International Accents

E.g., Monday, June 29, 2015
E.g., Monday, June 29, 2015

Citizen diplomacy may well be our state’s most valuable export. For more than 50 years, Iowa has been front and center in volunteer, people-to-people diplomacy through our long tradition of Sister State relationships. Sister State exchanges bring the world to our doorstep and have helped Iowa build deep and lasting friendships throughout the world, resulting in greater cooperation and trade.

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As turmoil in the Middle East continues to rise in several countries — including Egypt and Syria — the number of students studying abroad in that region is slowly declining for the UI. The most recent numbers show about half as many students study abroad in the Middle East and near that part of the world from the 2010-11 to the 2011-12 school years. Two years ago, 49 students traveled to the region and neighboring regions; however, last year that number dropped to 26 students.

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Eleanor Catton, alumna of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has been honored with the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her second novel, The Luminaries.

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Page. Pitch. Peach. Three words, three very different meanings. But do you think I can pronounce them very well? Let’s just say it took a lot of practice — and I’m still having trouble with the middle one. I’m told that Americans don’t have the same trouble with these words. But for a Chinese speaker such as me, the vowels prove to be very difficult.

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Imagine leaving your home behind to study in a new country. As international students will tell you, it’s a difficult process. “It’s not very easy in the beginning when we came here,” RuiHao Min, a senior marketing and economics student at the UI says. Since starting AiCheng magazine last May, Min realized that the student-run publication has the potential to benefit future international students adjust to American culture, in addition to current students who wish to tell their stories.

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A year or semester of study abroad can help college students learn a language, get immersed in a new culture and broaden their understanding of the world. It may also help them get a job. Stacie Berdan, co-author of a new book, "A Student Guide to Study Abroad," as well as an international careers expert, said that in a global economy, employers increasingly value study-abroad experiences.

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The European Studies Group at the University of Iowa will welcome Alexander Somek for a talk on “The European Union’s Democracy Deficit – Then and Now.” The event will be held Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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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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