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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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The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

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The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will present a screening of the film “Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration Over Rivers” Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in 1505 Seamans Center for Engineering Arts and Sciences. This event is free and open to the public.

The film is a unique collaboration between two native Amazonian filmmakers and Laura Graham, an associate professor of anthropology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It explores an indigenous campaign to protect a river from the devastating effects of uncontrolled Amazonian soy cultivation.

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The upcoming second-annual European Studies Conference will explore such diverse environmental topics as the role of watermills in the Middle Ages, green spaces in Ancient Rome and today’s Paris, and saving a certain breed of pig in 21st century Italy by eating it.

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International Programs held its annual Student Funding Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 17, as part of International Education Week. At the open house, students could learn about funding opportunities for international research, language learning and more, and past award recipients were available to share their stories.

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UI International Programs’ Confucius Institute will offer a Chinese calligraphy workshop Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 248 Jessup Hall. Participants will learn the art and history of calligraphy while gaining hands-on experience. No prior knowledge of Chinese or of Chinese calligraphy is required and all materials will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by Dec. 2, and can be found at http://international.uiowa.edu/confucius.

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By Drew Davis, The Daily Iowan

Almost 300 junior-high students sat in a ballroom rapt with attention. Nearly every one raised hands eagerly to ask the speaker a question.

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By Rob Daniel, Iowa City Press-Citizen

CORALVILLE — People with disabilities are able to work in a paying job, run in a marathon and dance, said Scott Gill, president of the Iowa State Association of Independent Living to a group of middle school students.

“Do you think a person who is blind could climb Mount Everest?” he said before switching on a video about Erik Weihenmeyer, a blind man who reached the peak of Mount Everest in 2001.

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What do you imagine when you think of the American West, particularly the West of the 19th Century?  Join us at 5:00 p.m. on December 10 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol when WorldCanvass guests explore “The American West of the Imagination.”  The event is free and open to the public.

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“Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.”

Famous Russian theater director and founder of Method acting Konstantin Stanislavski wasn’t talking directly to University of Iowa graduate Emily Larson when he uttered those famous words, but he might as well have been.

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Sixth-graders from Iowa City’s Longfellow and Hoover elementary schools and students from North Central Junior High in North Liberty will be among the 300 middle-schoolers thinking globally today during the University of Iowa College of Education’s International Day.

Bus loads of students from 13 schools in Eastern Iowa and Moline, Ill., will participate in the 14th annual event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, where the theme is “The Human Right to Well-Being.”

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By Molly Rossiter, The Gazette

IOWA CITY – American Muslims are facing ‘a rising tide of Islamophobia’ that is worse than it was post-Sept. 11, panelists said last night.

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Islamophobia is not just a fear. It’s a prejudice. Miriam Amer shared this definition with a crowd in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium on Monday night. Amer, the executive director of the Iowa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, grew up in New Hampshire when the word “Islamophobia” — used to describe the fear of Islam — did not exist. “It’s become a common term,” Amer said. “A very bad term, but a common term.”

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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 Verdi’s “Don Carlo” Tuesday, Nov. 30, presented by Miriam Gilbert. 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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By Drew Davis, The Daily Iowan

Officials said University of Iowa programs and individuals are becoming more active in encouraging students to travel abroad and form a global perspective.

And at a “WorldCanvass” event Nov. 12, Mary Jo and Richard Stanley received the first-ever International Impact Award for helping the UI do just that.

The presentation of the award is the kickoff for this year’s International Education Week celebration.

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The UI will present “Intolerance and the First Amendment: Islamophobia,” a discussion of Islamophobia, human rights, and religious freedom, at 7 p.m. today in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium. The discussion will include conversations on stereotypes, misunderstandings, and fears that contribute to the rise of Islamophobia and intolerance toward the Islamic community. Panelists will present their views on policy decisions and bans concerning Islam and specific forms of religious expression.

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International student enrollment at the University of Iowa is growing faster than national trends, especially among undergraduates, and the percentage of UI students studying abroad continues to climb. This is according to data released today by the UI International Student & Scholar Services and the UI Office for Study Abroad in conjunction with the Open Doors Report.

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The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will feature two films Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.

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International Education Week gives us a chance to reflect on the importance for all of us to understand world conditions and global processes but also of making connections to people who are different from ourselves, who may or may not share our views, but who may learn from us and from whom we can also learn.

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For Karen Wachsmuth, finding a sense of place in a world bigger than herself was a journey best exemplified by The Odyssey, an epic Greek tale of someone finding his or her way back home. The University of Iowa International Programs outreach coordinator, who was born in New York City, found a place she called home through traveling.

“Traveling makes me appreciate home more, and I think that’s what home is all about: how much more that place means to you,” she says. “I love to travel but I know where my center is.”

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