International Accents

E.g., Monday, October 20, 2014
E.g., Monday, October 20, 2014

Small talk is not a huge thing in Germany, but if you strike up a conversation with a German, you can bet that it will continue for a long time. Our talks with Freiburg locals have resulted in wonderful food, drink, and travel recommendations. What better way to get to know a city than to speak with those that love it most?

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From noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, the popular Moroccan fusion group Hoba Hoba Spirit will share its music and artistic vison on a special edition of WorldCanvass at FilmScene. This WorldCanvass Studio program is produced in partnership with Hancher as part of a week-long Iowa City residency that accompanies the Friday, September 26, Hoba Hoba Spirit concert at CSPS (Legion Arts) in Cedar Rapids.

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The "About" section of our website and new International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS) Facebook page gives a basic description, but what does it really mean and who does ISSS serve?

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The University of Iowa Graduate and Professional Student Government will implement the International Student Advisory Board, a panel designed to make international students feel welcome on campus. The board will be run in collaboration with the UI Student Government. The board is still in its early stages, but GPSG President Alyssa Billmeyer said the group hopes it will eventually encourage collaboration among international and domestic students.

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At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, WorldCanvass will explore contemporary Brazil. Our immense neighbor to the south—comprising roughly the same land mass as the U.S.—is the world’s fifth largest country and seventh largest economy. Bursting with biodiversity and undergoing rapid development, Brazil faces a host of tough choices for both its people and the natural environment. Our discussion will reach beyond the brilliant beaches and soccer arenas to reflect on the multi-cultural legacy of Brazil’s complex past as seen in everything from its language to uniquely Brazilian artistic expressions to the political and social dynamics that are actively shaping the Brazil of the 21st century.

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In class our professor told us about "spazieren gehen," which means to take a walk without a real destination. There's not an English phrase quite as concise with the same meaning, but it's somewhere around to stroll or to wander. She tells us this is a very German idea, but she is wrong.

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UI students interested in studying abroad through the Irish Writing Program are encouraged to attend an information session on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in 108 English Philosophy Building.

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The stotra, or Sanskrit hymn of praise, has long been a popular form of Hindu literature. Stotras have a rich history in Kashmir, one of the most vibrant religious and literary centers in South Asia. In this talk, Hamsa Stainton will discuss how Hindus in Kashmir have used these hymns to preserve and adapt their own traditions during the dramatic changes that have occurred in this region

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On September 2, 2014, Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests discussed "The Passion that Drives Innovation" at FilmScene in downtown Iowa City. Listen to the audio, watch the videos, see the photos, or browse the social interaction from the night's show!

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Kelsey Frisk’s adventures in Sweden started with studying abroad and ended with researching reindeer herding communities. UI students can learn about study abroad opportunities at the annual fair Tuesday, Sept. 16.

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Aly Olson, a senior from Des Moines, is pursuing a bachelor of music in vocal performance, along with certificates in music education and performing arts entrepreneurship. At the UI, she has been involved in various activities and causes, including a study abroad program in Brazil. The 21-year-old is taking a year off from the UI to fulfill her duties as Miss Iowa, but will return next year.

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How is language represented in the mind, and how can it be modeled? When people put sounds together to form words, how do these words combine to form sentences, and furthermore, what does this process tell us about cognition? These are the questions Douglas Cole, a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of Iowa, asks in his research to advance data in the lesser-studied Lao language.

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With Labor Day just past, and classes well underway, I want to welcome everyone to the 2014-15 academic year! I always enjoy the expansive feeling at the beginning of the school year, with so many new faces, undergraduates eager to visit the office to explore options abroad; graduate and professional students working with Karen Wachsmuth to apply for grants and fellowships; and faculty across the disciplines contacting me with ideas about how they can enhance their global teaching, research, and engagement activities.

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Just over 4,155 miles from Iowa City lies Oviedo, Spain, the hometown of freshman golfer Elisa Suarez. “People in the United States are very welcoming and open,” she said. “It was also nice to see that people had interest in meeting me and learning more about my culture.”

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The University of Iowa has collaborated with Ewha Womans University of Seoul, South Korea, to start a Korean language institute on campus. The UI has collaborated with Ewha since last winter, and it will hold an official grand opening for the Korean language institute in the coming months.

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Blake Rupe and Ruihao Min are two recent University of Iowa graduates who have made a splash in the technology world, winning awards and participating in special programs, respectively. The two inventors’ accomplishments and stories were featured Tuesday on WorldCanvass, a UI show filmed at local cinema FilmScene.

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FilmScene and WorldCanvass have recently joined forces in an effort to spark intellectual discussion and community in Iowa City. The new collaboration held its first event, “The Passion that Drives Innovation,” Tuesday night. The two organizations will continue to work together in hosting the University of Iowa television and radio discussion series WorldCanvass once a month on Tuesdays at FilmScene, 118 E. College St.

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The hallmark of this new century has been one of disruption. Dynamic change no longer comes in the form of incremental process. New ideas and technologies emerge every day, threatening existing systems and our entire economic structure, while simultaneously creating new opportunities. For those who thought the rise of automation and globalization of the past century were difficult to weather, the near future looks to be even more turbulent. As we endure the frenetic pace of change happening in many aspects of life, we experience impatience in areas where it is not. Right now there are innovators, idealists and entrepreneurs with the courage to rethink every facet of our world. Education, transportation, healthcare, finance and agriculture, all cornerstones of the Iowa City area economy, are in the crosshairs for these disruptors.

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Upon arriving at the UI his freshman year, Yuhao Cai was paired in Stanley Residence Hall with roommate Jared Szabo, an Iowa native who was also a freshman. Szabo, a fifth-year UI senior, says his hometown of Postville, Iowa, is “a really diverse town,” so being paired with an international roommate “wasn’t too much of a shock.” Cai, on the other hand, was nervous his roommate would fit his perception of American stereotypes.

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I began my trip in Lisbon physically and geographically lost in the streets of Mouraria, a neighborhood of Lisbon not only known for its deep history of fado performance, but as a melting pot of cultures – close to thirty nationalities represented in its winding streets and alleys alone. Little did I know that the sensation of being lost without landmarks would contribute a great deal in researching saudade as performance and even place.

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"Being exposed to other beliefs and ways of living and working is an intense experience unlike most others that forces students to reflect, to adapt, and to learn new skill sets. Even a simple request in a foreign language can be tough, so consider the learning that occurs when students are challenged with expressing themselves, negotiating, or handling an abstract conversation.”

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Before arriving in Indonesia, I initially planned to stay with a family. However, I underestimated how rewarding and positive such an experience would be. In addition to a great friendship, they helped with everyday tasks and guided me in understanding the culture. Moreover, this family and their connections with the local community became key to my integration in the community and success of the project.

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This week, faculty and staff at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business are learning how to welcome incoming Chinese students—by correctly pronouncing their names. As Chinese students make up a larger share of student bodies at U.S. colleges—and comprise a large majority of the 20% international enrollment at Tippie—administrators are making cultural adjustments smoother on campus, with special orientations for Chinese students, multicultural food events and Chinese-language coaching for professors and staff.

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My event planning class worked towards putting on one event at the end of the month to put into action some of the skills and practices we learned throughout the semester. We targeted other Lorenzo de’ Medici students and their friends studying for the summer and learned how to make focaccia while watching a documentary about how a small town in Italy worked to beat out McDonald’s by providing quality, delicious focaccia and other local favorites.

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In this video, two returned University of Iowa students share their thoughts and reflections on their year in Freiburg. The Academic Year in Freiburg is a two-semester consortial program with the Universities of Iowa, Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan and Michigan State. It offers students the opportunity to improve fluency in the German language while taking a blend of program classes and regular German university classes.

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