International Accents

E.g., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
E.g., Tuesday, September 23, 2014

By Alyssa Marie Harn, The Daily Iowan

Four days in Morocco. One crossing and a shattering of stereotypes. Five years ago, University of Iowa Associate Professor Denise Filios traveled to Morocco for the first time.

During the trip, she realized that, although borders may separate people, they are all similar. The Spanish professor has been to Morocco four times since then, but she will never forget that first experience.

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Some Americans know Indonesia as the country where President Obama lived as a boy, others know it as a tourist paradise with astonishing biodiversity and others know almost nothing about it.

Two Indonesian natives will speak about the vast diversity of their country during “Indonesia: Unity in Diversity” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Room 2520D University Capitol Centre. The talk is free and open to the public.

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The article below was published in three different newspapers in Jordan following Dean Thomas’ recent visit. It has been translated to English.

Al-Ma’ani receives University of Iowa delegation

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Almost 12 years ago, University of Iowa law professor Burns Weston called up his colleague Rex Honey, who was chair of the Global Studies program Weston had previously organized. Weston said he asked Honey if his office, which at the time was in the old law school building, had an extra desk and phone jack. Honey said it did. Then Weston, who organized a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the year before, asked Honey if they could put a sign on his door that said Center for Human Rights. “That’s how it started,” Weston said. “That’s what we did.”

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From the CLAS website

Rex Honey

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The African Studies Association cordially invites the university community and the general public to its upcoming forum, “Africa: Facts and Myths” on Friday Nov. 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Schaeffer Hall Auditorium Room 140.

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Bolivian writer and literary scholar Edmundo Paz Soldán is visiting the Iowa City area Nov. 1-2 for two free events, both open to the public.

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The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. It is free and open to the public.

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The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. It is free and open to the public.

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Dancing is a step out of the ordinary for the participants of the Global Buddies program, designed to match an American student with a new international exchange student to learn about each other’s culture. And Wednesday, the group tried dancing at the International Commons in the University Capitol Centre, said John Ashby, a graduate student in International Programs.

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The Institute of Cinema and Culture is pleased to announce a screening of:

La historia más larga de Bilbao jamás pintada
[The Longest Story of Bilbao Ever Painted]

By Spanish director and painter Félix de la Concha

Wednesday, October 27, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., in 101 BCSB

Féliz de la Concha and Ana Merino, his producer, will be present for the screening.

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So far, 76 UI students have signed up to save a forest, dance the Bharta Natyam, and design lesson plans — among other unique activities during their winter breaks.

The Indian Winterim program, entering its fifth year, is adding these three programs — sustainability, dance, and education, to the 11 others offered during a three-week educational trip to India.

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In 1984, Dr. R. Balasubramaniam and a group of four young medical students from the Mysore Medical College in India set out to serve the poor and the marginalized in the spirit of reform and sacrifice. Beginning with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) Ayurvedic hospital, after 25 years they have built up substantial hospital-based health and education programs and community development Initiatives that benefit nearly 300,000 tribals and non-tribals.

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Official languages are one of the main lingering legacies of colonialism in Africa. Education at almost all levels is administered in the official languages that only a small percentage of the population can write and speak fluently. This fact creates bottle-necks that allow only a small percentage of the population to become part of an educated labor-force. Therefore, the goal of this research is to investigate the impact of using official languages as languages of instruction on economic development in Africa. We have chosen Tanzania for our research partly because of our familiarity with this country and also because it has been possible to find valuable data from the Tanzania Ministry of Education website. This research explores the short-run and long-run opportunity costs of continuing the colonial legacy in the field of education by using a foreign language as the language of instruction. We hope to offer policy suggestions that could broaden the educated base and foster economic growth and development. While there has been some research into the costs of designing and publishing learning material and textbooks in local languages, there is hardly any thinking, let alone research, on the costs involved in having millions of school-children in Africa repeating classes, dropping out of school or sitting year after year in schools where they get low grades and learn nothing else than self depreciation.

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Cristiane Cunha, an international student from Brazil, is showcasing her design exhibit with Maria Mandarim today through Oct. 22 in the Studio Arts Building. Admission is free. Read Cristiane’s story below.

By Jessica Carbino, The Daily Iowan
See the original article here

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What: “The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Africa”
When: October 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: 285 Boyd Law Building
Presented by: Ms. Florence Gatome, Senior Manager, Public Sector Group, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Nairobi, Kenya

Lecture will be followed by a moderated Q&A discussion with U of I Law Professor Enrique Carrasco.

There will be a reception following the Q&A program—refreshments will be provided.

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A Feature Reassembly approach to L2 knowledge of existential quantifiers

Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE) Forum

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.
Location: 2520D University Capitol Centre
Presenter: Heather Marsden, University of York

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The UI African Studies Program is pleased to invite the university community and the general public to the second lecture in its Fall Baraza series.

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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 Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” Thursday, Oct. 28, 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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A screening of the award-winning documentary “Crossing Borders” will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in 1505 Seamans Center. This event is free and open to the public.

“Crossing Borders” follows four American and four Moroccan students through a journey of self-discovery in Morocco, confronting the supposed “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West and forming relationships that disarm media-shaped stereotypes.

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Dr. Chandrika Kaul will be visiting The University of Iowa for two related lectures Oct. 20-21.

Topic of lecture: “‘An Imperial Village’: Communications, Media and Globalization in Modern India”
Date/time: Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 3:30 p.m.
Location: E256 Adler Journalism Building;

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Last month we opined that it was rare for Iowa City area residents to discuss the Muslim-Christian divide with someone who has spent seven years traveling across the 10th parallel — the latitude line 700 miles north of the equator that serves as a highly contested, religious boundary line. Thats why we encouraged our readers to attend the WorldCanvass program featuring Eliza Griswold, author of “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam.”

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This press release mentions the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and how the UI strives for diversity in its student body. See the blue paragraph below for a quote from Scott King, director of ISSS.

Boston, MA (Vocus) October 7, 2010 –

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