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E.g., Thursday, January 29, 2015
E.g., Thursday, January 29, 2015

Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, a Chilean alumnus of the UI College of Engineering and advocate of socially responsible and sustainable environmental practices, has been named the winner of the 2013 International Impact Award. President Sally Mason and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas will present the award to Dr. Mena-Carrasco at 5 p.m., November 8, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum immediately preceding the taping of the television/radio/internet program “WorldCanvass: The Social Impact of Sustainability.” The public is invited to attend both the program and the following reception.

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In an ongoing series from International Programs, we look at connections between the University of Iowa and countries around the world. Our faculty, students, and programs reach far beyond the UI campus. Below are some of the highlights of our connections with Malaysia.

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In an ongoing series from International Programs, we look at connections between the University of Iowa and countries around the world. Our faculty, students, and programs reach far beyond the UI campus. Below are some of the highlights of our connections with Thailand.

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What I have learned living in Iowa is that no matter where you live, geography does not affect your musical taste. My older cousin Sizhao Wang, living in Xi’an, China, is an example of this. The 24 year-old has a bedroom full of posters of Usher. He has every CD, knows every song, and even took an airplane to see the live concert held in Beijing several years ago. But being 8,000 miles away means he has to wait a couple months to buy the CD, he can’t go to a concert very often, and he can’t buy a celebrity magazine to read the gossip. Yet with all these obstacles, my cousin still loves Usher.

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Indian novelist Chandrahas Choudhury will present a lecture, “The Indian Novel as an Agent of History,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall.

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University of Iowa alumnus Michael Lynch was knocking out Spanish lyrics as if they were second nature during his recent blind audition on NBC’s The Voice. Lynch, who joined Christina Aguilera’s team for the competition, credits his study abroad experiences with polishing his Spanish skills.

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“The Rise of Public Opinion in China,” an upcoming international conference at the UI, will bring together leading scholars and distinguished guest speakers Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2013, on the University of Iowa campus.

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In this three-part series for The Daily Iowan, UI international student from China Lu Shen shares her reflections on being an international student at the University of Iowa and in Iowa City.

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The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB, North America), in collaboration with the UI Public Policy Center, Association for India’s Development (AID) and Amnesty International, is organizing a screening of the award-winning documentary Bhopali on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building, followed by a Q&A and discussion.

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Join the Caribbean Diaspora & Atlantic Studies Program for a conversation with Jamaican poet and former IWP resident Kwame Dawes on Monday October 14, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:20 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. Dawes will be talking about contemporary trends in Caribbean theater, among other topics.

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The International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries and the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism are pleased to announce the publication of issue number 19 of their journal, Dada/Surrealism, devoted primarily to the theme “’Wonderful Things’: Surrealism and Egypt.”

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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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