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E.g., Sunday, July 5, 2015
E.g., Sunday, July 5, 2015

By Joan Staak, The Daily Iowan

A year and seven months after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, public awareness of the poverty-stricken country has shrunk.

Dr. Paul Farmer, a cofounder of the humanitarian organization Partners in Health and a Harvard professor, is working to change that.

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With the summer months behind us and the start of another academic year, I would like to welcome you back to campus and extend my best wishes for an exciting and productive fall semester.

Our offices have been buzzing with orientation and advising activities for another large class of international undergraduates and with UI students exploring global study opportunities as part of their UI experience. As faculty members return to the classroom to take up teaching and mentoring duties, and as the collaborative work of IP’s programs and centers once again gets under way, I continue my work with Provost Butler and with leadership in the colleges, departments, and divisions across campus to set priorities, establish goals, and face new challenges as we begin the 2011-12 academic year.

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By Chastity Dillard, The Daily Iowan

Sitting at her Mayflower kitchen table, adorned with a Hawkeye-symbol tablecloth, Yoon Kyung Lee, laughs while chatting with new friend, Effy Lee.

Both South Korean, the 20-year-olds instantly shared a bond as newly arriving international students for the fall semester.

“It’s not my first time coming to the U.S.,” Yoon Lee said, who at age 15 was a foreign-exchange student in Texas, “so adjusting here isn’t a big deal for me. The time difference is worse.”

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Prof Frederick Smith from the University of Iowa joined the dharna in Mysore. The professor, who specializes in Sanskrit studies, sat in a corner and joined agitators in reciting bhajans. “There is corruption in other parts of the world too. But the way people are protesting in India is something unique,” he said. He’s associated with the Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development (V-LEAD), a unit of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement founded by R Balasubramaniam and currently visiting India with students from the US.

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An unusual face, in an unusual setting. One that immediately stood out from the crowd. But Fred Smith considers himself more Indian that most. A professor of Sanskrit from the University of Iowa, USA, Smith was part of a 200-strong crowd which had gathered at Gandhi Square, Mysore, to protest social activist Anna Hazare’s arrest in Delhi. The dharna was led by Dr R Balasubramaniam, founder of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM).

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Goal is to encourage students to interact, overcome shyness

By Erica Pennington, The Gazette
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By Lee Hermiston, The Press-Citizen

This week, hundreds of incoming international University of Iowa students will take English tests, meet with their academic advisers and attend sessions on American culture.

But first, they learned to do-si-do.

For at least 15 years, a square dance has been an integral part of the international student orientation. Hundreds of students filled the Iowa Memorial Union’s Main Lounge to take part in the festivities.

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As Peace Corps commemorates 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world, Iowa City residents will have the unique opportunity to hear first-hand how one person can help make a difference, both at home and abroad, at this community event on Monday, August 15, 2011, at the Iowa City Public Library.

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The following article spotlights Dave Bess, a UI graduate who studied abroad in Italy and went on to form the band Public Property. Bess explains how traveling and studying at the UI and abroad influenced his music.

By Stephanie Wise, The Iowa City Press-Citizen

Dave Bess has a chronic case of wanderlust.

It’s what brought the 30-year-old Oahu, Hawaii, native to Iowa City in the first place, then to New York City, Italy and all over Europe; and now, to Arizona, where he’s moving this month.

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By Allie Grasgreen, Inside Higher Ed

WASHINGTON — One of the lesser-known factors in why East Asian students have trouble seeking counseling lies not in the Chinese or Taiwanese culture, nor in the upbringing of these students, nor in one of the numerous myths and stereotypes that follow them around campus.

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Chinese students are coming to study at the University of Iowa in increasing numbers. In part two of this story, Guannan Huang spoke with some of these students to find out the difficulties they’ve had adapting to American culture.

By Stephen Schmidt, Iowa City Patch
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Chinese students are coming to study at the University of Iowa in increasing numbers. In part one of this story, Guannan Huang speaks with some of these students to find out why, and what they think of Iowa City.

By Guannan Huang, Iowa City Patch
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By Rob Daniel, The Press-Citizen

Carnivale in Trinidad and other parts of the Caribbean is a mixture of different cultures coming together to celebrate, bringing together elements such as French foxes, Spanish horses and African spiders.

Another part of the party can be a Chinese dragon, which was toward the front of a long parade of children around the Iowa City Public Library and the pedestrian mall and included Luke Becker, 10, of Iowa City, and his sisters, Emma, 9, and Cora, 6.

“I liked ringing the bells on the dragon and shaking around,” Luke said.

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Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps as a way to help people in developing countries; within six months the first group of volunteers was deployed. Half a century—and more than 200,000 volunteers—later, little about the independent government agency has changed.

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By Chastity Dillard, The Daily Iowan

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba was forced to leave his Ugandan home in March for his safety.

The gay-rights activist, now in the United States, stood before a captivated church crowd Sunday morning to discuss Uganda’s gay rights issues.

Though he’s not gay himself, Kiyimba has traveled from church to church across the United States for the last 12 weeks, hoping to raise awareness of a Ugandan anti-homosexuality legislation.

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Unprecedented cuts were made by Congress to International Education and Foreign Language Studies for the current fiscal year. While a $50 million reduction may not seem terribly large in the context of a federal budget of more than $3 trillion, this particular cut amounts to a 40% decrease in funding for these areas, affecting U.S. Department of Education programs in particular.

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Following a shaky six-year peace agreement, the birth of the Republic of South Sudan is the final stage in the hopes of ending decades of war.

And for University of Iowa student Grace Nyoma, the separation is a welcome change.

“This is the best thing that could of happened for Sudan,” she said.

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Each summer, UI International Programs hosts a Global Education Summer Institute for K-12 teachers throughout the State of Iowa. This year’s theme broadly addressed global literacy concepts and the 21st century skills of the Iowa Core Curriculum.

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By Brittany Caplin

From fyi, the UI’s faculty and staff newsletter

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By Brittany Trevick, The Daily Iowan

University of Iowa graduate student Hao Zhang came to Iowa from China with no furniture to stock his apartment. But after stopping at Faith Baptist Church, he wound up with a desk, a microwave, and much more to furnish his Iowa City apartment.

Through the church-sponsored International Giveaway program, international students who come to the United States with little to nothing to furnish their apartments can pick up furniture and other household items.

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By Liu Jun, China Daily

After five minutes of practice, my students at the University of Iowa joined their first ever “chopsticks contest”.

As my teaching assistant, Huang Guannan, kept the time with her cell phone, the four members of the first group ran around the desk, trying to transfer as many wadded up tissue-paper balls as possible from one plate to another. The sticks kept falling, but they managed a dozen.

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By Ian Stewart, The Daily Iowan

Fewer than 24 hours after he got off a plane from Islamabad, Pakistan, Ben Rogers was sitting on his couch in Cedar Rapids, watching the news of Osama bin Laden’s death unfold.

Rogers’ April trip to Pakistan, as part of an unofficial U.S. State Department-sponsored delegation, was at the heart of his discussion of American-Pakistani relations during a speech to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Wednesday.

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In this video, Rochelle Liu talks about her study abroad experience in Beijing, China. She was able to connect to her extended Chinese family, fulfill requirements for her Chinese minor, and feed her sense of adventure by zip-lining off the Great Wall of China. Liu advises students to be open minded of other cultures and learn to appreciate your host country’s history and people.

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