International Accents

E.g., Friday, November 21, 2014
E.g., Friday, November 21, 2014

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.

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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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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We often hear talk of “internationalization” or “globalization.”  What do these terms mean?  Are they interchangeable?

By Rob Daniel
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Fabienne Bertrand said she remembers experiencing her first earthquake when she was 5 years old and living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

“I saw the television coming,” Bertrand told a group of students at Willowwind School on Monday afternoon. “It’s so weak, guys. It lasted a couple of seconds.”

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One freshman from Hungary learned about the UI through his grandparents. A Chinese student heard about the campus through a friend. Another discovered it on the Internet.

Some international students find the UI on their own, but university officials are hoping increased recruitment efforts abroad will help them.

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A new town-gown tradition is debuting with the first Prairie InSight program, a partnership between International Programs at the University of Iowa, Prairie Lights Books and City Channel 4.

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By John Durham Peters and Kembrew McLeod

This is an opinion piece written for the Press Citizen in coordination with International Programs’ segment titled WorldCanvass “Taping the World.”

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1/20/2010

Joan Kjaer hosts the inaugural production of WorldCanvass.

Click here to read an article about WorldCanvass in “Spectator @ Iowa,” a monthly newsletter for UI alumni and friends.

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by Sarah Larson

Can one person own a sound?

Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod ask that question in their new documentary, Copyright Criminals, which will première nationally tonight on “Independent Lens,” a PBS documentary series. The film will be shown on IPTV World at 8 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., Wednesday. Iowa Public Television will also air it at 11 p.m. on Jan. 24.

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In recent emails from colleagues, I have been reminded of the extraordinary history of Haiti and the many challenges the people of the country have faced long before the terrible earthquake that took so many lives last week and threatens to take more.

By Caroline Berg, The Daily Iowan

An invisible cape flaps behind visiting scholar Qian Sun wherever she goes. Not only does the native from Shanghai teach Chinese language classes for the UI Confucius Institute, she also serves as an ambassador of Chinese culture battling against misconceptions.

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By Kellie Petersen, The Daily Iowan.

In response to suffering the largest cut in state funding for higher education nationwide, UI officials are looking to bring in more out-of-state and international students than ever.

University officials are actively seeking applicants from beyond Iowa’s borders to cope with the massive cuts, UI Provost Wallace Loh told members of the Faculty Council on Tuesday.

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International Programs is helping coordinate the University of Iowa’s response to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti Sunday. While the International Student & Scholar Services has contacted UI’s Haitian students and Caribbean student groups, other offices are helping to get out the message about how the UI community can help those in need.

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Please join host Joan Kjaer for live music and engaging conversation on WorldCanvass® for January’s intriguing topic: “Taping the World.” The program will be recorded before a live audience on January 22, 2010, from 5-7 PM in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum and later broadcast over UITV and KRUI-FM.

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I was elated to see the 2009 University of Iowa International Day program include schools from the western Illinois area. The original idea of the International Day — as conceived by Paul Retish, then director of the International Education Office — was that it could benefit schools across Iowa and beyond.

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When University of Iowa geography professor Raj Rajagopal set out to find a model for how he wants the public to view the University’s three-year-old India Winterim Session—a three-week study abroad program—he didn’t have to look very far.

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The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) sponsors the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize and is currently accepting submissions. The 2010 deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2010.

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WorldCanvass was featured in two news stories this week, being heralded as a fresh option for offering Iowa City a taste of culture and art from around the world.

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For Emily Brink and thousands of children in Africa, happiness comes from two needles and some string. In two years of being involved with the Mother Bear Project, the UI freshman has donated more than 30 hand-knitted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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Lisa Enloe vividly recalls when her 8-year-old daughter sat down across from her at the dinner table and announced she was going to “get rich” when she grew up and then move to Africa and help people improve their lives.

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The WiderNet Project, a service project within The University of Iowa’s School of Library and Information Science, focuses on the improvement of educational technology systems by helping primarily universities, secondary schools, and hospitals worldwide furnish people with access to computers, digital information, and the Internet.

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A new course has been developed for Spring 2010, (008:164) entitled “Topics in Transnational Literature: Journeys Across Cultures in African and Caribbean Literature and Film.” In this class, Professor Marie Kruger will explore many kinds of journeys through film and literature.

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WorldCanvass received a few interesting things to broadcast for the holidays this year: a talking drum, internet in a box and a childrens’ book about HIV/AIDS. This can only mean one thing: a trip to Africa!

The new International Programs public programming initiative explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape.

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