International Accents

E.g., Monday, December 22, 2014
E.g., Monday, December 22, 2014

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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By Chrisopher Merrill* and Linda K. Kerber**

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Maria Socorro Tabuenca will speak about her research surrounding femicide and drug violence in Juarez, Mexico, from 4 to 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Room 3321, Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus. The Latin American Studies Program, part of International Programs at the University of Iowa, will sponsor the lecture.

Since 1992, Tabuenca has been a researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera, a research center that studies issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. She has also served as the dean for the research center’s northwest region since 1999.

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Throughout her life, Anne Wallis has dreamt of India. The assistant professor of epidemiology has spent her free time drowning in Indian novels and marveling at its rich religious, cultural, and linguistic history. “Sometimes you can’t explain why you’re interested in one place, except to say that you’re drawn to it,” she says. Wallis’ wanderlust has been satiated – for now – thanks to the UI’s Winterim program, a three-week, winter-break study abroad program that takes students to India to directly learn about the country. Wallis led a class of 15 on a journey into Indian maternal and infant health.

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A two-day symposium featuring the screening of two films by Ron Mulvihill will take place on the University of Iowa Campus beginning at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3. The event is free and open to the public.

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The University of Iowa African Studies Program will host two UI graduate student presentations on Monday, March 29, at noon in the University Capitol Centre Room 1117 (International Commons). These presentations are free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be provided.

The first presenter, Allison McGuffie, is a UI Ph.D. candidate in film studies in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature.  Her presentation is titled “Educating African Sexuality: Processes of Gendering in African HIV/AIDS Instructional Films.”

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Please join host Joan Kjaer at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol for the next WorldCanvass program, this time focusing on Latin America.

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By Matt Cozzi, The Daily Iowan.

For international students, the cross-continental journey usually doesn’t consist of considering intramural sports.

Nevertheless, more international students seem to have found themselves adding the Bubble to their lists of must-see Iowa City attractions than ever before, as those participating in intramurals has increased.

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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 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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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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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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Kjaer interviews NEH Chairman Jim Leach

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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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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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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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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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