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E.g., Saturday, July 4, 2015
E.g., Saturday, July 4, 2015

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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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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University of Iowa student Gewiria Fadl entered a Best Buy store in Massachusetts one day in 2002 wearing a traditional Muslim headdress.

“Make sure she doesn’t have a bomb in there,” an employee manning the doorway said when the alarm at the entrance sounded.

Muslims across the country have experienced more incidents similar to Fadl’s since the four planes piloted by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field 10 years ago.

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“When I think of all the memories from that day, tears actually come to my eyes—the emotions of that day and the days afterward are hard to forget. So many experiences in a short time. I think about how we were worried in Norfolk, where I was working at the time at Old Dominion University, that we would be attacked after the Pentagon, as the Norfolk area is the largest area of military bases on the East Coast. I remember frantically looking for the business card of a former student who had just visited me and was working for an international accounting firm in NYC, as his employer was just the type of employer in the World Trade Center, but, thankfully, he wasn’t located there.

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Freshman enrollment at the University of Iowa is “right on target” this fall, school officials said Wednesday upon the release of fall census counts for students. This year’s freshman class remained steady with last year’s record-setting enrollment among first-year students.

This fall, UI welcomed 4,565 first-time freshmen, eight more than last year, when the number of new freshmen increased by nearly 500 students from the year before.

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A group of nearly 20 school administrators from India are visiting Iowa City through Sept. 14 for a leadership summit about U.S. education systems, particularly that of the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Community School District.

For them, it’s an opportunity to learn instead of teach.

“They have questions about everything from, ‘How do you feed that many students in the school system?’ to ‘How do you implement technology in a meaningful way?’” said Liz Hollingworth, summit co-convener with UI geography professor Rangaswamy Rajagopal and a professor in the UI College of Education’s Educational Policy and Leadership Program. “(We hope they learn) how to cultivate students who are creative and have a deep understanding of the applications of math and science.”

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Four Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) have arrived at the University of Iowa where they will spend the next year teaching Turkish, Portuguese, Hindi and Arabic. This year’s FLTAs are Zuhal Kasmer from Turkey, Clarissa Silva from Brazil, Sami Khan from India, and Othman Al Harrasi from Oman.

The teaching assistants will serve as cultural ambassadors for their home countries through presentations, classroom visits and other community events. They will also take two courses per semester as non-degree students during their year at the UI.

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The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad will hold its annual study abroad fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre. All students are invited to attend to learn about international education opportunities.

Over 100 program representatives will be in attendance, including representatives from external institutions in Israel, Australia and Italy. Study Abroad staff, along with peer assistants and program directors, will be available to answer questions, and student returnees will share their study abroad experiences. Students can visit the financial aid table to speak with advisers about scholarships and other available funding for international study.

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South Asian Studies Program Seminar

“Transforming Social Realities into Research Questions: Experiences of Working with Women in Forest Dependent Communities in the Western Ghats”

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See a video from KWWL or read an article from the Iowa City Press-Citizen featuring this visit.

The following is a University of Iowa News Release

 

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We open the third season of WorldCanvass® on September 23 at 5:00 p.m. with an exhilarating examination of comics as an international and artistic art form.

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The University of Iowa has once again been selected as one of only 11 institutions in the U.S. to host Fulbright students from around the world for the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 10

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West EastThis article is from China Daily.
Illustration by Zhang Chengliang

See the original article here

Praise or criticism?

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Carroll Harrison, an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), will return to Iowa Aug. 19 and 20 to discuss educational disparities in Nicaragua.

Harrison is participating in a “Gold Stars’ Tour,” one of series of special programs in 2011 for returning IVLP alumni. The National Council for International Visitors annually bestows the gold star on members of the national network who exemplify excellence in citizen diplomacy.

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