents

E.g., Tuesday, October 21, 2014
E.g., Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Leslie Santos was working on her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at the University of Puerto Rico, many of the articles and books she read were written by University of Iowa professors Dennis R. Maki and Vilia Tarvydas.

“They are the top in the field of rehabilitation counseling,” Santos says.

So when she had an opportunity to move to Iowa to pursue her doctorate, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to study under Maki and Tarvydas.

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Marina Kostina (BA ’95/MA ’97/PhD ’11) is changing the way teachers and students interact online. She is also expanding the global reach of higher education through her work in distance learning.

Kostina, who says she came to the United States from Russia 20 years ago with “just a bag in my hand and a dream in my heart,” is now a best-selling author on Amazon and has created her own thriving business, Wired @ Heart, which teaches instructors to build effective online courses.

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Although the term ‘interpersonal psychotherapy,’ or IPT, may not be as familiar to the lay person as ‘Freudian analysis’ or ‘cognitive behavior therapy,’ its use as a treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders has steadily grown since its development more than three decades ago. On June 13, from 6-7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum, WorldCanvass Studio host Joan Kjaer and a group of international experts will discuss IPT’s efficacy, explore cultural challenges to treatment, and compare and contrast the approach to psychological disorders and mental illness in the Canadian, Australian, and U.S. healthcare systems.

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UI senior Jeannette George was recently featured in the “Get to Know…” section of Iowa Now, where she talks about her love of education, her busy schedule at the UI, and the biggest risk she’s ever taken – traveling to Uganda for 12 weeks to conduct research about sickle-cell anemia. The nursing and international studies major says her brave decision to go to Uganda definitely paid off.

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I met my patient whom I will call “Luna” about three years ago. She identified as a transwoman and had transitioned about 10 years earlier — after living most of her adult life identifying as a man, having been married and raising now adult sons and daughters. I feel it necessary to describe my initial sense of discomfort.

Having practiced medicine for more than 30 years, I have met patients from a multitude of backgrounds and nationalities. I enjoy a collaborative practice with my patients, and I love to incorporate their philosophical and cultural beliefs into their health care. Yet, I felt uncomfortable caring for her.

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Phil’s Day 2013 celebrates the many ways philanthropy and private gifts support the university and its programs. Every year, hundreds of students are able to study or conduct research abroad thanks to generous donors. In honor of Phil, check out some of their unique experiences.

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Sometimes you may find an opportunity to travel to a country that is unfamilar or to an institution at which you have no existing professional connections. In those instances, International Programs can help identify other UI faculty who already have a knowledge of the area and who may even have long-standing connections at the particular institution you plan to visit.

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Thomas Langer, a senior at the University of Iowa studying International Studies and Human Rights (CLAS), traveled to India last summer to conduct research for his Honors Thesis. While there, he met an unexpected visitor whose personal story of struggle and success moved Thomas beyond words and affirmed his academic ambitions.

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Nearly 6,000 miles from Iowa City, Turkey acts as a bridge between Europe and Asia, and it is now looking to become more of a partner with the United States. “When you look from the shift in politics from the west to the east, Turkey is in the middle of that,” said Fatih Yildiz, the Turkish consul general in Chicago. Yildiz visited the University of Iowa on Monday to speak with students and faculty about creating those relationships at the state and local level.

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You are invited to attend a Fulbright U.S. Student Program workshop given by UI Student Fulbright Advisor Karen Wachsmuth of International Programs on Monday, May 6, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in International Commons, 1117 UCC.

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The final talk of the spring 2013 European Studies Group lecture series, presented by UI faculty member Luis Martín-Estudillo, will be held Friday, May 3, 2013, at noon in University Capitol Centre, Room 2520B, on the topic of "Confabulations: Guarding and Regarding Fortress Europe's Southern Walls." This event is free and open to the public.

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Thousands of miles from Iowa, an earthquake struck China last week, but some University of Iowa students still felt the impact. On April 20, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the center of Ya’an, located in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, killing more than 192 people and leaving more than 11,000 injured, according to the Associated Press. On Thursday night, approximately 100 students each held a white carnation as they encircled the candles that formed a heart shape in the middle of the Kautz Plaza. They then prayed for the victims at Ya’an.

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For almost two centuries, scholars have tried to clarify the relations between two language varieties commonly referred to as “Hindi” and “Urdu,” sometimes lumped together under the hyphenated rubric of “Hindi-Urdu.” Michael Shapiro of the University of Washington, Seattle, will present “So How Many Languages Are Hindi-Urdu Anyway?" on Friday, May 3, 2013.

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The Turkish Student Association (TSA) at the University of Iowa presents the Honorable Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Chicago, for a talk Monday, April 29, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the IMU. Yildiz will be speaking about Turkish foreign policy in a changing world. The event is free and open to the public.

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FONDAL, HAITI — The little band of American volunteers sat under a tree, panting and sweating from a taste of daily life in the poor rural villages of Haiti. The group, made up mainly of Iowa doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and students, had spent an hour and a half climbing a winding dirt road up a mountain to this remote village. On the way, they’d seen Haitians making the trek while bearing heavy loads of water, fruit, chickens, firewood and homemade charcoal.

When the volunteers finally arrived in town, scores of villagers were already lined up under the hot March sun, waiting for the rare chance to share their health concerns with a doctor. Casey Panko, a University of Iowa nurse helping lead the team, briefed her exhausted colleagues about the ailments they would treat in the small stucco building that would serve as a clinic.

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The Chinese Academy of Sciences has named Jerald L. Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, a 2013 recipient of an Einstein Professorship. The academy annually awards Einstein Professorships worldwide to 20 distinguished international scientists actively working at the frontiers of science and technology for the purpose of lecturing, leading workshops, and interacting with faculty and students for one or two weeks in China. The goals of the program include strengthening ties between awardees and Chinese scientists and enhancing the training of future Chinese scientists.

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As the governor of the US state of Iowa, and as an "old friend" of President Xi Jinping, I have had the honor to lead a delegation of US governors and Iowa business leaders to China to participate in the second China-US Governors' Forum, hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Iowa's sister-state relationship with Hebei province.

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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.

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As part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the sister-state relationship between Iowa and Hebei, and in recognition of the significant and growing economic ties between Iowa and China, Governor Terry Branstad led a delegation of business, community, and educational leaders to China this past week. In addition to Governor Branstad and Ms. Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, members of the delegation represented interests as diverse as agriculture, law, manufacturing, and higher education. A large group from the Iowa Sister States non-profit was also present, on their first trip abroad as a group, to mark the 30th anniversary of the relationship.

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Rong Zhang, soprano, and Wayne Wyman, piano, will present a free recital “The Voices of Spring” Friday, April 26, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. This event is open to the public.

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Hebei province and the US state of Iowa have been friends for 30 years, but 2013 could be a breakthrough year in their business relationship.

"We have a number of exchanges, including in education and culture," Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said on Thursday. "In the area of Chinese business, we're really just getting started."

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On June 9, Iowa City will officially become a Carnaval City. This Saturday, the city will host a Carnaval Celebration leading up to the June event in B1 North Hall from 1-5 p.m.

The event will feature a presentation by Carnaval costume designer Clary Salandy, plantain tasting, recipe discussion, Trinidad Carnaval and African dance demo by Modei Akyea, and a costume workshop. The Daily Iowan spoke with theater Associate Professor Loyce Arthur, the coordinator of the Iowa City Public Engagement Carnaval Arts Project and head of design for the Theater Department.

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Rivers as Bridges is a program that examines the sister-river relationship of the Mississippi River in America and the Yangtze River in China. The Yangtze and Mississippi have rich histories and are vital channels of commerce in each nation. This program enables top students from China and the United States to travel and study these critical rivers while teaching them to appreciate and protect the natural resources that serve their countries.

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Our bodies do more than house our organs. They carry our genetic makeup, they grow and develop through decades of change, and they figure prominently in that mysterious complex of emotions, perceptions, and insights we call identity. Our bodies provide a template for personal expression and for decorative enhancements, and they can bounce back from grievous assaults and degradations. But what if we don’t feel comfortable in our own skins? WorldCanvass will investigate these questions and more when the topic is “Remaking the Body: Identity and Body Modification.”

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As the end of the semester nears, come enjoy a late-afternoon concert of haunting Sufi melodies from the Indian Desert. This free concert is open to the public and will be held Friday, April 26, from 4-6 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Chai and Indian snacks will be served.

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