International Accents

E.g., Saturday, November 1, 2014
E.g., Saturday, November 1, 2014

UI staff member Helen Jameson uses her experiences from dealing with her dyslexia to help others find their creative paths to success. Jameson remembers reading aloud in third grade, struggling to make sense of a jumble of letters that were scrambled before her eyes.

In 1968, Jameson was diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability that manifests itself as a difficulty with reading decoding, reading comprehension, and/or reading fluency. Since this was before the time of accommodations, Jameson and her parents simply chose to have her repeat the third grade.

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This longtime UI law faculty member’s passion for human rights has resulted in humanitarian efforts close to home and across the globe. In his almost 45 years at The University of Iowa, Burns Weston has significantly shaped the way the University promotes international studies and global human rights—and at 76 years old, he has no plans of stopping. “I love it too much, what I do,” he says. “Why quit?”

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By Lois Gray

USA TODAY has named University of Iowa 2010 graduate Alexandra Keenan to its annual All-USA College Academic Team, honoring her for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership.

All-USA College Academic Team receive national recognition, a trophy and $2,500. These students excel in scholarship and reach beyond the classroom to benefit society.

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Alexandra Keenan was named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team. Twenty students were chosen out of hundreds for first-team status, each receiving a $2,500 cash award. The article notes that the members of the 2010 team are “true global citizens,” and Keenan is no exception.

She helped lead a team of students who designed a handheld water sanitizer, a project that was awarded an EPA sustainable design grant and was named one of Discover Magazine‘s “10 Everyday Technologies That Can Change the World.” She studied non-governmental organizations in India and then advocated for cervical cancer screening at a hospital in Madurai, which has since implemented a community-based screening program. She managed the daily care of 12 HIV-positive children at an orphanage in Tonal, Mexico, and helped develop a diagnostic technique for a deadly parasitic disease and then taught it to scientists at a university in India. She is a Goldwater Scholar and was named one of Glamour magazine’s “Top 10 College Women” in 2009.

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After 15 years of teaching about South Asia in the classroom, I took a group of students to India for a three week study abroad course entitled International Development: Gender and Justice.

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Katelyn McBride, a recent University of Iowa graduate, studied abroad in Seville, Spain, during the spring of 2009. View her testimonial, including photos of her favorite memories, and see why study abroad is the experience of a lifetime.

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The University of Iowa Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature has been awarded a $100,000 Startalk grant that has enabled intensive Chinese language courses for Iowa junior high and high school students this July.

This grant is a part of the National Security Language Initiative launched by the White House in 2006 to promote strategic, less commonly taught languages.

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A recent article written by Aisha Labi in The Chronicle of Higher Education, a news source for university faculty and administrators, highlights the upcoming arrival of the first Iraqi students taking part in a new government scholarship program called the Iraqi Education Initiative.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered this speech at a Council on Foreign Relations Meeting.

Click here to view a pdf version of the entire speech.

“International Engagement Through Education”

An excerpt from his speech:

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“21st century diplomacy takes more than government to government interaction — it also requires substantial people to people contact in which we try as directly as possible to reach people through governments, around governments, and under governments in every way possible.” — Hilary Clinton

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Anchee Min will read from and discuss her novel “Pearl of China” as part of the University of Iowa International Programs series “Prairie InSight” at 5 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2010.

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When Mansi Bhatia left The University of Iowa in 2004 after finishing a two-year Master of Arts in journalism, she took with her more than a degree and a black and gold t-shirt. Bhatia took with her the memories of a quiet place that broadened her horizons and gave her a new family of friends.

Originally from Lucknow, India, Bhatia now lives in California with her husband and works in communications. Recently, Bhatia posted this poem about her time in Iowa on her blog.

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First Lady Michelle Obama urged graduates of George Washington University last weekend to go global.  The Class of 2010 had just successfully met her challenge to them to dedicate 100,000 hours to service in the greater Washington, DC community. She challenged the graduates to take their experience to the world:

Innovation is not a new concept for The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP). In operation since 1969, this project has turned into the nation’s premier center for creative writing and has contributed toward transforming the UI into a writing university.

Most recently, IWP has begun a new innovative tradition in the “New Symposium,” which met for three years on the island of Paros (Greece). IWP hosted a comparable gathering of writers and artists in Morocco from April 28, 2009 – May 5, 2009, in the form of a Souk Ukaz —a regional tradition of intellectual and artistic exchange.

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By Shams Ghoneim*

This is an opinion piece written for the Press Citizen in coordination with International Programs’ May 7 WorldCanvass program focusing on the Middle East.

Rumi, a Sufi, was a 13th century Muslim Mystical Poet who was born in 1207 in what is today’s Afghanistan. He wrote 60,000 poems before his death in 1273.

His funeral, which lasted 40 days, was attended by Muslims, Jews, Persians, Christians and Greeks.

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University of Iowa students will share an exhibit ‘Haiti Recovery Village’ from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Hubbard Park in Iowa City. The exhibit is a result of a UI course titled “Haiti, The Evolution of Disaster.”

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By Eric Sundermann, The Daily Iowan

When China native Xin Feng told her mother she wanted to study abroad, her mother suggested America. Her mother said Feng should see the superpower.

Feng disagreed, but her mother insisted.

“She told me that when she was in college, she asked her professor what America was like, and he said, ‘Imagine the best world you can imagine, and America is even better than that,’ “ she said.

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The University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) will hold an international symposium titled “From Area Studies to Transregional Studies: Contours of Globalization in Asia’s Re-integration” from Wednesday, May 5, through Saturday, May 8, in the University Capitol Centre, Rooms 1117 (International Commons) and 2390 (Executive Board Room).

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The University of Iowa will host an international symposium on Bolivia’s historic Constituent Assembly of 2006-07. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2.

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With a law on the anvil to allow operation of foreign education providers in India, a top consortium of research institutions from the US has evinced interest in collaborating with Indian universities.

A delegation of Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which represents America’s top universities, visited India this week and met HRD minister Kapil Sibal to discuss areas of collaboration and institutional linkages.

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In a move to increase its out-of-state and international student enrollment, officials at the University of Iowa are stepping up their global recruitment efforts.

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Deanna Fei’s first book, “A Thread of Sky,” has just been published but, already, it has left breathless readers exclaiming its beauty and complexity.

Fei graduated with her MFA from the famed Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and she received a Fulbright Scholarship with the assistance of staff from UI International Programs. Here she credits International Programs for helping her return to China for the research and personal perspective that was critical to her writing.

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The 2010 Crossing Borders Convocation, “Celebrating Border Crossings,” will be April 22-24, primarily in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC). The convocation consists of major addresses, panel discussions and student presentations. The public is invited.

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