International Accents

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E.g., Sunday, October 26, 2014

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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By Sarah Larson, The Daily Iowan

You may not know her, but Joan Kjaer likely wants to know you.

The Iowa City resident is curious about others.

“I’ve just always, always been interested in meeting people,” said Kjaer, who has a warm, motherly air about her. “I’m just always interested in people and their stories. I just like meeting new people. It happens very rarely that I don’t feel some connection with someone.”

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By Emily Busse, The Daily Iowan

A new recruitment effort in the nation’s capital could help University of Iowa officials bring in more international students.

For the first time, UI representatives traveled to Washington, D.C., and met directly with international embassies to recruit students.

And fewer than three months after the face-to-face meetings, officials said the trips have already begun to generate results.

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International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents a forum titled “What Makes a Man? Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Identity and Masculinity” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

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By Ariana Witt

A group of University of Iowa students are circulating an electronic petition in hopes of saving a decade-old human-rights program.

Recent across-the-board budget cuts could damage the UI Center for Human Rights, which has provided more than 100 student interns with a chance to aid worldwide humanitarian efforts.

UI senior Lauren Dana, a center intern, created a Facebook group to raise awareness about the issue.

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The inaugural lecture in Latin American Studies to honor Charles A. Hale will be held Thursday, March 4, 2010, when the topic is “"The Paradoxes of Truth: Reckoning with Pinochet and the Memory Question in Chile and World Culture, 1989-2006." The lecture is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and the Department of History and will be presented by Steve J. Stern.

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International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents the first forum for the spring 2010 titled “Life is Calling: Examining the Peace Corps after 49 Years” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 1, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

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Kjaer interviews NEH Chairman Jim Leach

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Mara Mills, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn and an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara (on leave 2009-10), will give a talk as part of the University of Iowa International Programs Major Project at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

Mills’ talk, titled “Cut-ups for Squares: Audio Tape and Speech Compression, 1945-1960,” will explore the use of tape “cut-ups” in industrial and scientific settings, mainly in the interests of efficient communication.

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For the past 20 years, Maureen McCue lived her childhood dream of becoming a teacher through her work as an adjunct clinical professor in The University of Iowa’s College of Public Health and as an adjunct professor in UI International Programs. Although the Milwaukee native always has had a passion for teaching, many of her personal and academic interests have focused on global health. She has traveled to many countries in an effort to understand, lend support, or respond in some way to the global health challenges facing the area.

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Please join us at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol for the next WorldCanvass program, this time focusing on Asia.

We’ll learn about the ancient art of Japanese papermaking from Timothy Barrett, research scientist at the UI Center for the Book. Barrett is a 2009 MacArthur Award-winner and has spent years researching the art of papermaking.

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Director Kobina Aidoo will introduce a screening of his documentary, “The Neo-African-Americans,” followed by a panel discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Illinois Room (Room 348) of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Aidoo an immigrant from Ghana, documents how rapid, voluntary immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is transforming the African-American narrative.

Nicole Nisly, M.D., UI interim chief diversity officer and associate vice president, will introduce Aidoo who will introduce the film.

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Deogratias Ngonyani, associate professor of linguistics and African languages at Michigan State University, will give a talk titled “Kiswahili and Political Discourse in Tanzania” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City. The talk, sponsored by the University of Iowa African Studies Program, is free and open to the public.

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International Programs presents a special edition of WorldCanvass, called WorldCanvass Studio, which will take place in the International Commons (Room 1117) at University Capitol Centre from noon-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17. WorldCanvass Studio is a new, mobile version of our monthly discussion and performance series WorldCanvass, held in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol.

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A new University of Iowa-community collaboration, “WorldPrairie,” will make its debut from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, featuring interviews and conversation about U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East at M.C. Ginsberg, 110 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.

Gerhild Krapf will moderate a discussion between the panelists, two high-level officials from the French government who are participating in a visit with the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

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Matthew Davis will read from his travel memoir “When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Prairie Lights in downtown Iowa City as part of the Prairie Insight program.

At 23, Davis moved to a remote Mongolian village to teach English. There he was caught in a downward spiral of alcohol abuse and violence, a scenario he saw played out by many of the Mongolian men around him. His book tells the tale of his personal struggles, interlaced with essays on Mongolian history and culture.

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In a nearly jobless economy, William Boyd has found an alternative — leaving the economy behind and teaching English in Spain.

The UI senior, who is majoring in Spanish and international studies, is one of a growing number of students planning to become educators abroad.

“I don’t have any firmed-up plans for a job right out of school, and this is my opportunity to master the Spanish language,” he said.

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Last spring, I gathered together University of Iowa faculty who are formally or informally affiliated with International Programs.  The purpose of the gathering was to bring together a larger group of faculty who, because they are appointed in departments spread across campus, do not always have the chance to meet and discuss issues of common interest.

By Rangaswamy Rajagopal

This is an opinion piece written for the Press Citizen in coordination with International Programs’ February 12th WorldCanvass program titled “Explore India.”

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Imagine a wondrous place where ancient cultures, languages and traditions intermix with a 21st century economy and a people’s rising expectations. Imagine colors, sounds and smells that permeate the senses. Imagine India. Join Joan Kjaer and her guests for the next WorldCanvass at 5 p.m. on February 12, 2010, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

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