International Accents

E.g., Monday, December 22, 2014
E.g., Monday, December 22, 2014

Sixth-graders from Iowa City’s Longfellow and Hoover elementary schools and students from North Central Junior High in North Liberty will be among the 300 middle-schoolers thinking globally today during the University of Iowa College of Education’s International Day.

Bus loads of students from 13 schools in Eastern Iowa and Moline, Ill., will participate in the 14th annual event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, where the theme is “The Human Right to Well-Being.”

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By Molly Rossiter, The Gazette

IOWA CITY – American Muslims are facing ‘a rising tide of Islamophobia’ that is worse than it was post-Sept. 11, panelists said last night.

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Islamophobia is not just a fear. It’s a prejudice. Miriam Amer shared this definition with a crowd in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium on Monday night. Amer, the executive director of the Iowa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, grew up in New Hampshire when the word “Islamophobia” — used to describe the fear of Islam — did not exist. “It’s become a common term,” Amer said. “A very bad term, but a common term.”

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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 Verdi’s “Don Carlo” Tuesday, Nov. 30, presented by Miriam Gilbert. 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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By Drew Davis, The Daily Iowan

Officials said University of Iowa programs and individuals are becoming more active in encouraging students to travel abroad and form a global perspective.

And at a “WorldCanvass” event Nov. 12, Mary Jo and Richard Stanley received the first-ever International Impact Award for helping the UI do just that.

The presentation of the award is the kickoff for this year’s International Education Week celebration.

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International student enrollment at the University of Iowa is growing faster than national trends, especially among undergraduates, and the percentage of UI students studying abroad continues to climb. This is according to data released today by the UI International Student & Scholar Services and the UI Office for Study Abroad in conjunction with the Open Doors Report.

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The UI will present “Intolerance and the First Amendment: Islamophobia,” a discussion of Islamophobia, human rights, and religious freedom, at 7 p.m. today in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium. The discussion will include conversations on stereotypes, misunderstandings, and fears that contribute to the rise of Islamophobia and intolerance toward the Islamic community. Panelists will present their views on policy decisions and bans concerning Islam and specific forms of religious expression.

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The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will feature two films Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows 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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International Education Week gives us a chance to reflect on the importance for all of us to understand world conditions and global processes but also of making connections to people who are different from ourselves, who may or may not share our views, but who may learn from us and from whom we can also learn.

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For Karen Wachsmuth, finding a sense of place in a world bigger than herself was a journey best exemplified by The Odyssey, an epic Greek tale of someone finding his or her way back home. The University of Iowa International Programs outreach coordinator, who was born in New York City, found a place she called home through traveling.

“Traveling makes me appreciate home more, and I think that’s what home is all about: how much more that place means to you,” she says. “I love to travel but I know where my center is.”

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By Nina Earnest, The Daily Iowan

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By Max Freund, The Daily Iowan

Blandina was featured on the East Africa WorldCanvass program on February 18, 2011.

Blandina Giblin has more than 65 children.

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Photos by Karina Schroeder

The T-shirts have only been in stock two weeks, but University Bookstore general manager Richard Shannon said they have been selling well.

These aren’t just ordinary T-shirts. They are T-shirts printed with “The University of Iowa” in the five most commonly spoken foreign languages at Iowa: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

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Two upcoming lectures from visiting professors will wrap up the UI South Asian Studies Program (SASP) fall lecture series. Both are free and open to the public.

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The hardest thing Rachel Nathanson had to do during her internship last summer was not do hands-on work. Sitting in the World Bank building, interning with the World Bank Inspection Panel, Nathanson did some desk research with internal bank documents, but the “doer” felt conflicted and stifled. A first-year law student, she said, she prefers to be “out in the field.”

Nathanson went to Washington, D.C., on a Harry S. Truman scholarship — 60 such scholarships are available nationwide — over this past summer after completing undergraduate degrees in economics and geography at the University of Iowa. She also earned a minor in Spanish.

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The 2010 University of Iowa celebration of International Education Week will kick off early with UI President Sally Mason’s presentation of a new International Impact Award at the Friday, Nov. 12 WorldCanvass program, recorded live from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

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On Oct. 14, 1960, in a presidential campaign speech, Senator John F. Kennedy first challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His words inspired a new organization that has now provided over 200,000 American volunteers to countries in need. Fifty years later, the Peace Corps is still going strong.

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By Nora Heaton, The Daily Iowan

The gates to Havana could open once again for U.S. students.

The UI has penned its signature on a request sent to President Obama, asking the administration to lift restrictions on academic travel to Cuba.

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A panel discussion about “Islamophobia,” human rights and religious freedom in America will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the Main Library on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

This event will include discussion about some of the recent policy decisions and bans related to Islam and certain forms of religious expression. The panelists, each with a unique and specialized area of expertise, will address the stereotypes, misunderstandings and fears that contribute to this global problem of “Islamophobia.”

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The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. It is free and open to the public.

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In the wake of several highly publicized instances of labor violations in the Midwest, an upcoming conference at the University of Iowa will bring together labor leaders, immigrant rights advocates, community service providers and educators to discuss gaps between immigrant workers’ fundamental legal rights and the realities many workers face in Midwestern workplaces.

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Last year, the small Zambian village of Libuyu needed a bridge in order to access the only school in the area without having to walk several miles around a dangerous river. But they didn’t have the resources. And when a group of students from the University of Washington backed out at the last minute, five engineering students from the University of Iowa stepped in.

This Thanksgiving, the same five students are going to Nicaragua to help another village.

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By Jill Kacere, jill-kacere@uiowa.edu

Jill Kacere is a senior at The University of Iowa majoring in international studies and minoring in Spanish. She is a communications intern in the Office of Communications and Relations in UI International Programs and president of the UI Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.

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Ezgi, Rajiv, Ari and Asma—these four young individuals came from different corners of the world to The University of Iowa as Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) to spread cultural awareness of their unique backgrounds and teach their natives languages of Turkish, Hindi, Indonesian and Arabic.

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My presentation proposes to analyze the figures of griot in Ousmane Sembène’s Films. The central point of my talk is that the griot should be contextualized as a historical figure that interprets memory and influences the perception of the past rather than as a mere literary and cinematic device. Current scholarship on Sembène privileges the Western interpretation of the griot, that is, the narrative aspect–the storyteller–over the more nuanced position the griot traditionally holds in West African societies.

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