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E.g., Friday, June 26, 2015
E.g., Friday, June 26, 2015

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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Death and spirituality in the poetry of Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, will be discussed in an upcoming lecture at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, in 315 Phillips Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

George Handley will be speaking on “The Metaphysics of Nature in the Poetry of Derek Walcott.” He will focus on the clash between materialism and metaphysics in the natural world in Walcott’s recent poetry, as well as in some of his unpublished work.

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By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan

The Arab Students Association wants the University of Iowa community to look beyond the turmoil that’s rocking Libya, Syria, Yemen, and a host of other Middle Eastern states.

Today marks the second day of a week of activities designed to teach students about the culture and day-to-day life in the Middle East — with a healthy dose of political discussion thrown in. It’s the UI’s first Middle Eastern Awareness Week.

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By Alison Sullivan, The Daily Iowan

 

To the vibrant thump of the drums, Habibatu Timbo’s body jerked and swayed, her long tangerine skirt flying about her.

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What do a ukuleleist, a manager, and a Chihuahua have in common? All are characters in a short film by two University of Iowa graduate students that was recently selected to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

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Lisa Johnson is a Stanley graduate award recipient. She is going to the Czech Republic this summer to conduct research related to the project described in the article below.

By Max Freund, The Daily Iowan

Eight women stand shoulder to shoulder on a cold cement floor. Their voices mingle and bounce off the barren, gray walls. They are welcoming, beckoning anyone who will listen to take a ride on a train through their lives.

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Two events collectively themed “Don’t Forget Sudan” on Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, hope to encourage public discussion and awareness of the current situation in Sudan regarding the referendum and the social and political climate. Both events are free and open to the public.

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In one of his two trips to South Africa, Brian Buh ate a stew of cow intestines and liver to not be rude – despite being a vegetarian. While in Bolivia, he biked down Yungas Road, later named by the UN as the “world’s most dangerous road” because of its average yearly fatalities. He has been living in Chile since August, 2010, taking classes at the Universidad Nacional Andres Bello as part of the USAC program. In May he will graduate from the UI with degrees in Religious Studies, Political Science, and International Studies, as well as with a minor in Spanish.

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The Arab Students Association (ASA) will be hosting Middle Eastern Awareness Week from April 24th to April 30th, 2011. Throughout this week, ASA and other middle-eastern cultural organizations will be hosting a series of speakers and events, ending the week with ASA’s keynote event DANCE OF ARABIA 2011, the largest Middle Eastern event in the state of Iowa!

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The political and social climate of the Middle East and North Africa will be examined in “The Arab Spring: Interpreting the Current Events,” a panel discussion featuring a group of local experts, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the International Programs Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

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**THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELED**

The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will present its final lecture in the 2010-11 series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in high-definition theatre screenings with a talk on Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il trovatore,” presented by Roberta M. Marvin. The lecture will be held Tuesday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D. This event is free and open to the public.

Marvin is Interim Associate Dean of International Programs at The University of Iowa and director of OSF.

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Cuba: A Door Ajar

By Eric Platt, The New York Times

Thousands of American college students have been effectively locked out of Cuba since 2004, when the Bush administration tightened restrictions on travel for academic, cultural and religious purposes. Cuba was then the third most popular study-abroad destination in Latin America (after Mexico and Costa Rica); 2,148 United States residents studied there in 2003-4. The number plunged 92 percent in just a year.

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The following editorial appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Iowa has much to be proud of in terms of its history of civil rights for gays and lesbians.

» Not only because the Iowa Legislature and governor in 2007 added sexual orientation and gender identity of the list of protected categories in the state’s civil rights code.

» Not only because the Iowa Supreme Court in 2009 unanimously recognized that gay and lesbian Iowans have as much right to marry their partners as heterosexual Iowans do.

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Joe Bookman and D. Jesse Damazo, two graduate students from the University of Iowa, were honored Thursday when the Cannes Film Festival announced their Official Selection for 2011. Bookman and Damazo’s film, The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit, was selected from more than 1500 entries to screen at this year’s Cinéfondation, the student film competition at Cannes.

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Through analysis of both film content and the transnational industrial structure of non-profit educational film and video production in Sub-Saharan Africa, this presentation delineates the rhetorical and economic mechanisms by which a master narrative of perpetual crisis is written about Africa for the international aid community. It further illustrates the cinematic strategies by which this narrative is repeated and reinforced in the very films and videos intended for African audiences.

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The UI Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome Dana Leibsohn for a guest lecture titled, “From Manila to Mexico: the Art and History of Early Modern Trade with Asia.” The talk will be held Wednesday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

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Turkish journalist and scholar Kerim Balci will visit the University of Iowa to present a talk on “Turkey and the Restructuring of the Middle Eastern Regimes,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The talk is free and open to the public. An RSVP to ids-iowa@uiowa.edu is requested for those planning to attend.

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The UI’s annual Latin dance party Gusto Latino will be held Friday, April 29, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at the door. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for students with an ID.

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Music historian Philip Gossett will present “Giuseppe Verdi and the Italian Risorgimento” in an event sponsored by the University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF), the UI School of Music and International Programs. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 21 in the UCC Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.

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The African Students Association Presents: Africa Week (April 17-23)

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Unfinished Business: Hawkeye Apparel and the Student Anti-Sweatshop Movement

When: Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
Where: Trowbridge Hall 125

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