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E.g., Tuesday, July 28, 2015
E.g., Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Russell Valentino, University of Iowa professor of cinema and comparative literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will present a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Gerber Lounge, Room 304 English Philosophy Building, titled “From Virtue to Virtuality: Property, Commerce and the Quest for Masculine Character from Dostoevsky to DeLillo.” This event is free and open to the public.

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The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will begin its 2011-12 lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater screenings with a talk on Anna Bolena, Wednesday, Oct. 12, presented by Katherine Eberle. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar Room 2520D and are free and open to the public.

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Employees at Iowa Orchard bustled about on a crisp fall morning last week as they prepared to open for the day. The orchard owner not only uses his property to grow fruit, but as an opportunity to teach children and college students about business. Horticulture students around the world learn about working at an orchard at the Urbandale site.

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WorldCanvass Studio guests will convene around the topic “The Caucasus as a Crossroads: Dagestan, Russia and Regional Security” in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Nowadays a stream of good economic news is coming from India. Despite persistent poverty, the country has been growing at nearly 9 percent annually for 15 years. Its middle class is expanding by 10 million households each year, and the monied upper class reaps its reward in exotic cars, elite schooling for its children, foreign travel and large residences.

Meanwhile, American corporations race to enter the Indian consumer goods market. But how often do you hear about Indian artists or about the thirst among parts of the Indian public for painting, music, sculpture and design?

This is the focus of a small conference on the state of Indian arts today, Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa — and of a WorldCanvass program on Friday night that is free and open to the public.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 26, 2011 – More than a dozen Peace Corps volunteers across Peru host weekly radio programs to provide information on health, current events and the environment to remote communities around the country. Volunteers often invite local community members and public officials to speak on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention and care to healthy lifestyle tips and community service opportunities.

Peace Corps volunteers Jessica Smith of Iowa City, Iowa, and Nikki Eller of Seattle, Wash., host a weekly 45-minute radio show in western Peru which reaches more than 5,000 people. Since starting the show on Radio Hispana in February, Smith and Eller have hosted 17 shows covering heart health, HIV/AIDS awareness, emotional health, potable water, and the arts.

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Abstract: The Passion Play of Oberammergau is arguably the most famous amateur theater tradition in the world, attracting a half-million spectators to this Bavarian alpine village every ten years. Indeed, the appeal of the play lies in its very status as lay theater: visitors flock to the village not just to witness a performance of the passion, but also to affirm the community’s dedication to a centuries-long tradition. To satisfy such an audience, the community’s role play behind the performance must be visible to outsiders. In addition to offering a general history of the play, the talk will explore the secondary performance frame of the “Oberammergau experience,” which shapes audience reception by representing the “real lives” of the performers. However, unscripted encounters with the play’s actors also reveal changing attitudes towards tradition.

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Anthropologist Pamila Gupta will present a lecture titled “Some (Not so) Lost Aquatic Traditions: Goans Going Fishing in the Indian Ocean” Friday, Nov. 11, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Chai and snacks will be provided.

Gupta will discuss how rituals enhance community and diasporic ties between Portugal, Mozambique, and Goa, India. She will focus on the role rituals play in re-creating sensual and bodily experiences and memories, and in representing notions of Goan popular culture, all to be passed onto subsequent generations of Goan Mozambicans.

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“Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” is the theme of a new film series at the UI, which begins Friday, Oct. 14, with a screening of “One Million Yen Girl” at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public.

This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. Additional screenings include “Harmful Insect” on Oct. 21, “Yunagi City Sakura Country” on Oct. 28, and “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4, all at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.

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Japan is the focus of the United Nations Day of Older Persons third-annual celebration Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. The event is free and open to all ages.

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The next WorldCanvass program from UI International Programs will explore “New Culture and New Welfare in South Asia: the Arts in India” at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The production is part of a larger UI conference of the same name from Oct. 6-8, and all events are free and open to the public.

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Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and a major opposition figure in Zimbabwe, will be featured at two upcoming events: a WorldCanvass Studio program at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Room 2780 of the University Capitol Centre (UCC); and a Careers for Change lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Room 1117, UCC. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and treasurer of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the opposition party headed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, will be a special guest of WorldCanvass Studio on October 3. The live program will take place from 2-3 p.m. in Room 2780 University Capitol Centre and is free and open to the public.

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I was born in Togo, a country in West Africa, and raised in Moline, Ill. Coming to the University of Iowa was exciting for me because I thought my days of culture shock were behind me, but I was wrong.

“Diversity” isn’t a word people associate with a city in Iowa. Many are unaware of the number of diversity programs our university has to offer, and even more are unaware of how diversity affects them. This may be because of the lack of attention given to the UI’s multicultural organizations. We have more than 50 of these.

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Is the making of art in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka since Independence a matter of privilege that rests with donors, patrons, and ministries of culture? Or, on the contrary, is art a necessity for life, like food and shelter, which ordinary people need to relieve the dreariness of poverty? On the October 7 WorldCanvass, we’ll explore the relationship in South Asia between different sorts of art and different levels of income (folk art, classical art, ritual art, studio art, public art) in order to answer the question of who makes and who consumes music, song, poetry, painting, dance and film.

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This fall, numerous interrelated events at the University of Iowa and in Iowa City will be devoted to creative and critical encounters with “comics,” the somewhat awkward term encompassing newspaper strips, comic books and what are now rather pretentiously (and often erroneously) called graphic novels.

What?!? Comic books at a major research university, amid the serious fiction and poetry that defines this town? Is there any greater evidence for the ongoing decline of academic and cultural standards!?! (Even subdued punctuation now seems at risk.)

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Hoping to reverse that trend, the university spent $115,000 in budget year 2007-08 on international recruitment, including sending staffers to recruiting fairs around the world. That investment has paid off, said Scott King, UI assistant dean of international programs.

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This fall, the University of Iowa will bring together students, faculty and the community for a wave of events focused on the ever-growing world of comics — including comic strips, comic books and graphic novels.

The UI will host a wide variety of hands-on activities, exhibitions, discussions and other public events. Leading comic artist-authors and scholars will meet Oct. 5-8 in Iowa City for “Comics, Creativity and Culture: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” a symposium sponsored by the university’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, International Programs, and the UI Museum of Art (UIMA).

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The University of Iowa European Studies Group Fall 2011 Lecture Series begins Friday, Sept. 23, with a talk by Mona Krook entitled “Tensions in Political Inclusion: Women and Minorities in Electoral Politics” at noon in Room N202 of the Lindquist Center. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Krook will explain how prevailing norms of citizenship in France and the United Kingdom have shaped campaigns for political inclusion, resulting in solutions for women that have not been extended to racial and ethnic minorities. She is an assistant professor of political science and women, gender and sexuality studies at Washington University, St. Louis.

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WorldCanvass will kick off the 2011-12 season with a program featuring "Comics, Creativity and Culture" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in

the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.The monthly television and radio series from University of Iowa International Programs will continue each month with its tradition of lively discussion of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art, all surrounding an international theme. WorldCanvass takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. All programs are free and open to the public.

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Corey Creekmur sometimes opens his comics class with a text that might seem odd even to comics aficionados: Nancy newspaper strips.

“Early Peanuts and Nancy strips seem so simple,” he says. “But read carefully, they are more subtle than they look—they demonstrate how comics work.”

Creekmur, associate professor of English, and other UI scholars like Ana Merino and Rachel Williams are introducing students and colleagues alike to the study of comics. Together they’re charting comics’ storytelling language, political and cultural rhetoric, and creative potential—and they have joined forces to put the University on the comics studies map. (Learn more about the comics symposium)

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A group of teachers from India are in Iowa City getting an education of their own.

The group of about 20 toured schools in the Iowa City district and attended lectures at the University of Iowa. The visit is an opportunity to showcase the University to people in another country.

Indian officials hope to pick up on things the United States education system does well, and implement those ideas into their curriculum.

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WorldCanvass will kick off the 2011-12 season with a program featuring “Comics, Creativity and Culture” from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

The monthly television and radio series from University of Iowa International Programs will continue each month with its tradition of lively discussion of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art, all surrounding an international theme. WorldCanvass takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. All programs are free and open to the public.

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University of Iowa departments are teaming up to improve job opportunities for international students.

And with a record number of international students at the university this fall, students said they’re happy to have more options.

“There has been a really nice transition in this last year,” said Scott King, the director of the International Student & Scholar Services. “Services for international students aren’t all in this office.”

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Playwright and director Gowri Ramnarayan will be speaking about the writing and staging of three of her plays during an upcoming visit to the UI. Monday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 172 of the Theatre Buliding Ramnarayan will discuss “Serpent Speak” and “Dark Horse” and Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. in Theatre B of the Theatre Building she will discuss “Water Lilies.” These events are free and open to the public.

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