International Accents

E.g., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
E.g., Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Assistant Director of Outreach and Communications at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) Andrew Riess will give a workshop on the Fulbright Program for U.S. Students on Thursday, October 18, from 1:00-2:15 p.m. in International Commons, UCC 1117. The Fulbright grant provides a wonderful opportunity to pursue international research or study in all fields, or to teach English abroad, for one academic year.

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Earlier this year, Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady used his annual State of the Judiciary address to give Iowa lawmakers a somewhat unexpected reason why the state needs to support a healthy court system: because it’s good for business.

On Thursday, Cady visited with the Press-Citizen Editorial Board and made a similar pitch invoking the language of economic development.

And that’s not surprising. Like every other business or governmental venture, Iowa’s court system needs to keep pace with the rapid changes in information technology.

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A recent gift from Dean and Tammy Oskvig of Stilwell, Kan., to the University of Iowa Foundation will establish the Oskvig Global Engineering Scholarship within the UI College of Engineering.

The endowed gift will support one or more annual scholarships for engineering students interested in serving communities in developing countries through work in energy and/or water for a meaningful part of their professional career.

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Please join the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) for two lectures, Monday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012: “Historical Reconciliation in Northeast Asia” and “Censorship in China.”

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The University of Iowa’s Opera Studies Forum will begin its fall lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD theatre transmissions on Wednesday, Oct. 10, with a talk on Verdi’s 'Otello,' presented by Miriam Gilbert.

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Luke Juran recently conducted research in post-disaster water sanitation in India through a Fulbright grant. In this video, he shares what inspired his project and how he gave back to the community while exploring the local culture.

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The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will offer a nine-week calligraphy course this fall for community members interested in an in-depth exploration of the history and art of Chinese characters.

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Did you know that Thailand’s population is nearly 22 times that of Iowa, but only about three and a half times larger in size? With 70% of international students coming from East and Southeast Asia, many have come to call this land of wide open spaces their home. Here are the thoughts and reflections of two Thai students on classes, food, and the benefits and challenges of life abroad at the University of Iowa.

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Books printed in English and Chinese are soon to make an appearance on the shelves of local libraries, including the Iowa City Public Library, which received its donation last week.

Erin Mullins, a program coordinator for the UI Confucius Institute, said the group received $30,000 from an organization based in Beijing called Hanban, the Chinese National Office for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, to fund the project.

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What’s your favorite Iowa place? A University of Iowa professor is encouraging Iowans to bring their heritage, memories, and fondness for the state to a creative process that will inspire floats, costumes, and more for an Iowa City Carnaval Parade planned for June 2013.

“A carnaval parade is art on parade to celebrate both individuality and community,” says Carnaval organizer Loyce Arthur, who is also head of design, director of undergraduate studies, and associate professor in the UI Theatre Arts Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “In an increasingly technological and impersonal world, the carnaval arts can be used to bridge differences and celebrate human resilience and creativity.”

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For those interested in applying for grants through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), DAAD San Francisco Representative Leslie Harlson will be offering a workshop using Skype on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in International Commons, 1117 UCC. The workshop will provide an overview of the types of grants offered and the application process, followed by a live question-and-answer session. All students intending to apply for a DAAD grant this year are strongly encouraged to attend. The workshop is free and open to the public. Interested students and faculty are requested to R.S.V.P by Oct. 1 to Karen Wachsmuth, academic programs and student services administrator, International Programs, at karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu.

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Join independent researcher and documentary filmmaker Yousuf Saeed as he discusses his work on the visual, artistic, and religious cultural heritage of India in two separate presentations on the UI campus. The first presentation features the screening of “Four Short Documentaries on Popular Islam in India,” followed by a discussion with Saeed, and will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in E105 AJB (Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building).

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The UI African Studies Program cordially invites faculty, students, and the general public to its fall reception on Thursday, Oct. 4, 4-6 p.m., in the executive board room (2390 UCC), which is located on the second floor above the north entrance to the Old Capitol Mall. There will be no formal presentation, just a relaxed opportunity to meet and socialize with scholars and community members interested in Africa. Special guests are African writers and current IWP residents TJ (Tjawangwa) Dema Christopher Mlalazi, Khaled Alberry, and Barlen Pyamootoo (see biodata below). Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

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Feed your hunger for Chinese culture by joining the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa for a mini lecture series this fall, “Chinese Culture for Lunch,” beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2, with a discussion on Marvelous Chinese Characters. All lectures in this series are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Confucius Institute and International Programs.

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How severely is the world’s energy consumption affecting the health of its communities?

There is a growing consensus on the part of the global community that a reevaluation of energy needs and mechanisms to produce energy is imperative. Using the lens of health impacts as the focus, this year’s Global Health Studies conference, “Energy and Global Health on a Sick Planet,” will explore current challenges and potential remedies to global energy needs.

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Join the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies for its 25th Anniversary Speaker Series this fall, featuring prominent scholars of East Asian studies. All events are free and open to the public.

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One of the most amazing things about living abroad is that every day is an adventure to the senses. In China, I needn't look far to see sights that surprised me on a daily basis. Just when I thought I had my neighbors’ daily routines figured out, one of them would start carefully laying out peppers on the sidewalk (to dry in the sun) or a group of old men would be gathered in the park for kite flying festival. You never know what you're going to see next!

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It has been almost two years since President Obama lessened restrictions on travel to Cuba. This move made by our president provides academic, religious, and cultural groups with unparalleled opportunities to travel to this previously forbidden land.

The University of Iowa took advantage of the situation and started the Overseas Writing Workshop in Cuba in January, immediately after President Obama’s lessening of travel restrictions, as reported by The Daily Iowan.

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French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte will be hard to miss this fall, with a major University of Iowa Museum of Art exhibition and related programming and displays occupying spaces all over the campus. Meanwhile, across the country, the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is being commemorated with events in the cities and ports that saw action during our last conflict with Great Britain. While connections between a French Emperor, a nearly-forgotten war, and the State of Iowa may seem remote, reminders of them are, in fact, all around us.

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The contributions of Latinos to the nation’s heartland are the focus of The Latino Midwest, the 2012-13 University of Iowa Obermann-International Programs Humanities symposium. This interdisciplinary conference will examine the history, education, literature, art, and civil rights struggles of Latinos in light of the demographic changes experienced by Midwestern states with growing Latino populations.

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While most of the players on the Iowa men’s golf team hail from such Midwestern states as Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri, freshman Voramate Aussarassakorn’s home is much, much farther away - Around 8,541 miles.

Aussarassakorn is from Bangkok, Thailand, and he has been on the links since he was 8 years old.

Since that young age, golfing in the United States has always been his ambition.

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No students have registered for the University of Iowa’s Overseas writing program in Cuba 10 days before the deadline, despite program managers opening its gates to graduate and non-degree seeking students.

Leslie McNelius, a study-abroad adviser and one of the pioneers of the UI’s program in Cuba, said she was not too concerned because she expects a lot of last-minute applications.

“We’ve had quite a few email and phone inquiries from potential participants in the last weeks," she said. "There’s an info session coming up … so some may turn in apps after that."

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In her bicycle trek across Japan last month, Iowa City resident Michelle Gin met a number of hibakusha, the Japanese term for survivors of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S. in 1945.

One woman, a volunteer emergency aid worker, recounted to Gin her experience of rushing to the hospital just after the bomb dropped. The streets were filled with burned bodies and hands reached for her ankles for help as she walked by.

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The long history of Latino presence in the Midwest and the changing demographics of our region will be among the topics discussed on the October 5 WorldCanvass program, The Latino Midwest. The free program will take place in Room 2780, University Capitol Centre from 5-7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. WorldCanvass is produced by International Programs and hosted by Joan Kjaer.

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The Confucius Institute will offer Taiji Level I classes every Tuesday from Sept. 25 to Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 to Nov. 27, 2012, from 6:40-7:40 p.m. Classes will be held in room 1117 University Capitol Centre in the Old Capitol Mall.

Taiji, also known as tai chi or tai qui, is a mind-body practice known for increasing flexibility, relaxation, and overall health. In this course, students will learn fundamental Taiji movements: Ward-off, Roll Back, Press and Push in a Four Hands form.

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