International Accents

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

From University News Services


Cathy Cole

Two new awards will help University of Iowa faculty strengthen academic exchange with Chinese colleagues through the creation of a new center and develop an online course that will improve global trade practices.

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CIA Chief Leon Panetta, Federal Officials Urge Scholars To Help Improve Foreign Language Learning in U.S.

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — In order to make the United States more globally competitive and secure from foreign attacks, the nation must radically transform the way it teaches foreign language.

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Guests at the next “WorldCanvass” program will compare and contrast the idealized European view of the American West of the 19th century with the reality as American Indians knew it. “The American West of the Imagination” program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol. The event is free and open to the public.

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UI senior Renugan Raidoo was recently named a 2011 Rhodes Scholar – one of only 32 awardees in the nation and the first Rhodes Scholar at The University of Iowa since 1993.

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By Samantha Gentry, The Daily Iowan

A conductor who previously had touched the community through her music now reaches Iowa City through promoting the cultures of those outside of the United States.

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Van Allen Elementary students got to try something different Monday — dancing to Afro-Cuban beats. “It’s cool and different,” said Austin Carter, 8, a third-grader. Van Allen had a school-wide assembly with special guests, the University of Iowa Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble, as part of the first annual International Day. The purpose was to expose students to dances, games, art projects and other traditional customs of a variety of cultures.

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This is a guest opinion from the Iowa City Press-Citizen by UI history professor H. Glenn Penny

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The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre screenings with a talk on Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” Wednesday, Dec. 15, presented by Kim Marra. 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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The UI Latin American Studies Program is sponsoring three events as part of Amazon Week:

Wednesday, Dec. 1
What: Film Screening and discussion with director: “Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration,” directed by Laura R. Graham, David Hernández Palmar and Caimi Waiassé, (2009).
When: 7 p.m.
Where: 1505 Seamans

Part of the UI Center for Human Rights “Careers for Change” series

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The last “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

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By Nina Earnest, The Daily Iowan

Despite harsh economic times, University of Iowa students are continuing to find the means to study overseas.

Nationwide, the number of students who studied abroad for credit dropped slightly in 2008-09—the first time such a decrease has occurred since the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange first released numbers 25 years ago.

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Nina Earnest is an International Studies B.A. candidate.

Daily Iowan reporter Nina Earnest has been awarded second place in the 2010 Hearst Foundation feature-writing contest.

She was recognized for her work on an article “Education on hyper drive,” published Oct. 28, which told the story of four gifted siblings between the ages of 10 and 16 enrolled at the University of Iowa.

Earnest spent six weeks meeting with the eldest sibling, Gohar Manzar — a first-year biomedical-engineering doctoral student — and her family.

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The UI Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome visiting scholar Carlos de la Torre for a lecture, “The resurgence of radical populism in Latin America,” from 12:30-1:30 Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the commons of Schaeffer Hall, room 302. This event is free and open to the public.

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This spotlight from The Daily Iowan features Evelyn Cardenas, a UI student working toward degrees in business administration and international studies. Originally from Guatemala, Cardenas has studied in Japan, traveled to Mexico and participated in a Haiti relief fundraiser, among many other community service projects.

By Amy Tiffany, The Daily Iowan

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Title: Pornography and Censorship in Japanese Slasher Films
Presented by: Miri Nakamura, Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University
When: Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Where: 101 Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB)

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This is an excerpt of an article that appeared in The New York Times. See the full article here.

By Jeffrey Gettleman

NYAL, Sudan — Joseph Gatyoung Khan made a vow, uttered in the back seat of a Land Cruiser on a very bumpy road, as he headed home for the first time in 22 years: I will not cry.

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By Brian Morelli, The Iowa City Press-Citizen

A semester studying abroad turned into much more for a University of Iowa student who received a 2010 award recognizing academic accomplishments while studying overseas.

Lauren Sieben, 21, a UI senior from Naperville, Ill., traveled to Philadelphia to accept the Council on International Educational Exchange 2010 Student Recognition Award earlier this month. She was nominated for an article she wrote about a controversial class required in Spain’s school system during her time studying in Seville, a city in southern Spain.

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Interest in the Peace Corps is increasing at University of Iowa, the university’s Peace Corps representative said.

“It is definitely increasing. With the Peace Corps itself, participation is increasing,” Mahy Gall said. “I think there is a renewed interest in the U.S. in community service.”

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By Nina Earnest, The Daily Iowan

Bill Clinton. Edwin Hubble. George Stephanopoulos.

A 20-year-old University of Iowa senior is joining their ranks.

Renugan Raidoo is now a Rhodes Scholar.

The Rhodes Scholarship enables students to study for two or three years at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom on a full-ride scholarship.

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Last week in Washington, the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy held a Summit where over 600 people gathered to discuss the importance of citizen diplomacy–people to people efforts that reach out beyond our national borders to forge close ties between individuals and countries. A partnership with the Department of State, the summit was tremendous in the energy it generated and the broad spectrum of interests it attracted, from business to education to aid and development organizations to individuals in the arts.

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By Brian Morelli, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa’s public universities are in the import-export business when it comes to international studies, and overall, business is good.

The state’s public universities have been sending more and more students to study abroad while nationally there has been a decline, and the number of international students enrolling at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa is increasing at a greater rate than the national average.

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A senior at the University of Iowa has been named a Rhodes Scholar and will study at the University of Oxford in England next year.

Renugan Raidoo, 20, a senior in chemistry and anthropology from Sioux Falls, S.D., was selected as one of 32 American college students for the award by the Rhodes Trust. A Rhodes Scholarship, which provides all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford as well as a stipend for living expenses and transportation to and from England, is arguably the “most famous academic award available to American college graduates,” according to a news release.

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Renugan Raidoo, 20, a University of Iowa senior known as both a budding scientist and an altruistic activist, was among 32 people announced Sunday as 2011 Rhodes Scholars. The last time a UI student received this distinction was in 1993.

Raidoo, of Sioux Falls, S.D., who emigrated with his family from South Africa, is majoring in chemistry and anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is a Presidential Scholar at Iowa and a Goldwater Scholar and has presented research in Germany, California and Iowa. He has also worked as a staff member at the UI Honors Program for several years.

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This announcement appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Nov. 19, 2010.

University of Iowa student Evelyn Cardenas has been awarded the $10,000 Pearson Prize for Higher Education.

The award, given by the Pearson Foundation, recognized “exemplary students who are distinguishing themselves through commitment to community service” while continuing their studies, according to a news release.

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