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E.g., Friday, March 27, 2015
E.g., Friday, March 27, 2015

Cuba: A Door Ajar

By Eric Platt, The New York Times

Thousands of American college students have been effectively locked out of Cuba since 2004, when the Bush administration tightened restrictions on travel for academic, cultural and religious purposes. Cuba was then the third most popular study-abroad destination in Latin America (after Mexico and Costa Rica); 2,148 United States residents studied there in 2003-4. The number plunged 92 percent in just a year.

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The following editorial appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Iowa has much to be proud of in terms of its history of civil rights for gays and lesbians.

» Not only because the Iowa Legislature and governor in 2007 added sexual orientation and gender identity of the list of protected categories in the state’s civil rights code.

» Not only because the Iowa Supreme Court in 2009 unanimously recognized that gay and lesbian Iowans have as much right to marry their partners as heterosexual Iowans do.

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Joe Bookman and D. Jesse Damazo, two graduate students from the University of Iowa, were honored Thursday when the Cannes Film Festival announced their Official Selection for 2011. Bookman and Damazo’s film, The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit, was selected from more than 1500 entries to screen at this year’s Cinéfondation, the student film competition at Cannes.

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Through analysis of both film content and the transnational industrial structure of non-profit educational film and video production in Sub-Saharan Africa, this presentation delineates the rhetorical and economic mechanisms by which a master narrative of perpetual crisis is written about Africa for the international aid community. It further illustrates the cinematic strategies by which this narrative is repeated and reinforced in the very films and videos intended for African audiences.

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The UI Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome Dana Leibsohn for a guest lecture titled, “From Manila to Mexico: the Art and History of Early Modern Trade with Asia.” The talk will be held Wednesday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

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Turkish journalist and scholar Kerim Balci will visit the University of Iowa to present a talk on “Turkey and the Restructuring of the Middle Eastern Regimes,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The talk is free and open to the public. An RSVP to ids-iowa@uiowa.edu is requested for those planning to attend.

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Music historian Philip Gossett will present “Giuseppe Verdi and the Italian Risorgimento” in an event sponsored by the University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF), the UI School of Music and International Programs. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 21 in the UCC Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.

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The UI’s annual Latin dance party Gusto Latino will be held Friday, April 29, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at the door. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for students with an ID.

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The African Students Association Presents: Africa Week (April 17-23)

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Unfinished Business: Hawkeye Apparel and the Student Anti-Sweatshop Movement

When: Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
Where: Trowbridge Hall 125

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A special screening of Howard Hawks’ The Big Sleep (1946, 114 min.) will be presented Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building. The screening is part of the 2011 Annual Film Studies Lecture, to be presented by James Naremore on Friday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 14, with a screening of Body Heat (1981, Lawrence Kasdan, 113 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

During a South Florida heat wave, Matty Tyler (Kathleen Turner) begins an affair with Ned Racine (William Hurt), who is sleepwalking through a mediocre career as a small-town lawyer with too much time on his hands. Drawn by his lust for Matty, Ned finds himself in over his head in murder and betrayal. Much like Fred McMurray’s Walter Neff in Double Indemnity, Ned winds up with neither the girl nor the money. But at least Ned’s not dead.

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University of Iowa officials are defending increased travel spending for international efforts at a time when many units across campus have chopped travel expenses.

Units such as International Programs, Office for Study Abroad, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, saw sizable travel expense increases in fiscal 2010. Those expenses included international and domestic travel.

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University of Iowa employees spent more than $28 million on travel in fiscal 2010, a number that has steadily increased since 2006.

Of the $28,598,515 the UI spent in 2010, $3.6 million went to international travel, and $20.4 million to domestic travel outside Iowa. Almost one-third of the total was spent by the athletics department, which is fully self-sustaining. The figures were provided to The Daily Iowan in response to a public records request.

Officials said the spending was justified.

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The following commentary by Peggy Mills appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Mills is a professor of Russian at The University of Iowa.

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Note: The UI Center for Human Rights is part of International Programs.

By Eric Hawkinson, The Daily Iowan

March 25, 1911.

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By Erica Pennington, The Gazette
Photo by Karen Wachsmuth – See more photos here

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The so-called “Jasmine Revolution,” the fierce sandstorms of mass protests that started in Tunisia in 2010 and are currently sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East–leaving in their wake fleeing dictators, cowed autocrats, and countries in war and turmoil–were whipped up on social media sites in cyberspace before they took human form in real space. The revolt of the proverbial “Arab street” was incubated in the online social media.

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Celebration of East Africa lecture series

What: The “Celebration of East Africa” spring lecture series
When: Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m.
Where: 14 Schaeffer Hall
Presented by: Pamela Kaduri
Topic: “Research on Tobacco Addiction in Tanzania”

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Con artist Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) travels between the U.S. and Europe selling forged paintings at inflated prices. Approached by a Parisian racketeer looking for someone to murder a rival, Ripley points him to a picture framer, Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz), allegedly dying of a blood disease and in need of money to help his family. The racketeer (Gérard Blain) persuades Zimmermann to commit a first murder in Paris. When he proposes a second hit to take place on a train, Tom steps in to help.

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Hennadige N. Thenuwara, an expert in design of economic policy, will present an upcoming lecture on how the government of Sri Lanka designed economic policy amidst the 35-year civil war that lasted until 2009. The talk is titled “Economic Policies and Public Finance in Sri Lanka: Did War Expenditure Matter?” It will be held Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

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They were half a globe removed from the calamities that befell their native country last month, but in the weeks since, members Iowa City’s Japanese community have been doing all they can to lend a hand. The University of Iowa’s Japanese Students and Scholars Club sold baked goods, origami crafts and T-shirts to raise money for Red Cross disaster relief Sunday at UI’s annual Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival. Club member Atsushi Yahashiri, a post-doctoral research scholar in microbiology at UI, said his group and other Japanese organizations in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area have rallied together since the March 11 earthquakes and tsunami.

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By B.A. Moreill, The Press-Citizen

If there was ever a contest for a confluence of major life events, Sabah Hassain Enayah might take the prize.

In August, Enayah, 31, moved her young family from Iraq to a new home in a new country with only a minimal handle on the language. Within 10 days, she gave birth by Cesarean section to her third child, and four days later was in class at the University of Iowa.

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