International Accents

E.g., Saturday, December 20, 2014
E.g., Saturday, December 20, 2014

International students who arrived at the University of Iowa last week got a rich taste of American culture Wednesday evening as they spun their partners and promenaded around the community room at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

More than 75 students took part in the dinner and square dance event for new students sponsored by Hills Bank.

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The University of Iowa Confucius Institute will offer Mandarin Chinese language and culture classes to community members and families starting Jan. 24, 2011, in Iowa City and Jan. 30 in Davenport.

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Join us at 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2011, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum when WorldCanvass guests explore the counterculture of the 60s and 70s. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

We’ll start by defining the term counterculture and looking at social history in the United States and Europe in the post WWII era, particularly during the 60s and 70s when many of the values and norms that defined the 50s were rejected and a youth culture challenged traditional views on everything from patriotism, the law and government to marriage, race, gender roles, sexuality and recreational drugs.

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The collection of photos on Scott King’s office wall are proof of his dedication to international learning. King, 57, grew up in Maine and said he only traveled outside of New England two times before he left for college. Since then he’s traveled to more than 40 countries as a student and a professional. He has worked at the University of Iowa as the Assistant Dean of International Programs in the International Student & Scholar Services for seven years, and has helped dramatically increase the number of international students attending school at UI.

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Diane Heldt, Iowa Higher Education

IOWA CITY — The snow, they like. The sometimes bitterly cold winter temperatures, not so much.

Five students from Iraq finished their first semester at the University of Iowa this fall, as part of the Iraqi Education Initiative, a program in which a handful of colleges and universities around the country are participating.

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Rebecca Arnold was enjoying her life in Chicago with a budding career in the publishing industry when she felt an itch. Her city life was exciting, but her career was missing something. “It wasn’t lighting any fires,” she says. “I was at a point in my life when I wanted to add value to the world.”

Not long after, Arnold was feeling a different kind of itch as a Peace Corps volunteer maneuvering through the Spiny Desert, a region in Madagascar famous for its thorny, elaborate plants that she describes as reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss book.

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By Regina Zilbermints, Des Moines Register

Eric Scott spent 46 hours in airports or on airplanes.

The 20-year-old was trying to get home to Adel from a semester in London when weather forced airlines all over Europe to delay and cancel flights.

“I had to sleep in line so I could leave the next morning,” Scott said. “I slept on the linoleum with hundreds of people surrounding me.”

And Scott, a Central College student who made it back to Adel on Saturday, may be one of the lucky ones.

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Gifts, trees and Santa Claus — most, if not all, children across the country know about holiday traditions in America.

But what about other countries across the globe?

Seventh-grade students at North Central Junior High in North Liberty got a lesson in holiday celebrations in other countries Monday, courtesy of several University of Iowa students. A half dozen UI students gave presentations on holidays in their home countries, which included Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, China and Malaysia.

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By Ariana Witt, The Daily Iowan

Cassie Creasy grew up in a family that never talked politics. Her parents never made a big deal over elections or party affiliations — something she enjoyed.

“I was never expected to think a certain way or believe anything in particular,” Creasy said.

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Looking for a University of Iowa camiseta for your hermana? You’re in luck. The University of Iowa recently launched a line of foreign language T-shirts that proclaim the University of Iowa in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.

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“OK, let’s get started,” said Nilo Couret, a graduate fellow in the University of Iowa’s cinema/comparative literature department. It was a Thursday night in November, and he began hosting a film session in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building by explaining the context and cultural nuances that define certain films from Latin America

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The Opera Studies Forum is part of UI International Programs.

By Alyssa Marie Harn, The Daily Iowan

A woman takes the stage dressed in leather boots, a button-up blouse, and a cowgirl hat, riding a live horse. Staples of the Wild West surround Minnie, the cowgirl, as she rides around the stage and belts out her Italian lyrics in the opera La Fanciulla del West.

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By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan

As a child, Courtney Hageman became used to her father’s monthly work trips.

During her freshman year of high school, the eye specialist took Courtney with him to Europe. While her father gave lectures about macular degeneration, a disease that causes blindness, the then 14-year-old explored tiny Italian villages near the Mediterranean Sea.

In Italy, Hageman enjoyed listening to the sounds of an unfamiliar language and tasting exotic foods.

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From the Iowa City Press-Citizen .

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater screenings with a talk on Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” on Wednesday, presented by Kim Marra. All lectures are at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre Conference Seminar Room, Room 2520D, and are free and open to the public.

Marra is a professor of American studies and theater arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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From University News Services


Cathy Cole

Two new awards will help University of Iowa faculty strengthen academic exchange with Chinese colleagues through the creation of a new center and develop an online course that will improve global trade practices.

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CIA Chief Leon Panetta, Federal Officials Urge Scholars To Help Improve Foreign Language Learning in U.S.

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — In order to make the United States more globally competitive and secure from foreign attacks, the nation must radically transform the way it teaches foreign language.

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Guests at the next “WorldCanvass” program will compare and contrast the idealized European view of the American West of the 19th century with the reality as American Indians knew it. “The American West of the Imagination” program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol. The event is free and open to the public.

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UI senior Renugan Raidoo was recently named a 2011 Rhodes Scholar – one of only 32 awardees in the nation and the first Rhodes Scholar at The University of Iowa since 1993.

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Van Allen Elementary students got to try something different Monday — dancing to Afro-Cuban beats. “It’s cool and different,” said Austin Carter, 8, a third-grader. Van Allen had a school-wide assembly with special guests, the University of Iowa Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble, as part of the first annual International Day. The purpose was to expose students to dances, games, art projects and other traditional customs of a variety of cultures.

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By Samantha Gentry, The Daily Iowan

A conductor who previously had touched the community through her music now reaches Iowa City through promoting the cultures of those outside of the United States.

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This is a guest opinion from the Iowa City Press-Citizen by UI history professor H. Glenn Penny

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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 Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” Wednesday, Dec. 15, presented by Kim Marra. 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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The UI Latin American Studies Program is sponsoring three events as part of Amazon Week:

Wednesday, Dec. 1
What: Film Screening and discussion with director: “Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration,” directed by Laura R. Graham, David Hernández Palmar and Caimi Waiassé, (2009).
When: 7 p.m.
Where: 1505 Seamans

Part of the UI Center for Human Rights “Careers for Change” series

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The last “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

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