International Accents

E.g., Thursday, October 30, 2014
E.g., Thursday, October 30, 2014

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 10, with a screening of Kiss Me Deadly (1955, 106 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

Kiss Me Deadly is director Robert Aldrich’s and screenplay writer’s A. I. Bezzeride’s take on Mickey Spillane’s novel of the same title. Private detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) picks up hitchhiker Christina Bailey on a dark highway in the middle of the night. Soon after, gangsters overtake them, killing Bailey before sending her and an unconscious Hammer over a cliff in Hammer’s pristine white XK120 Jaguar convertible. When Hammer wakes up in a hospital three days later, he senses that Christina must have been involved in something serious. With the help of his assistant, Velda (Maxine Cooper), he sets out to solve the mystery of a box — dubbed “the great whatzit” — whose contents are supposedly worth a fortune.

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East Africa is the destination for the next WorldCanvass and you’re invited to come along as a member of the live audience.

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The UI Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome Camilla Townsend to the UI Wednesday, Feb. 16, for a talk, “Alias ‘Don Luis,’” at 4 p.m. in Room 302 of Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

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Autumn Tallman’s experiences abroad inform the work she does today. She remembers the challenge of deciding whether or not to come out while participating in a high school study abroad program in Israel at age 15.

“Being far from family and friends without my usual support system was harder than I imagined it would be,” says Tallman, who has served as a study abroad advisor and program coordinator in the University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad since 2002.

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I have been going to Egypt on a regular basis since 1985. I’m often accompanied by my students from the University of Iowa College of Law, and we’ve visited the courts, parliament and universities, meeting with lawyers, judges and law professors and learning about the legal and political system there. We have also met students, merchants, security men, university officials, and, especially, tourist guides, learning even more about the country and building relationships that endure to this day.

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A University of Iowa student studying in Egypt is safe, and he has decided to stay in the country, even as protests continue, UI officials said Tuesday.

The student, who is enrolled at the American University in Cairo, has spoken with his parents, who subsequently contacted UI staff, said Downing Thomas, the dean of International Programs.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, with screenings of Panic in the Streets (1950, Elia Kazan, 96 min.) & Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, Don Siegel, 80 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

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Facebook is doing more than letting people connect with old friends these days. It’s facilitating a revolution. And it’s allowing one Tunisian woman living in Iowa City to keep up with the tumultuous politics at home.

On Tuesday, Asma Ben Romdhane, who teaches Arabic at the University of Iowa through the yearlong Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant’s exchange program, spoke to more than 80 people about the events of the last month in the northern African nation.

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The University of Iowa has stepped up international recruitment in recent years, with the vast majority of foreign students coming from China. Now, they are looking for potential Hawkeyes in the country with the world’s second-largest population — India.

Fewer than 1 percent of the UI’s international students come from India, and now UI officials believe they have found a cost-effective — though historically controversial — way to reach out.

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“Film After Noir,” a UI film series for the spring semester, will include screenings of films not generally associated with the classic 1941-1958 noir cycle.

The series will focus on films produced between 1950 and 2000 that display or revise elements of classic noir. The screenings are free and open to the public and will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building through May 5.

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How did a German Jewish cabaret performer escape the Nazis to become a world-famous artist, feminist and activist?

And why did her estate give her works and papers to the University of Iowa?

Learn the answers to these questions and more by visiting a new UIMA exhibition, Lil Picard and Counterculture New York, and by attending or listening in to the next WorldCanvass program at 5 p.m. Friday in the Old Capitol Museum.

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During the first day of class, I asked students enrolled in my survey course on the Islamic civilization to think of an important event from around the world. The first student to speak pointed out the return of a dictator to Haiti. The second student said that China flying its first Stealth airplane was a very significant event. Three other students spoke, pointing out various events, before a student mentioned the ongoing Tunisian revolution.

I asked how many students had even a vague idea about what has happened in Tunisia since Dec. 18, 2010; around 10 percent of them raised their hands.

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The public is encouraged to attend the next recording of “WorldCanvass,” when guests will discuss the counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s. This free program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

The program will examine the social history of the U.S. during the ’60s and ’70s, a time when youth culture rejected traditional views on everything from patriotism and government to sexuality and recreational drugs. Guests will discuss the movement’s influence on film, theater, art and pop culture in decades to come.

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University of Iowa students could soon have the chance to study abroad in once off-limits Cuba because of recent federal policy changes.

President Obama’s administration lifted restrictions on study abroad programs to Cuba on Jan. 14, overturning limits put in place by then-President George W. Bush in 2004.

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Instead of staring at a PowerPoint presentation, Introduction to International Relations students could soon be gazing onto the beaches of Normandy.

University of Iowa students will no longer have to wade through all their general-education requirements in classrooms overlooking the Pentacrest. Instead, they’ll have the opportunity to take in London, Paris, or Florence.

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By Downing Thomas

Last week, with my still fresh New Year’s resolution to read more (more international perspectives in the news, more contemporary literature), I found a fascinating article in Le Monde analyzing the strange fact that the French President has had no spokesperson for over two and a half years.  Most Western democracies put their spokespersons on camera regularly–daily in the U.S., twice per day in Britain, three times each week in Germany).  Yet, France, in its role as the exceptional democracy, has decided to do without.

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WASHINGTON – Most Americans are barred from traveling to Cuba, but Iowa college students soon may be packing their bags to visit the island. President Barack Obama’s recent decision to ease travel restrictions for academics and church groups prompted Iowa’s colleges to plan new programs for study in Cuba.

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This article from Inside Higher Ed discusses plans for a new International Knowledge Center in Bangalore, India, which The University of Iowa and other U.S. institutions plan to use partially for recruitment of Indian students.

By Elizabeth Redden

The Trojans have staked out territory all over the world.

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How did one young man’s protest spark the Tunisian Revolution of 2011? Asma Ben Romdhane, a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant from Tunisia, will discuss events that led to the recent ousting of Tunisian President Ben Ali during a lecture Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

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Just when I’d thought my younger years were behind me, Cory Petersen, the cocoordinator of the INdIA Winterim classes, informed my section that, for logistical reasons, our upcoming visit to India was technically a “field trip.”

Best. Field. Trip. Ever.

If you have ever wanted to travel outside of the United States, but weren’t sure how to go about doing so, take this class.

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Mrs. Jane Huit, one of the American co-founders of International Wives’ Club of Iowa City, as it was known then, has recently passed away.

Mrs. Huit and Mrs. Velma Stuit, the other American co-founder, recognized the importance of welcoming international women to our community and helping them find good friends and interesting activities. The organization began in the late 1950s, and the name changed to International Women’s Club in 1978. Currently there are around 140 members from over 30 countries.

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International students who arrived at the University of Iowa last week got a rich taste of American culture Wednesday evening as they spun their partners and promenaded around the community room at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

More than 75 students took part in the dinner and square dance event for new students sponsored by Hills Bank.

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The University of Iowa Confucius Institute will offer Mandarin Chinese language and culture classes to community members and families starting Jan. 24, 2011, in Iowa City and Jan. 30 in Davenport.

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Join us at 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2011, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum when WorldCanvass guests explore the counterculture of the 60s and 70s. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

We’ll start by defining the term counterculture and looking at social history in the United States and Europe in the post WWII era, particularly during the 60s and 70s when many of the values and norms that defined the 50s were rejected and a youth culture challenged traditional views on everything from patriotism, the law and government to marriage, race, gender roles, sexuality and recreational drugs.

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The collection of photos on Scott King’s office wall are proof of his dedication to international learning. King, 57, grew up in Maine and said he only traveled outside of New England two times before he left for college. Since then he’s traveled to more than 40 countries as a student and a professional. He has worked at the University of Iowa as the Assistant Dean of International Programs in the International Student & Scholar Services for seven years, and has helped dramatically increase the number of international students attending school at UI.

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