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E.g., Monday, September 22, 2014
E.g., Monday, September 22, 2014

Nanette Barkey, a former University of Iowa assistant professor of anthropology and community and behavioral health, will discuss “Health in Haiti: the Case of Léogane Before and After the Earthquake” from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 9, in Room 1117, International Commons, in the University Capitol Centre.

Barkey conducted ethnographic research on health care in the city of Léogane throughout 2009 and returned there for two weeks in March 2010. Léogane was near the epicenter and more than half the homes and buildings were destroyed.

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The University of Iowa International Crossroads Community will hold its annual Latin dance festival from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. This event is free for UI students, $4 for non-UI students and children, and $6 for adults. Refreshments will be served at the event.

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International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents a forum titled “Learning Farsi, Tamil, and Indonesian: The Benefits of Autonomous Language Learning” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

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The University of Iowa’s South Asian Studies Program (SASP) is sponsoring a workshop focused on South Asia beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010, and continuing all day Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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A documentary about the fence built on the U.S.-Mexico border will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in Room 140 Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus. This event is free and open to the public.

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Neil Grungras, founder and executive director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM), will give a talk on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) refugees from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre (International Commons). Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

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Three Sudanese University of Iowa students will discuss the current political situation in Sudan from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 8, at the Iowa City Public Library, meeting room D. Light refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Charlie Wittmack knew, at age 15, that the trip he dreamed up sounded ridiculous.

Swim the English Channel. Jump on a bike and ride from France to Nepal. Then climb Mount Everest.

So he kept the dream – what he now calls the World Triathlon – to himself. But he started taking small steps toward his goal, despite false starts and failures. That, he would learn over the next 18 years, is how you reach great heights in the adventure called life.

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Yale ethnomusicologist Michael Veal will give a talk on dub reggae, “The Acoustics of Diaspora,” at 4 p.m. Friday, April 2, in Room 1117 (International Commons) in the University Capitol Center.

Veal’s work has addressed various topics about the music of Africa and the African Diaspora. His current research on Jamaican dub music examines the ways in which taped media and the studio-based innovations of Jamaican recording engineers in the 1970s shaped local culture and affected popular music worldwide.

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Prizewinning Colombian author Santiago Gamboa will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5, at Prairie Lights Books, and again at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

His session at Prairie Lights Books will be conducted in Spanish and revolve around readings from recent novels and a novel in progress. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions following the readings.

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International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents a forum titled “Food Security, Production, and Technologies: A Discussion of the 2009 Obermann Cmiel Seminar on World Fares” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 5, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

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By Chrisopher Merrill* and Linda K. Kerber**

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By Caroline Berg, The Daily Iowan.

With more than 50 counts of treason against him and five attempts on his life, Zimbabwean farmer Philemon Matibe began writing. What was first a journal of experiential record for the political refugee became a thick book of his life and trials.

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Maria Socorro Tabuenca will speak about her research surrounding femicide and drug violence in Juarez, Mexico, from 4 to 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Room 3321, Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus. The Latin American Studies Program, part of International Programs at the University of Iowa, will sponsor the lecture.

Since 1992, Tabuenca has been a researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera, a research center that studies issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. She has also served as the dean for the research center’s northwest region since 1999.

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Throughout her life, Anne Wallis has dreamt of India. The assistant professor of epidemiology has spent her free time drowning in Indian novels and marveling at its rich religious, cultural, and linguistic history. “Sometimes you can’t explain why you’re interested in one place, except to say that you’re drawn to it,” she says. Wallis’ wanderlust has been satiated – for now – thanks to the UI’s Winterim program, a three-week, winter-break study abroad program that takes students to India to directly learn about the country. Wallis led a class of 15 on a journey into Indian maternal and infant health.

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A two-day symposium featuring the screening of two films by Ron Mulvihill will take place on the University of Iowa Campus beginning at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3. The event is free and open to the public.

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The University of Iowa African Studies Program will host two UI graduate student presentations on Monday, March 29, at noon in the University Capitol Centre Room 1117 (International Commons). These presentations are free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be provided.

The first presenter, Allison McGuffie, is a UI Ph.D. candidate in film studies in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature.  Her presentation is titled “Educating African Sexuality: Processes of Gendering in African HIV/AIDS Instructional Films.”

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Please join host Joan Kjaer at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol for the next WorldCanvass program, this time focusing on Latin America.

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By Matt Cozzi, The Daily Iowan.

For international students, the cross-continental journey usually doesn’t consist of considering intramural sports.

Nevertheless, more international students seem to have found themselves adding the Bubble to their lists of must-see Iowa City attractions than ever before, as those participating in intramurals has increased.

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The UI Center for Human Rights will host a film screening of the documentary “The 800 Mile Wall” at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

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Philemon Matibe, a noted Zimbabwean exile and a passionate advocate for democracy, will talk about his new book and his life experiences in a talk titled “Zimbabwe: Despotism or Democracy?” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

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By Brian Lai*

This is an opinion piece written for the Press Citizen in coordination with International Programs’ March 5 WorldCanvass program focusing on Asia.

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International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents a forum titled “Feeling the Heat: The Politics of Global Climate Change” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 22, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public. There is no event March 15 due to the UI Spring Break.

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The University of Iowa’s Center for Human Rights presents Jane Cranston, a lecturer and clinical instructor in the UI College of Education, who will discuss her trip to Pakistan to visit a girls’ boarding school. The event will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Room S301 of the Lindquist Center. This event is free and open to the public.

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This University of Iowa-community collaboration, “WorldPrairie,” will feature a discussion with two UI students who have given back in unique ways on Friday, March 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at M.C. Ginsberg, 110 East Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.

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