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E.g., Monday, August 3, 2015
E.g., Monday, August 3, 2015

By Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Some Iraqi students studying in the United States on a new government-backed scholarship program could be forced to return home if they cannot meet English-proficiency requirements, a prospect that worries international educators.

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Source: University News Services

Five University of Iowa students have shown they have what it takes to meet The IOWA Challenge, the university’s core expectations for undergraduates.

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Activities in India–from faculty partnerships and institutional visits, to study abroad efforts–have increased substantially in the past few years.  Our India “Winterim” study abroad program, which takes place each year from the end of December to the beginning of the spring semester in late January, is a case in point.  In the winter term, 2006-07, there was a single course offered in India, and 17 students enrolled.  By any standard measure, a group of 17 is a healthy start for a first-time study abroad program.  But from 2006-07 to 2010-11, the program has exploded.  This past winter, 16

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The International Crossroads Community (ICC), a University of Iowa living and learning community, was recently awarded the April/May Student Organization of the Month Award by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. The award recognizes outstanding dedication and work by UI student organizations, and ICC has been specifically acknowledged for its recently successful event, Gusto Latino.

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In a recent Q&A session with The Daily Iowan, UI President Sally Mason discussed the importance of studying abroad and diversity on our campus. See the excerpt below:

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By Samantha Gentry, The Daily Iowan

Samantha Sidwell wants to push musical boundaries. The University of Iowa senior wants to mix alternative and classical music by mixing her cello with a loop pedal — a device that would allow her to create layers of melody and texture into her live performances.

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The following commentary by Matthew Wolf appeared in the Daily Iowan opinion section. Wolf, a UI junior, is in the International Studies B.A. program.

In light of a fierce national debate on immigration, with states cutting services to immigrants in an attempt to make ends meet, it is fitting to share a story of acceptance.

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By Emily Hoerner, The Daily Iowan

As relations between the United States and China become more important in the economic world, experts say networking early could be an asset for business students.

And one University of Iowa organization, the Greater China Business Association, aims to do just that by connecting international students from China and domestic students.

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Four University of Iowa students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical languages during the summer of 2011. The students will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes in countries where these languages are spoken. The scholarship recipients are: Jacqueline Cieslak, studying Hindi in India; Rebecca Kreitzer, studying Chinese in China; Addie Leak, studying Arabic in Jordan; and Michelle Quill, studying Bangla/Bengali in Bangladesh.

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By Kirsten Jacobsen, The Daily Iowan

Sara Manos said her favorite Swahili phrase means, simply, “to sleep deeply.”

“Lala fo fo fo,” Manos scrawled in Swahili on a piece of paper late last month.

The University of Iowa African Studies student, who’s in an intermediate level Swahili class this semester, is one of 64 students in the program.

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Check out a series of features -- first seen in the Daily Iowan -- that showcase several UI students' unique study abroad experiences.

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This announcement from University News Services profiles ISBA student Doug Stienstra. Photo by Tim Schoon.

Doug Stienstra was in trouble when he asked his girlfriend to suggest something he could get for her birthday.

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The second University of Iowa Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture will be presented by Pablo Piccato at 4 p.m. today in the International Programs’ Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. His talk is titled “Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News.” This event is free and open to the public.

The talk will examine crime and police newspapers and magazines in Mexico between the 1930s and 1960s, when the roles of reporters as detectives and criminals as public figures shaped social views of justice and the truth behind crime.

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By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan

Summer Schoop stayed up all night Sunday to watch President Obama inform the world about the slaying of Osama bin Laden.

The University of Iowa junior, who is studying abroad in Seville, Spain, said she streamed Obama’s speech online after she saw the news on Facebook and Twitter.

The next morning, Schoop, 20, began to receive e-mails from the U.S. Embassy about travel warnings for Americans abroad, she said.

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By Hunter Sharpless for the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) will screen its final film this Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB: Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan, 113 min.).

Memento tells the story of Leonard Shelby, an ex-insurance agent who suffers from anterograde amnesia that makes him unable to form new memories. The condition began when he received a head injury while trying to fight off two men who raped and murdered his wife. On the telephone with an unknown caller, Leonard explains that he killed one of her attackers. In order to document facts while he searches for the second attacker, Shelby takes Polaroid photos, which he annotates for future reference. He also has tattoos facts of the case on his body. In sequences alternating between color and black & white, Shelby’s quest for justice discloses something darker. Nolan was nominated for a 2002 Oscar for his screenplay. Drawing on European art films such as Last Year at Marienbad (dir. Alain Resnais, 1961), Memento keeps you guessing while you try to put the pieces of Leonard’s story together.

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The following blog post from Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) features UI graduate Stephanie Enloe, the director of sustainable projects for Travel for Change International, a small group of committed volunteers who are building an eco-lodge near Njombe, Tanzania.

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By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan

A couple swiftly dances the six-step salsa sequence to a fast-paced rhythm. They weave in and out from each other’s arms, pausing for a mere second on the fourth beat.

The dance is structured but maintains a sensuous vibe. Salsa, which has roots in both Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances, has a defined culture all its own.

“If there is something stereotypically Latino, salsa is the thing,” said University of Iowa sophomore Jacqueline Correa.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 28, with a screening of L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson, 134 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

L.A. Confidential is an epic take on film after noir during an era in which big-budget feature films vie for audiences with “law and order” television series. Attention to visual and audio details evokes the postwar Los Angeles chronicled by James Ellroy in his L.A. Quartet.

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By Kelli Andersen
Photo by Tom Jorgensen

This feature story about Liz Crooks appeared in fyi, The University of Iowa’s faculty and staff electronic newsletter. See the original article here.

Liz Crooks

To say Liz Crooks is multifaceted is a pretty big understatement. To say she’s got a full plate is an even bigger one.

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Introducing global perspectives into their classrooms is a task that many Iowa K-12 teachers may soon have to face in order to meet Iowa Core Curriculum requirements for global literacy. That’s why the Stanley Foundation and International Programs are once again funding the Global Education Summer Institute for Teachers.

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For most educators and students throughout the developing world, the Internet represents and expensive, unreliable, and oftentimes impossible method to access the existing treasure trove of on-line educational resources. Using off-line technologies to deliver Web information has the potential to be effective in many areas.

Since 2002, the WiderNet Project, a service program in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, has been delivering off-line copies of Web sites to schools in the developing world via the eGranary Digital Library — “The Internet in a Box.” Through a process of mirroring web sites (with permission) and delivering them to partner institutions in developing countries, this digital library delivers instant access to a wide variety of educational resources including video, audio, books, journals, and Web sites over local area networks. With a built-in catalog and search engine, the eGranary appears to the end user to be just like the Internet, only many times faster. Amongst the 1,200 Web sites included in the eGranary are Wikipedia, MIT’s OpenCourseware, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the Gutenberg Project, and hundreds of open source journals.

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The following opinion piece by Ahmed E. Souaiaia appeared in Examiner. Souaiaia is a UI associate professor in International Programs, Religious Studies and the College of Law.

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The University of Iowa 2011 Second Language Acquisition (SLA) graduate student symposium will take place Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, in 2520D, University Capitol Centre. The symposium is free and open to the public.

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