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This announcement from University News Services profiles ISBA student Doug Stienstra. Photo by Tim Schoon.

Doug Stienstra was in trouble when he asked his girlfriend to suggest something he could get for her birthday.

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The second University of Iowa Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture will be presented by Pablo Piccato at 4 p.m. today in the International Programs’ Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. His talk is titled “Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News.” This event is free and open to the public.

The talk will examine crime and police newspapers and magazines in Mexico between the 1930s and 1960s, when the roles of reporters as detectives and criminals as public figures shaped social views of justice and the truth behind crime.

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By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan

Summer Schoop stayed up all night Sunday to watch President Obama inform the world about the slaying of Osama bin Laden.

The University of Iowa junior, who is studying abroad in Seville, Spain, said she streamed Obama’s speech online after she saw the news on Facebook and Twitter.

The next morning, Schoop, 20, began to receive e-mails from the U.S. Embassy about travel warnings for Americans abroad, she said.

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By Hunter Sharpless for the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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The following blog post from Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) features UI graduate Stephanie Enloe, the director of sustainable projects for Travel for Change International, a small group of committed volunteers who are building an eco-lodge near Njombe, Tanzania.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) will screen its final film this Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB: Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan, 113 min.).

Memento tells the story of Leonard Shelby, an ex-insurance agent who suffers from anterograde amnesia that makes him unable to form new memories. The condition began when he received a head injury while trying to fight off two men who raped and murdered his wife. On the telephone with an unknown caller, Leonard explains that he killed one of her attackers. In order to document facts while he searches for the second attacker, Shelby takes Polaroid photos, which he annotates for future reference. He also has tattoos facts of the case on his body. In sequences alternating between color and black & white, Shelby’s quest for justice discloses something darker. Nolan was nominated for a 2002 Oscar for his screenplay. Drawing on European art films such as Last Year at Marienbad (dir. Alain Resnais, 1961), Memento keeps you guessing while you try to put the pieces of Leonard’s story together.

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By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan

A couple swiftly dances the six-step salsa sequence to a fast-paced rhythm. They weave in and out from each other’s arms, pausing for a mere second on the fourth beat.

The dance is structured but maintains a sensuous vibe. Salsa, which has roots in both Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances, has a defined culture all its own.

“If there is something stereotypically Latino, salsa is the thing,” said University of Iowa sophomore Jacqueline Correa.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 28, with a screening of L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson, 134 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

L.A. Confidential is an epic take on film after noir during an era in which big-budget feature films vie for audiences with “law and order” television series. Attention to visual and audio details evokes the postwar Los Angeles chronicled by James Ellroy in his L.A. Quartet.

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Introducing global perspectives into their classrooms is a task that many Iowa K-12 teachers may soon have to face in order to meet Iowa Core Curriculum requirements for global literacy. That’s why the Stanley Foundation and International Programs are once again funding the Global Education Summer Institute for Teachers.

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By Kelli Andersen
Photo by Tom Jorgensen

This feature story about Liz Crooks appeared in fyi, The University of Iowa’s faculty and staff electronic newsletter. See the original article here.

Liz Crooks

To say Liz Crooks is multifaceted is a pretty big understatement. To say she’s got a full plate is an even bigger one.

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For most educators and students throughout the developing world, the Internet represents and expensive, unreliable, and oftentimes impossible method to access the existing treasure trove of on-line educational resources. Using off-line technologies to deliver Web information has the potential to be effective in many areas.

Since 2002, the WiderNet Project, a service program in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, has been delivering off-line copies of Web sites to schools in the developing world via the eGranary Digital Library — “The Internet in a Box.” Through a process of mirroring web sites (with permission) and delivering them to partner institutions in developing countries, this digital library delivers instant access to a wide variety of educational resources including video, audio, books, journals, and Web sites over local area networks. With a built-in catalog and search engine, the eGranary appears to the end user to be just like the Internet, only many times faster. Amongst the 1,200 Web sites included in the eGranary are Wikipedia, MIT’s OpenCourseware, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the Gutenberg Project, and hundreds of open source journals.

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The following opinion piece by Ahmed E. Souaiaia appeared in Examiner. Souaiaia is a UI associate professor in International Programs, Religious Studies and the College of Law.

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The University of Iowa 2011 Second Language Acquisition (SLA) graduate student symposium will take place Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, in 2520D, University Capitol Centre. The symposium is free and open to the public.

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Death and spirituality in the poetry of Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, will be discussed in an upcoming lecture at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, in 315 Phillips Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

George Handley will be speaking on “The Metaphysics of Nature in the Poetry of Derek Walcott.” He will focus on the clash between materialism and metaphysics in the natural world in Walcott’s recent poetry, as well as in some of his unpublished work.

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By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan

The Arab Students Association wants the University of Iowa community to look beyond the turmoil that’s rocking Libya, Syria, Yemen, and a host of other Middle Eastern states.

Today marks the second day of a week of activities designed to teach students about the culture and day-to-day life in the Middle East — with a healthy dose of political discussion thrown in. It’s the UI’s first Middle Eastern Awareness Week.

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By Alison Sullivan, The Daily Iowan

 

To the vibrant thump of the drums, Habibatu Timbo’s body jerked and swayed, her long tangerine skirt flying about her.

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Lisa Johnson is a Stanley graduate award recipient. She is going to the Czech Republic this summer to conduct research related to the project described in the article below.

By Max Freund, The Daily Iowan

Eight women stand shoulder to shoulder on a cold cement floor. Their voices mingle and bounce off the barren, gray walls. They are welcoming, beckoning anyone who will listen to take a ride on a train through their lives.

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What do a ukuleleist, a manager, and a Chihuahua have in common? All are characters in a short film by two University of Iowa graduate students that was recently selected to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

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Two events collectively themed “Don’t Forget Sudan” on Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, hope to encourage public discussion and awareness of the current situation in Sudan regarding the referendum and the social and political climate. Both events are free and open to the public.

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In one of his two trips to South Africa, Brian Buh ate a stew of cow intestines and liver to not be rude – despite being a vegetarian. While in Bolivia, he biked down Yungas Road, later named by the UN as the “world’s most dangerous road” because of its average yearly fatalities. He has been living in Chile since August, 2010, taking classes at the Universidad Nacional Andres Bello as part of the USAC program. In May he will graduate from the UI with degrees in Religious Studies, Political Science, and International Studies, as well as with a minor in Spanish.

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The Arab Students Association (ASA) will be hosting Middle Eastern Awareness Week from April 24th to April 30th, 2011. Throughout this week, ASA and other middle-eastern cultural organizations will be hosting a series of speakers and events, ending the week with ASA’s keynote event DANCE OF ARABIA 2011, the largest Middle Eastern event in the state of Iowa!

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The political and social climate of the Middle East and North Africa will be examined in “The Arab Spring: Interpreting the Current Events,” a panel discussion featuring a group of local experts, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the International Programs Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

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**THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELED**

The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will present its final lecture in the 2010-11 series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in high-definition theatre screenings with a talk on Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il trovatore,” presented by Roberta M. Marvin. The lecture will be held Tuesday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D. This event is free and open to the public.

Marvin is Interim Associate Dean of International Programs at The University of Iowa and director of OSF.

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