International Accents

E.g., Friday, December 19, 2014
E.g., Friday, December 19, 2014

What is “nothing” in the context of the humanitarian experience? In this paper, I use “nothingness” as a means of staying morally proximate to IDPs in order to understand why the activities of humanitarians, so carefully documented for donors, fail to register as gifts or as statist care in the eyes of their beneficiaries. Using Alain Badiou’s concept of the void, I examine the problem not only of “having nothing,” but also “doing nothing” and “being nothing.” In doing so, I begin to go beyond Badiou’s formal presentation and to develop nothingness as anthropological concept and lived experience.

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This article, which appeared in The Brown and White, a student newspaper at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, mentions the well-establish study abroad programs at The University of Iowa.

By Kathryn Suma

Lehigh students, along with college students across the country, are now able to visit the one island previously off limits to Americans – the once forbidden Cuba is now an option for study abroad.

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The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will present Francesco Dalla Vecchia Thursday, Feb. 17, for a talk titled “At the Origins of the Love Duet: Monteverdi’s and Cavalli’s Shared Strophic Arias.” The event is free and open to the public and begins at 4:30 p.m. in Gerber Lounge of the English Philosophy Building.

Dalla Vecchia will explain the difference between a shared strophic aria and a duet, which are often confused, and how this type of aria was used in 17th-century opera for two dramatic functions: the expression of two lovers’ harmonious bond and the contrast of verbal confrontation. This talk will further examine the use of shared strophic arias in the work of composers Francesco Cavalli and Claudio Monteverdi.

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This talk took place January 25, 2011. To learn more about the presentation, visit here or contact Denise Filios at denise-filios@uiowa.edu.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 10, with a screening of Kiss Me Deadly (1955, 106 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

Kiss Me Deadly is director Robert Aldrich’s and screenplay writer’s A. I. Bezzeride’s take on Mickey Spillane’s novel of the same title. Private detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) picks up hitchhiker Christina Bailey on a dark highway in the middle of the night. Soon after, gangsters overtake them, killing Bailey before sending her and an unconscious Hammer over a cliff in Hammer’s pristine white XK120 Jaguar convertible. When Hammer wakes up in a hospital three days later, he senses that Christina must have been involved in something serious. With the help of his assistant, Velda (Maxine Cooper), he sets out to solve the mystery of a box — dubbed “the great whatzit” — whose contents are supposedly worth a fortune.

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The UI Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome Camilla Townsend to the UI Wednesday, Feb. 16, for a talk, “Alias ‘Don Luis,’” at 4 p.m. in Room 302 of Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

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East Africa is the destination for the next WorldCanvass and you’re invited to come along as a member of the live audience.

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Autumn Tallman’s experiences abroad inform the work she does today. She remembers the challenge of deciding whether or not to come out while participating in a high school study abroad program in Israel at age 15.

“Being far from family and friends without my usual support system was harder than I imagined it would be,” says Tallman, who has served as a study abroad advisor and program coordinator in the University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad since 2002.

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I have been going to Egypt on a regular basis since 1985. I’m often accompanied by my students from the University of Iowa College of Law, and we’ve visited the courts, parliament and universities, meeting with lawyers, judges and law professors and learning about the legal and political system there. We have also met students, merchants, security men, university officials, and, especially, tourist guides, learning even more about the country and building relationships that endure to this day.

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A University of Iowa student studying in Egypt is safe, and he has decided to stay in the country, even as protests continue, UI officials said Tuesday.

The student, who is enrolled at the American University in Cairo, has spoken with his parents, who subsequently contacted UI staff, said Downing Thomas, the dean of International Programs.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, with screenings of Panic in the Streets (1950, Elia Kazan, 96 min.) & Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, Don Siegel, 80 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

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Facebook is doing more than letting people connect with old friends these days. It’s facilitating a revolution. And it’s allowing one Tunisian woman living in Iowa City to keep up with the tumultuous politics at home.

On Tuesday, Asma Ben Romdhane, who teaches Arabic at the University of Iowa through the yearlong Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant’s exchange program, spoke to more than 80 people about the events of the last month in the northern African nation.

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The University of Iowa has stepped up international recruitment in recent years, with the vast majority of foreign students coming from China. Now, they are looking for potential Hawkeyes in the country with the world’s second-largest population — India.

Fewer than 1 percent of the UI’s international students come from India, and now UI officials believe they have found a cost-effective — though historically controversial — way to reach out.

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How did a German Jewish cabaret performer escape the Nazis to become a world-famous artist, feminist and activist?

And why did her estate give her works and papers to the University of Iowa?

Learn the answers to these questions and more by visiting a new UIMA exhibition, Lil Picard and Counterculture New York, and by attending or listening in to the next WorldCanvass program at 5 p.m. Friday in the Old Capitol Museum.

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During the first day of class, I asked students enrolled in my survey course on the Islamic civilization to think of an important event from around the world. The first student to speak pointed out the return of a dictator to Haiti. The second student said that China flying its first Stealth airplane was a very significant event. Three other students spoke, pointing out various events, before a student mentioned the ongoing Tunisian revolution.

I asked how many students had even a vague idea about what has happened in Tunisia since Dec. 18, 2010; around 10 percent of them raised their hands.

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“Film After Noir,” a UI film series for the spring semester, will include screenings of films not generally associated with the classic 1941-1958 noir cycle.

The series will focus on films produced between 1950 and 2000 that display or revise elements of classic noir. The screenings are free and open to the public and will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building through May 5.

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The public is encouraged to attend the next recording of “WorldCanvass,” when guests will discuss the counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s. This free program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

The program will examine the social history of the U.S. during the ’60s and ’70s, a time when youth culture rejected traditional views on everything from patriotism and government to sexuality and recreational drugs. Guests will discuss the movement’s influence on film, theater, art and pop culture in decades to come.

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University of Iowa students could soon have the chance to study abroad in once off-limits Cuba because of recent federal policy changes.

President Obama’s administration lifted restrictions on study abroad programs to Cuba on Jan. 14, overturning limits put in place by then-President George W. Bush in 2004.

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By Downing Thomas

Last week, with my still fresh New Year’s resolution to read more (more international perspectives in the news, more contemporary literature), I found a fascinating article in Le Monde analyzing the strange fact that the French President has had no spokesperson for over two and a half years.  Most Western democracies put their spokespersons on camera regularly–daily in the U.S., twice per day in Britain, three times each week in Germany).  Yet, France, in its role as the exceptional democracy, has decided to do without.

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Instead of staring at a PowerPoint presentation, Introduction to International Relations students could soon be gazing onto the beaches of Normandy.

University of Iowa students will no longer have to wade through all their general-education requirements in classrooms overlooking the Pentacrest. Instead, they’ll have the opportunity to take in London, Paris, or Florence.

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WASHINGTON – Most Americans are barred from traveling to Cuba, but Iowa college students soon may be packing their bags to visit the island. President Barack Obama’s recent decision to ease travel restrictions for academics and church groups prompted Iowa’s colleges to plan new programs for study in Cuba.

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This article from Inside Higher Ed discusses plans for a new International Knowledge Center in Bangalore, India, which The University of Iowa and other U.S. institutions plan to use partially for recruitment of Indian students.

By Elizabeth Redden

The Trojans have staked out territory all over the world.

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How did one young man’s protest spark the Tunisian Revolution of 2011? Asma Ben Romdhane, a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant from Tunisia, will discuss events that led to the recent ousting of Tunisian President Ben Ali during a lecture Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

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Just when I’d thought my younger years were behind me, Cory Petersen, the cocoordinator of the INdIA Winterim classes, informed my section that, for logistical reasons, our upcoming visit to India was technically a “field trip.”

Best. Field. Trip. Ever.

If you have ever wanted to travel outside of the United States, but weren’t sure how to go about doing so, take this class.

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Mrs. Jane Huit, one of the American co-founders of International Wives’ Club of Iowa City, as it was known then, has recently passed away.

Mrs. Huit and Mrs. Velma Stuit, the other American co-founder, recognized the importance of welcoming international women to our community and helping them find good friends and interesting activities. The organization began in the late 1950s, and the name changed to International Women’s Club in 1978. Currently there are around 140 members from over 30 countries.

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