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

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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Joan Kjaer will host a WorldCanvass program featuring the Middle East before a live audience from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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Matthew C. J. Rudolph, visiting assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Government Department, will give two lectures about Asia. Both lectures are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The first lecture, “Speaking In Many Voices: How India’s ‘Multivocality’ Shapes Its Foreign Policy” is at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Room 1111, University Capitol Centre (UCC). This talk will focus on what the many voices of India’s history, cultural and plural society mean for the future of India’s global politics.

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Françoise Naudillon, professor and author, will present a lecture titled “The Invention of a People: Aimé Césaire Between Politics and Poetry” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Room 315 of Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Naudillon, a specialist in French literature, is a professor in the Department of French Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She works especially on crime fiction and popular literature.

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By Roberto Ampuero*

This is an opinion piece written for the Press Citizen in coordination with International Programs’ April 9 WorldCanvass program focusing on Latin America.

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James Le Sueur, associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and director of the documentary “Exile and the Fatwa,” will present two events at the UI April 19-20, 2010.

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Frank Calzón, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba, will present a lecture titled “The Revolution on Balance: Human Rights in Cuba Today” from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 23, in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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This University of Iowa-community collaboration, “WorldPrairie,” will feature a discussion with UI faculty involved in the WiderNet and Elluminate Internet development projects from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, 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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International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa will conduct a summer institute for teachers and lifelong learners entitled “Caribbean Carnival Arts, Past and Present: Explorations in Community, Diversity, and Creativity within a Colonial and Post-Colonial Context.” The seminar and workshop will be June 14 to 18 in the IP Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. It is open to teachers and community members with both for-credit and non-credit options.

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Lorraine Piroux, associate professor of French at Rutgers University, will give a talk titled “Between a Hieroglyph and a Spatula: Literary Authorship and Theater in Eighteenth-Century France” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

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The Asian Correspondent, an on-line newspaper, listed The University of Iowa as one of the “Top ten international universities in the US” in an article posted April 1, 2010.

Listed along with universities like Purdue, Columbia and NYU, the article notes that of the UI’s 30,000 students, eight percent are international students from 104 countries, making for a wide array of students.

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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 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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