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E.g., Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The UI Opera Studies Forum will present the final talk in its series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD theater transmissions on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre, Room 2520D. This event is free and open to the public.

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It’s National Student Employment Week 2013, and this year nine University of Iowa undergraduates demonstrate how students keep a university working. Shuhui Lin, who works in International Programs, was recognized for her leadership and creativity in organizing and promoting a program that orients UI international students to the academic environment and cultural customs of the United States.

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In an upcoming presentation April 22, James R. Brennan, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, seeks to dispel layers of misinformation about controversial African politician Oscar Kambona's life and show what the political stakes of his biography are in Tanzania today.

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Downing Thomas, the dean of International Programs, will represent the UI as part of an upcoming delegation trip to China led by Gov. Terry Branstad.

“[Branstad] has a longstanding relationship with the president, and as a result of their relationship, has been able to explore new trade opportunities,” said Tim Albrecht, Branstad’s communications director. “Certainly, if we didn’t have this relationship, we wouldn’t even get the foot in the door.”

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Zach Heffernen stumbled into his passion. He was handed a book his freshman year at the University of Iowa focusing on human rights and was hooked from the start.

“It started with my freshman year, the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights had a program called One Treaty, One Book,” he said. “Each incoming freshman received a book about child soldiers in Africa. I wanted to help … I went to Senegal last summer and got involved in other human-rights organizations. It all started with the center.”

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The Second Language Acquisition (SLA) 2013 Graduate Student Symposium on Contexts of Learning will be held April 19-20 in various locations of the University Capitol Centre on the UI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

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Senior BSN student Jeannette George has an unquenchable zest for knowledge... and for life.In addition to some of the prestigious, domestic accolades she’s already collected in her young career, including the 2013 Dean's Achievement Award, George has also been actively involved with health care research on an international level. She recently took time out of her hectic schedule to talk about and her experience at UI, her inspirations as well as some of her career aspirations.

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The annual Latin dance event Gusto Latino will return to the University of Iowa Friday, April 19, for a night of dance lessons, live music by Salsa Vibe, and food. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at Old Brick, 26 E Market St. Iowa City, and admission is $5 for adults and free for students and children.

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Cristina Ortiz remembers growing up as part of the lone Latino family in Leon, Iowa, a tiny town in south central Iowa with less than 2,000 residents.

“My paternal grandparents were Mexican-American migrant workers, and the Latino population in Leon was basically my family,” says the 32-year-old University of Iowa anthropology doctoral student who is pursuing research that includes the Chin Burmese refugee population in Columbus Junction, Iowa, her new home during graduate school.

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In the spring 2013 UI Graduate College news magazine, an article highlights the first Iowa Graduate Global Health Symposium, which was held in fall 2012 and allowed students and faculty to present their various international research projects and global health activities at the UI.

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Julio César Pérez Hernández, one of the leading architects in Cuba today, will present “Havana: The Magic of Architecture and the Poetry of Design” on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Phillips Hall, Room 315. This talk is free and open to the public.

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The UI South Asian Studies Program will welcome Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut, for a guest lecture on “Racialized transnationalism in the 21st century: Lessons from the experiences of South Asian Americans.” The presentation will be held Friday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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My grandma, Youa Lee, an old Hmong woman who traveled from the mountains of Laos, through the refugee camps of Thailand, to the hot fields of California and the cold factories of Minnesota, was 93 when she died. My grandma was a refugee from America’s Secret War in Laos. A widow with nine children, she raised seven sons into men and two daughters into women. She would become the root of a tree that carries the fruit of more than 300 descendants.

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The Organization for the Active Support of International Students (OASIS) will present its annual Bridging Fiesta on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 7-10 p.m. in Old Brick, 26 E. Market St, Iowa City. This event is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Iowa Memorial Union box office and the cost is $5.

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You may recognize her striking face from fashion spreads in Elle and Vogue or the Victoria's Secret runway, but Alek Wek has another story to tell. Not that of an international supermodel but of the struggles of life as a refugee. On April 5, Wek will tell the story of her personal journey as a refugee and her current work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) when she appears as a guest on International Programs’ WorldCanvass television and radio program as part of the UI Provost’s Global Forum on Refugees in the Heartland. WorldCanvass will be held in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, April 5, 2013, and the public is invited to attend.

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Shannon Fogg, a specialist in the history of everyday life in France during World War II, will present “Restitution: Reconstructing Jewish Lives in Twentieth-Century France” on Thursday, April 18, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in 2520D University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

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In an upcoming UI presentation, Clemencia Rodríguez, professor of communication at the University of Oklahoma, will present part of her extensive research on how Colombians turn to community media – including radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet – as tools to forge lives for themselves and their families that are not entirely colonized by armed conflict and its effects.

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The Provost's Global Forum "Refugees in the Heartland" will feature panels and discussions about refugee resettlement, rights of refugees, the long history of refugee resettlement in Iowa, international refugee crises and related management challenges, and will bring together refugee experts and refugee leaders from the Midwest and the nation.

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Film producer Devon Terrill didn’t pursue filmmaking until after her graduation from the UI, but the experiences she had during her undergraduate education – including studying abroad – had a big impact on her career path.

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International immigrants are attracted to the Midwest, and Iowa specifically, for its low unemployment rate and cost of living, diverse economic sectors, and educational opportunities, said Amy Weismann, associate director for the University of Iowa’s Center for Human Rights.

“Especially for refugees, people come from places with violence and economic strife where they fear authorities,” she said. “Iowa is much less anxious and a more accommodating place to live and not only survive but thrive.”

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As part of Iowa City’s first carnaval celebration this summer, the University of Iowa Museum of Art will present two spring-time talks by carnaval designers. The first is by architect and interior designer Jaime Cezário. His free, public lecture will be held in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 25.

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Who is a refugee? What distinguishes refugees from immigrants? When and how is refugee status recognized by nations and governments? How do refugee crises arise and what can be done to aid refugees in resettlement? What’s the history of refugee resettlement in the Midwest? These are just a few of the questions WorldCanvass guests will address on the April 5 program “Refugees in the Heartland.” The program takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum and is free and open to the public.

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Crossing Borders in International Programs is holding several panel discussions and a guest lecture as part of its Study Day 2013, to be held March 28-29. All events will be held in University Capitol Centre 2520D and are free and open to the public. No prior registration is required.

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Iowa’s universities boast graduation rates above the national average, but have produced mixed results in pursuit of goals set by the Iowa Board of Regents, which governs the universities.

The University of Iowa, where more than 48 percent of students finish school in four years, performed the best. Its graduation rate is just shy of a 48.3 percent goal. The regents want each university to achieve its graduation goals by 2016.

Students, however, sometimes prefer to pay more to stay in school longer. Internships, semesters abroad and demanding majors like engineering are all common reasons for not graduating in four years, students and university officials said.

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To mark the second anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and the Department of Religious Studies would like to invite you to a jointly sponsored film showing of "Buddhism after the Tsunami - The Souls of Zen 3/11 Japan Special".

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