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E.g., Thursday, June 4, 2015
E.g., Thursday, June 4, 2015

The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host several events related to labor rights and the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. All events are free and open to the public.

A series of “talk-back” sessions in conjunction with the UI Department of Theatre Arts’ production of “Triangle” will be held April 7-10 at Theatre B of the Theatre Building. The talks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. after the 8 p.m. shows April 7-9, and at 3:30 p.m. after the 2 p.m. matinee April 10. Speakers include UI faculty and other local experts on labor rights.

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The University of Iowa African Studies Program’s spring Baraza series will continue Monday, April 4, with a lecture titled “Home and abroad: Expanding opportunities for Swahili students at The University of Iowa,” presented by Blandina Giblin and John Njue. The talk will take place in 1117 UCC at noon. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

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Join us on April 8 when WorldCanvass guests examine the public and private lives of women in Russia and Eastern Europe during the years since the collapse of the Soviet era. An international panel of guests will highlight the themes of a major conference taking place at the University of Iowa on April 7 and 8 called “20 Years after the Berlin Wall: Women’s Shifting Roles and Status in Post-Communist Europe.”

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An upcoming conference funded by a University of Iowa International Programs Major Project grant will look closely at the status of women in Russia and Eastern Europe in the years since the collapse of the Soviet era.

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From University News Services

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) is partnering with Iowa City’s Working Group Theatre and other local organizations to end gender identity-related discrimination, oppression and bullying through two upcoming events inspired by the “It Gets Better Project,” a worldwide movement to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) youth. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

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Dinner-table conversations at the Kjaer house centered around politics and ideas. Growing up near her Danish grandparents and a father who taught world history, life for Joan Kjaer revolved around diverse cultures.

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Yume Hidaka, a native of Kagoshima in southwest Japan, crouched under desks with her head safely covered during practice drills every year from elementary school through college to prepare for a potential earthquake.

“We all knew that it could happen sometime sooner or later to any part of Japan. But of course no one expected it to be that big,” Hidaka said, referring to the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit her home country on March 11, 2011.

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A keynote lecture will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, by Dr. Willibrod Slaa, titled “The Current Political Situation in Africa: Evolving Trends in Political Power.” Slaa is Secretary General of CHADEMA, the leading opposition political party in Tanzania. He was the presidential candidate of CHADEMA in the 2010 general election and placed second after the incumbent president.

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Music journalist Dave Tompkins will speak about the evolution of the vocoder as a useful tool in World War II to now being the ubiquitous voice of popular music at 4 p.m., Friday, April 1, in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.

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What: South Asian Studies Program seminar
When: Thursday March 31, 2011, at 4 p.m.
Where: 468 Phillips Hall
Who: Eric Colvard, a doctoral candidate in history
Topic: “Drunkards Beware!: Temperance and Nationalist Politics in India in the 1930’s”

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Commentary by Bob Libra for the Press-Citizen

How can there be a world water crisis on a planet that is two-thirds covered with water? The other third, with an uneven distribution of fresh water supplies, is covered as well — with 7 billion water-users.

Water to drink is a basic need, but fresh water has many other uses. Water means food. Water means energy. Water means sanitation. Water means ecosystems that work. Water means security. And water means profit.

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By Michelle McConnaughey, The Daily Iowan

In the Japanese school where James O’Hollearn works, students are now served milk and bread for lunch every day. Power outages across the region don’t allow other food to be refrigerated.

O’Hollearn graduated from the University of Iowa in 2008, and he is staying in Yamanashi. Though he’s 250 kilometers away from the damaged nuclear plants and the other devastation of the tsunami, he’s still feeling the effects.

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The following report appear in the Financial Express. The report focuses on a recent conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which Scott King attended. King is the assistant dean of International Programs for the International Student & Scholar Services.

There are currently seven students from Bangladesh studying at The University of Iowa.

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The following was featured in fyi, the UI faculty and staff newsletter. Sidel is also an International Studies faculty member.

Law professor Mark Sidel is working closely with the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam to develop legal and judicial reforms in a country where he’s no stranger.

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The following commentary for the Des Moines Register was written by Michael and Diane Sondergard after they visited their son, Jeffrey, a UI student studying abroad in Pau, France. Photo by Michael and Diane Sondergard.

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“Starving for Water: The Global Water Crisis” is the topic at the next “WorldCanvass” program Friday, March 25. The program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in a new location, Room 2780 of the University Capitol Centre. It is free and open to the public.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, March 24, with a screening of Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski, 130 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

Private investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired out of the blue by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband, Hollis Mulwray, whom she suspects is having an affair. Gittes photographs Hollis with a young woman, but when it turns out that the woman was an impostor hired as part of an elaborate set-up, the real Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) allows him to continue his investigation. After Hollis is murdered, secrets involving the Mulwray family as well as plans involving the city’s water system come to light. Gittes is caught within mysteries and corruption, whose links he sees only too late.

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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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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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