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E.g., Monday, March 30, 2015
E.g., Monday, March 30, 2015

By B.A. Morelli, The Press-Citizen

Local residents and students tried to contact loved ones affected by Friday’s deadly tsunami that rocked Japan and sent people scrambling in Hawaii and West Coast cities.

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The University of Iowa has nine students studying in Japan. Six are in Nagoya, about 220 miles southwest of Tokyo, and those students felt the quake but their city had no serious damage. One on an exchange program at a university in the Tokyo area is fine and has been in touch with her family. The other two students, who are on programs not affiliated with the university, are fine as well – one in in Kofu, 70 miles west of Tokyo, and the other in Hirakata, more than 300 miles southwest of Tokyo.

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By Mark Carlson, SourceMedia Group News

Shaw Akutsu lives in Iowa, he grew up in Iowa, and the only place he wants to be this spring break, is in Japan.

“I honestly just want to be over there, just so that I know where my parents are and that they are safe,” he said.

Despite never living in Japan, Akutsu calls the country his home. His parents moved from Iowa back to Japan shortly after Shaw was accepted into the University of Iowa.

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By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan

Harb Harb has traveled to the Middle East before to see how the health-care systems work.

And now, the fourth-year medical student wants to expose fellow students to those experiences.

Four medical students from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine are planning to travel to the West Bank at the end of this month to explore the health-care system’s hospitals and refugee camps.

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University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine has offered global programs throughout the world, but where four students will travel later this month is a first.

The fourth-year medical students will experience the first medical elective in the West Bank. Not only will the students receive hands-on medical practice, but the group will see, firsthand, the effects of political turmoil on health care.

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Sociolinguistics expert E. Annamalai will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, March 24, to discuss the changing linguistic scene in India. His talk, titled “Challenges to Indian Multilingualism,” begins at 4 p.m. in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

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IOWA CITY – An official with the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington, D.C., will speak at midday Friday at the University of Iowa. Jiri Ellinger, head of the political section of the embassy, will lecture on ‘The Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States in a Tumultuous World.’ The talk and luncheon – both free and open to the public – will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. No preregistration is required, and the lecture will begin at noon.

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A new UI lecture series will explore and celebrate East Africa beginning Tuesday, March 22, with a talk by Valerie Hoffman titled, “Celebrating Muhammad, Remembering God: Sufism in Egypt” at 6 p.m. in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. All lectures are free and open to the public.

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This announcement appeared in the Press-Citizen.

Jirí Ellinger, head of the political section of the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington, D.C., will speak Friday on “The Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States in a Tumultuous World.” The talk and luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Center, and both are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required, and the talk will begin at noon.

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The University of Iowa African Studies Program’s spring Baraza series will continue Wednesday, March 23, with a lecture titled “Poetry in the Time of AIDS: Kiswahili Poetry and the HIV-AIDS Pandemic,” presented by Aldin Mutembei (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania). The talk will take place in 315 Phillips Hall at 4 p.m. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

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By Kendall McCabe, The Daily Iowan

See the original article, photo slideshow and a video here.

Children of Arabic descent in the United States get teased and called such names as “Osama” and “terrorist” each year around the anniversary of 9/11, said Shams Ghoneim, the former president of the Consultation of Religious Communities of Johnson County.

It even happens in Iowa City.

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Le Samouraï

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Mar. 10, with a screening of Le Samouraï (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville, 101 min), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

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Jiří Ellinger, head of the political section of the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington, D.C., will be speaking Friday, Mar. 11, on “The Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States in a Tumultuous World.” The talk and luncheon are free and open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Center.

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Acclaimed Indian classical dance artist, Madhavapeddi Murthy, will be a guest of the University of Iowa from Thursday, March 3, through Friday, March 11.

Murthy will make two appearances that are free and open to the public. The first will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Space Place Theater in North Hall, as part of the UI Dancers In Company Target-sponsored matinee performance. The second will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A.

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This announcement appeared in Eastern Iowa Life.

The University of Iowa European Studies Group (ESG) will welcome visiting scholar Michael Bess for a talk on the ethical and social implications of new technologies for human biological enhancement.

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Water and its relationship to the environment, global health, development and the rights of individuals and communities will be the topic of the next WorldCanvass on Friday, March 25 in Rm. 2780 of the University Capitol Centre. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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Roughly 20 people, including several volunteers, gathered Tuesday night at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, which sends volunteers overseas to live and work. Returned Peace Corps volunteers relived their memories of time spent teaching children, traveling, and learning the language of the country.

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A pioneering program leads students from Iraq to Iowa. In this edition of the “Iowa Insights” podcast, meet Sabah Hussein Enayah, a determined young mother who came to the University of Iowa with a dream: to help re-build her war-torn nation. The 31-year-old graduate student and mother of three shares how she and her family sacrificed everything to come to a strange new country.

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The UI European Studies Group (ESG) will welcome visiting scholar Michael Bess for a talk on the ethical and social implications of new technologies for human biological enhancement.

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The painting Endless Flight uses the bright, vivid colors of the Caribbean as it articulates shapes and forms across the surface of the canvas, infusing the piece with life and meaning.

Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval Carrié created this intriguing painting. He will deliver a lecture about his native country at 5 p.m. today in 2520D University Capitol Centre.

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The assessment trip featured in this video was part of a development partnership between the University of Iowa, Engineers Without Borders USA, Self-Help International and people living in Ghana. The hope is that sustainable development focused on water, sanitation and energy will occur over time in ways that enable improved community health and prosperity.

Sarah Rourke and Nathan Rourke received funding for this trip through the Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program and Kali Feiereisel received a Stanley undergraduate award for international research. These awards are made possible by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization.

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The University of Iowa African Studies Program’s spring Baraza series will begin at noon Monday, March 7, with a lecture titled “Following the Ball: African Soccer Players, Labor Strategies and Immigration across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1945-75,” presented by Todd Cleveland. The talk will take place in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

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Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department’s touring repertory company, will kick off its 2011 season — its 27th — with a “home concert” at 8 p.m.

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By Benjy Sarlin, Talking Points Memo.

Lyombe Eko is a UI faculty member in International Programs and journalism.

Anti-government uprisings have spread from an initial revolution in Tunisia to countries across the region, including Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, and Yemen. Could the revolutionary fervor be migrating outside of the Arab world as well?

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