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Yarimar Bonilla, assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Virginia, will present “Postcolonial Audacity: The Political Iconography of the 2009 Strike in Guadeloupe,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

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A new film series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies will allow 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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Note: This course is already filled.

Workshop in Natural Disasters and Public Memory in South Asia
(152:125: SCA Topics In Global Health)

October 7-9, 2010
International Programs Commons room 1117 (University Capitol Centre)
University of Iowa

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The 2010 Obermann Humanities Symposium, “Causes and Consequences: Global Perspectives on Gender and the History of Slavery,” will bring a variety of scholars to campus Wednesday Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 15. The scholars will explore slavery and gender and how their two complex histories have intersected in a range of time periods.

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Thursday, October 14
“Neighbors: Polish Gentiles and Polish Jews in the Holocaust”
9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Adler Journalism Building, E126

“Antisemitism and the Holocaust: Rethinking Old Questions”
4:30 – 6 p.m., ICPL meeting room A
(Reception at 4:00 p.m.)

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U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack will share his foreign policy views during an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) “political tailgate” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in Room 2520-D in the University Capitol Centre, on the second floor above Express.

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This opinion piece is from the Iowa City Press-Citizen editorial board. 

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From University News Services

Writer Yiyun Li, an alumna of the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the English Nonfiction Writing Program (NWP), has been named a MacArthur Fellow.

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By: Samantha Baehr, The Daily Iowan

In Japan, Yume Hidaka’s baby nephew is awaiting a special omiyag — souvenir — a Hawkeye shirt.

Hidaka, 27, the University of Iowa’s newest Japanese Outreach Initiative coordinator, is experiencing Hawkeye culture for the first time but with a Japanese twist.

She mingled with around 20 UI students on Sept. 21 during ocha no ojika — Japanese tea hour — in which students come together to speak Japanese.

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As I see the many new international faces on campus this fall, I am also hearing many languages–on the bus and on the streets, in the hallways, and in the Old Capital Centre where our offices are located and where many students hang out eating lunch or studying in between classes. It occurs to me that these many languages of Iowa City (who would have thought?) drive home the fact that our monolingualism in the U.S. is the exception rather than the rule. I suspect that the increasing numbers of international students at the University of Iowa are conveying this important fact to all of our students, particularly those from the Midwest who have not ventured far from home.

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Seven years after U.S. troops were deployed to unseat then-President Saddam Hussein, military operations in Iraq have ended. But rebuilding the Middle East democracy — isolated and ruled by a brutal dictator then wracked by years of conflict and insurgency — has only begun.

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The UI South Asian Studies Program (SASP) will start its fall lecture series by welcoming to The University of Iowa Dr. Nupur Barua of New Delhi, India, for two related talks.

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Produced by International Programs at the University of Iowa, WorldCanvass® explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape.

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WorldCanvass Studio, a mobile version of the University of Iowa International Programs’ monthly radio and television program WorldCanvass, will feature Eliza Griswold, author of “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Iowa City Congregational Church. The event is free and open to the public.

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The International Crossroads Community (ICC), a University of Iowa living and learning community, will host its annual open house from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, on the eighth floor of Mayflower Residence Hall.

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Check out this video to learn about study abroad opportunities for engineering majors at the UI and how a study abroad experience can fit into students’ rigorous schedules.

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Ghada Abdel Aal, an International Writing Program resident from Egypt, will be featured on “Images of the Muslim World,” Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

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The United Nations Day of Older Persons second-annual celebration will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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By Diane Heldt, The Gazette
Photo by Brian Ray.

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The University of Iowa Institute for Cinema and Culture is featuring popular Latin American comedies that are not usually available in the United States for its fall film series.

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A new Japanese outreach program coordinated by University of Iowa International Programs aims to build understanding and knowledge of Japanese culture and language. The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) is a program supported by the Laurasian Institution and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, which funds the position of a Japanese cultural ambassador for two years. Yume Hidaka, a Kagoshima native, serves in that role and is available to give programs and presentations on Japanese culture on the UI campus and in communities across Iowa now through July of 2012.

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What: The Myth of McDonaldization: Globalization and Culture Change in a Japanese Community
When: Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus
Presenter: Keith Brown, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

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Check out this video to see highlights from the 2008-09 Brazilian Carnival: Music and Dance winter program, offered through Study Abroad.

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From the September 2010 Newsletter

By Katelyn McBride

The number of international students on campus this fall is at a record high thanks to IP’s recruitment efforts. Around 800 new international students are enrolled at the UI, making the total international student population roughly 2,800. That’s almost 9 percent of all students on campus.

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