International Accents

E.g., Wednesday, November 26, 2014
E.g., Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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“Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest,” is a new exhibition offering a historical look at the University of Iowa during some of the nation’s troubled and changing years, 1965 – 1975. But it’s a lot more than just an exhibit, featuring the creation of a psychedelic mural, the recreation of a UI dorm room from the 1968-69 academic year, a film series with discussion panels and a children’s screen-printing workshop.

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By Cathryn Sloane
Photo by Haoran Wang
The Daily Iowan

Scott King, director of ISSS, helps incoming graduate students during the Fulbright orientation on Monday.

 

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By Madison Bennett, The Daily Iowan
Photo by David Scrivner
See the original article here.

Adnan Abdulwahid, 31, walks through aisles in the Bread Garden Market on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.

 

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On behalf of International Programs, allow me to welcome you to the 2010-2011 academic year after what I hope were refreshing and productive summer months. I very much look forward to working with you to support the international research, teaching, and external engagement that you undertake through IP’s centers and programs, international exchanges, linkage proposals, and the new ways you find to pursue academic innovations across collegiate borders.

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The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum, part of International Programs, will present a series of six lectures coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre screenings.

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The University of Iowa has seen a substantial increase over the last five years in the number of students studying abroad in the Middle East, mirroring a national trend. Only five students traveled to that region five years ago; last year, the number ballooned to 55.

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Nicholas Vazsonyi, professor of German and comparative literature at the University of South Carolina, will present “Richard Wagner: Self-Promotion and the Making of a Brand?” on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Gerber Lounge of the English Philosophy Building.

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The College of Engineering now has a permanent display of flags in the Student Commons of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences that represents the home nations of students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the college. The flags celebrate the culturally rich and globally diverse body of the College of Engineering community.

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Four Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) have arrived at the University of Iowa where they will spend the next year in International Programs teaching Turkish, Indonesian, Hindi and Arabic and serving as cultural ambassadors for their home countries. The teaching assistants will also take two courses a semester as non-degree students during their year in Iowa.

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The University of Iowa will develop a new study abroad program in Tanzania, thanks to an almost $250,000 grant from the U.S. State Department. It is the first semester-long UI study abroad program in Eastern Africa and one of the first of its kind in the nation. The grant, which will be matched with an additional $139,000 from the UI, is titled “Capacity Building for Undergraduate Study Abroad.”

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Joan Kjaer's program, WorldCanvass, debuted last year and is a monthly television and radio series broadcast live from the historic Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The series explores topics that are international in scope and central to people’s understanding of how individuals fit into the global landscape.

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Before arriving in America, Guan Su Jie, a 21-year-old University of Iowa international student, expected to spend her first week meeting new friends and exploring campus. But two days before arriving in Iowa City, she was told she would be unexpectedly moved to the Lodge, an apartment complex located nearly two miles away from campus. Now, Jie feels she is “missing out on the atmosphere.”

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After more than one year of planning and traveling some 12,000 miles round trip, Scott King is seeing the hard work pay off. King, assistant dean of International Programs for International Students and Scholars (OISS) at the University of Iowa, will discuss how the UI is one of the first Big Ten universities to welcome Iraqi students this fall as part of the Iraqi Education Initiative. He will share his insights at the debut of the 2010-11 Iowa City Foreign Relations Council luncheon-lecture series, which begins at noon Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

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International Programs’ Confucius Institute at The University of Iowa will continue to offer Mandarin Chinese classes to community members and families starting Sept. 1.

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Ed Folsom, Roy J. Carver professor of American Literature at the UI, will present “’A spirt of my own seminal wet’: Spermatoid Design in Walt Whitman’s 1860 Leaves of Grass” on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 3:30-5 p.m 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 has once again been selected as one of only eight institutions in the U.S. to host Fulbright students from around the world for the Fulbright Gateway Orientation. Gateway students will go on to pursue graduate degrees in various subjects at institutions across the United States and the orientation prepares these students for all facets of their American experience.

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An estimated 500 to 550 new undergraduate international students will arrive on the University of Iowa campus this fall, making this year’s incoming class the largest ever for international undergraduate students in UI history. This number is up from 364 international undergraduate students last year, said Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of UI International Programs, representing a greater than 50 percent increase from last year.

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I am firmly convinced that all students should have foreign opportunities whether in high school, university, or law school. Many universities have increased or are actively trying to augment their students going abroad. On the law school level, this could be done by encouraging folks to go after their first year summer, or during intercessions, spring break, entire semesters or a full year.

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North Korea’s red, white, and blue flag flutters on the campus, signs are written in Hangul, and female students stroll through the corridors wearing the traditional jeogori costume. Professors lecture beneath iconic portraits of the father-and-son hereditary dictatorship that has run the reclusive Stalinist state since 1948.

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Like an airline overselling a flight, the University of Iowa extended admission this year to several thousand more applicants than it could accommodate on campus in this fall’s freshman class. While nearly every university overbooks each year, relying on sophisticated algorithms that predict just how many admitted students will probably go elsewhere, Iowa officials were surprised to learn this spring how far off they were in their math. This fall’s freshman class is likely to have more than 400 more students than last year’s, an unintended increase of about 10 percent, for a total of just over 4,500.

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“Students have given very little thought to how their study abroad has shaped and prepared them for the world of work. In other words, graduating seniors have flunked one of their most important exams—the hiring interview—because they were not prepared with appropriate examples of skills required from their international experiences.”

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WorldCanvass® enters its second season on September 10, 2010, when the topic is “Documenting Humanity: A Sense of Place.”

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“It’s a small place but it’s a big place.” So says law professor Peter Shirlow from Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Shirlow isn’t talking about Belfast but about Iowa City, his destination 24 years ago when he won a prestigious Stanley Scholarship to study at the University of Iowa. The Stanley award allowed him to come to the UI for a year’s study and, just as importantly, to Iowa City where he established close friendships that have remained strong in spite of distance and the passage of time.

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Why Portuguese?– A question that Geoffrey Hilsabeck didn’t always have a clear answer for when he started learning the language in 2008 while attending the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. With the support of a Fulbright fellowship grant, Hilsabeck just finished a year studying Portuguese poetry and teaching a class in U.S. history and culture at the University of Lisbon.

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Most of the 22 South Korean teachers welcomed to the University of Iowa campus on Monday had never been to the United States before. But not Kim Yong Kik, who previously visited Chicago. He feels Iowa is “more peaceful.” Kim, a mathematics and science teacher, will spend two weeks at the UI with his Korean colleagues attending a teaching workshop in which they will learn about the American approach to gifted education, the visiting teachers’ specialty area. They will also share their experiences in their home country.

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