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E.g., Tuesday, June 28, 2016
E.g., Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This new consciousness among vernacular publics highlights corruption at all levels of government and the corporate world, while still resisting the hegemonic discourse of economic growth. The talk looks at the recent populist social mobilization (jan andolans) against corruption and its possible grievance mechanism (Jan Lokpal Movement). It analyzes how an urban democratization movement features a competitive struggle among vernacular publics, and how the state and news media struggle over the legitimacy of alternate politics and vernacular public space, as it moves beyond electoral politics but still calls for democratization and transparency in governance.

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We’ve had the melting pot and the tossed salad; now we have the stir-fry. The Stir-Fry Project will happen over the next few weeks at the Senior Center of Iowa City. The project is “a collaborative community art project that explores the stories of people who have resettled to Iowa from different countries through collective works of art.” There are workshops in stop-motion animation, mixed media, and printmaking. Community members may participate. The workshops and materials are free, but pre-registration is required. There will be an opening exhibition of the collaborative work on April 27, and the art will remain on display through May.

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This event is free and open to the public. The papers presented will be edited in a book to share with those who could not make it to Iowa City.

This event is sponsored by UI International Programs, the African Studies Program, University of Iowa Libraries, the Newman Center, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the African Student Association, and the African Trade Law Expert.

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Abstract: Over the past several decades vernacular music industries in many parts of South Asia have utilized artistic traditions originating in Dalit communities to create marketable commodities of “folk culture.” Why do music industries that celebrate and seek to raise the profile of “folk arts” (lok sangeet) also routinely neglect and exploit regional “folk artists” (lok kalakar)? By attending to the experiences of musicians from three hereditary caste communities in the Garhwal Himalayas—Baddi, Bajgi, and Jagariya—and by interrogating the body politics of a number of mass-mediated representations, this talk will interrogate the idea that new media and vernacular markets have had a democratizing influence on musical practice. Instead, I demonstrate that entrenched and widely-shared conceptions about caste-based status, function, musical style, and mobility continue to influence who is allowed to participate in regional studio recordings, and how they are ultimately represented on video and cassette albums.

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The European Studies Group continues its spring 2012 lecture series with a film screening of “The Forgetting Game” followed by a conversation with director Russell Sheaffer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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The 13th annual Crossing Borders Convocation will explore “Transcultural Communication and Migrations in the Indian Ocean Rim and the Caribbean” March 23-24 in W401 Pappajohn Business Building. The event is free and open to the public.

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The forum will feature the following speakers and presentations:
George Ayittey: Indigenous and Modern African Institutions: Explaining the Real Causes of Poverty in Africa
Muna B. Ndulo: Is Foreign Aid Working in Africa?
Lyombe Eko: Explaining the Real Causes of Communication Problems in Africa
Denford Madenyika: ICT Infrastructure in Africa: What do We Need in African Schools?
Bell F. Ouelega: Insurance Industry and Africa’s Development
Etse Sikanku: Press Freedom in Africa
Sunday Goshit: African perspectives on environmental issues
Gbenga Ajiboye: The Impact of Corruption on African Youth Development – Case Study- Nigeria
Henri J. Nkuepo: The Real Causes of Food Insecurity in Africa

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Haitian-born painter and sculptor Edouard Duval Carrié will discuss his activities in the general relief efforts made after Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010 during a lecture, titled “Art in Times of Quake and Cholera,” Thursday, March 1, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 2520D University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

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Over the past couple of years, a number of U.S. universities have set up branch campuses or other extensive satellite ventures (or pulled out of failing ones) particularly in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa: NYU, Michigan State, Texas A&M, and more recently Duke University, just to name a few. Branch campuses can be successful, and meet the needs both of the U.S. institution and of the host country in which the offshore branch is located.

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Science fiction scholars and a renowned filmmaker will join host Joan Kjaer on April 13 at 5:00 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber for what promises to be a robust discussion of the genre of science fiction, both in literature and in film. We’ll look at the genesis of science fiction and at its profusion around the globe, discussing recurrent themes and the impact of science fiction on both popular culture and everyday assumptions about the future. We’ll also meet the artist who brought us SLEEP DEALER, award-winning filmmaker Alex Rivera.

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Riding on a bus in China one year ago, University of Iowa graduate student Jameela Huq learned that Japan – which she considers like home – had been ravaged by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami.

Huq said she had called her good friend Aya Hurley – a native of Fukushima, Japan who happened to be in the same city in China that day, wanting to meet up. Hurley delivered the devastating news, Huq said. “She said, ‘I’m looking for my friends and family,’” Huq said. “She was like, ‘Didn’t you hear? A giant tsunami wiped out Fukushima.’”

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Navi Bajwa took his studies to the United Kingdom because he wanted to immerse himself in the political and social atmosphere.

“The reason I went to the University of Edinburgh is because of the world-class education that institution has to offer,” the University of Iowa senior said. “I have a lot of family in the UK, and I have been there a lot during my life, so I was comfortable going there.”

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University of Iowa officials are split on whether recent changes easing restrictions on obtaining U.S. visas have affected international-student enrollment. Earlier this year, President Obama signed an executive order making tourism and travel more accessible in the United States. Those efforts include new initiatives to make the process of applying for a visa more secure and efficient for international travelers and students. These changes have led to the issuance of more than 7.5 million visas in fiscal 2011 — a 17 percent increase over fiscal 2010.

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In today’s world of social media and text messaging, two University of Iowa students have found a way to bring the community together by combining storytelling and art. The collaborative art project Stir Fry is a mix of people of various cultures and ages that are brought together in a series of structured workshops to tell and transform their stories into art.

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Trudy Huskamp Peterson, one of the leading archivists in the world and the 2011 International Impact Award recipient at the University of Iowa, will present two workshops on the UI campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

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On March 11, 2011, a rising tide of dark water wrapped Japan’s northeastern coast.

The world was gripped by Armageddon-invoking scenes from this highly industrialized nation in east Asia.

After the visual impact of the unprecedented tsunami, there came news of nuclear meltdown in the Fukushima nuclear plant. Japan’s vast northeastern coast — the coastal villages as well as sizable inland areas — was nearly destroyed by the hand of the nature.

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By the time the group of 60 students from the University of Iowa left the Temple Town last week, it was amply clear to them that the field of elementary studies does not limit itself to field trips in one’s own country. “It is also about encountering people and their communities far beyond borders.”

Ten students who spent three weeks in the different campuses of the Mahatma group of schools took back with them loads of information about India, and particularly small town Madurai. But what touched their hearts the most was an appreciation for them from all and also some continued questions about each other. That was true knowledge gained.

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Two visiting faculty members will give presentations as part of a Latin American Studies Program (LASP) panel discussion, titled “The Americas Transformed: The Legacies of the 1960s.” This event will take place Thursday, March 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. It is free and open to the public.

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The Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program provides funding to selected University of Iowa students who have secured a summer internship with a local, national, or international non-governmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights related advocacy, research or education. Program funds cover travel and living expenses associated with the internship.

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The Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program provides funding to selected University of Iowa students who have secured a summer internship with a local, national, or international non-governmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights related advocacy, research or education. Program funds cover travel and living expenses associated with the internship.

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In this election year, China-bashing once again has become a favorite activity of the presidential hopefuls. Although Chinese policy does not, in of itself, determine the outcome of the election, it nevertheless influences the American public’s assessment and perception of the economic conditions that will likely be central to the outcome.

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The African Studies Program in International Programs will hold a spring 2012 meet-and-greet event Monday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. in 2520D University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

The aim of the meeting is for faculty and staff of the African Studies Program to gather, introduce new faculty and students, and discuss programing for the rest of the academic year.

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UI junior Angeline See longs to craft her dream business — a bakery chock-full of delicious and colorful Asian desserts. But the native of Malaysia found out her endeavors may be postponed last fall when applying for an office space at the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory.

International students are prohibited from self-employment while on student visas. So for students like See, the only chance at launching a business would be finding a native student to partner with.

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University of Iowa student Gretchen Bachrodt won first place in a video contest sponsored by Academic Programs International (API). In the video, Bachrodt recounts her amazing study abroad experience in Grenoble, France.

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With Chinese enrollment in Iowa universities skyrocketing and a major Chinese diplomatic visit underway this week in Iowa, Chinese-Iowa relations have recently manifested themselves in a view yet unprecedented. It’s probably enough for some pundits to worry they’re on the set of a Red Dawn remake.

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