International Accents

E.g., Friday, July 1, 2016
E.g., Friday, July 1, 2016

Currently on return flights from a trip to Asia, with at least my fair share of flight delays, I have had time to reflect on the importance of building relations between the University of Iowa and our constituencies abroad, in particular the growing number of friends and alumni we have living in other countries.  There are two reasons for the growing significance of our ties to friends and alumni abroad.  First, there is the fact that our international enrollment has grown significantly over the past few years, particularly at the undergraduate level.  We welcomed about 60 new, first-year i

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By Karina Schroeder*

They are the second-to-last act at the Bridging Fiesta cultural talent show at the University of Iowa. Most of the performing acts that night are dancers, and this group is no different. But when they come on stage and begin their performance, the intricacy, strength and gravity-defying angles of their moves makes them instantly a popular hit.

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From University News Services

Four University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships to conduct research or teach English internationally in 2011-12, according to a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

This year’s UI recipients are Sangeeta Tandon, Luke Juran, Lia Yoon and Sarah Viren.

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While studying abroad in Chile, Samantha Sidwell first connected with people through music. Sidwell, a 2011 UI graduate, was placed in a host family full of musicians and quickly became involved in music locally by playing cello in an orquestra at her university and taking lessons from a Chilean instructor.

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Dave Eggers’ book “Zeitoun” is the 2011 selection for “One Community, One Book,” a project sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) that promotes learning about human rights in the United States and the world through literature.

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International Programs recognized exceptional faculty mentorship and student achievement at the spring 2011 International Studies Graduation Reception on May 13.

The winner of the 2011 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award was Craig Just, adjunct assistant professor in the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in international education and exceptional mentoring and support of International Studies B.A. students. He was nominated by Kali Feiereisel, a spring 2011 graduate in International Studies and Sustainability.

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By Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Some Iraqi students studying in the United States on a new government-backed scholarship program could be forced to return home if they cannot meet English-proficiency requirements, a prospect that worries international educators.

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Source: University News Services

Five University of Iowa students have shown they have what it takes to meet The IOWA Challenge, the university’s core expectations for undergraduates.

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Activities in India–from faculty partnerships and institutional visits, to study abroad efforts–have increased substantially in the past few years.  Our India “Winterim” study abroad program, which takes place each year from the end of December to the beginning of the spring semester in late January, is a case in point.  In the winter term, 2006-07, there was a single course offered in India, and 17 students enrolled.  By any standard measure, a group of 17 is a healthy start for a first-time study abroad program.  But from 2006-07 to 2010-11, the program has exploded.  This past winter, 16

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The International Crossroads Community (ICC), a University of Iowa living and learning community, was recently awarded the April/May Student Organization of the Month Award by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. The award recognizes outstanding dedication and work by UI student organizations, and ICC has been specifically acknowledged for its recently successful event, Gusto Latino.

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In a recent Q&A session with The Daily Iowan, UI President Sally Mason discussed the importance of studying abroad and diversity on our campus. See the excerpt below:

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By Samantha Gentry, The Daily Iowan

Samantha Sidwell wants to push musical boundaries. The University of Iowa senior wants to mix alternative and classical music by mixing her cello with a loop pedal — a device that would allow her to create layers of melody and texture into her live performances.

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The following commentary by Matthew Wolf appeared in the Daily Iowan opinion section. Wolf, a UI junior, is in the International Studies B.A. program.

In light of a fierce national debate on immigration, with states cutting services to immigrants in an attempt to make ends meet, it is fitting to share a story of acceptance.

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By Emily Hoerner, The Daily Iowan

As relations between the United States and China become more important in the economic world, experts say networking early could be an asset for business students.

And one University of Iowa organization, the Greater China Business Association, aims to do just that by connecting international students from China and domestic students.

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Four University of Iowa students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical languages during the summer of 2011. The students will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes in countries where these languages are spoken. The scholarship recipients are: Jacqueline Cieslak, studying Hindi in India; Rebecca Kreitzer, studying Chinese in China; Addie Leak, studying Arabic in Jordan; and Michelle Quill, studying Bangla/Bengali in Bangladesh.

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By Kirsten Jacobsen, The Daily Iowan

Sara Manos said her favorite Swahili phrase means, simply, “to sleep deeply.”

“Lala fo fo fo,” Manos scrawled in Swahili on a piece of paper late last month.

The University of Iowa African Studies student, who’s in an intermediate level Swahili class this semester, is one of 64 students in the program.

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This announcement from University News Services profiles ISBA student Doug Stienstra. Photo by Tim Schoon.

Doug Stienstra was in trouble when he asked his girlfriend to suggest something he could get for her birthday.

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Check out a series of features -- first seen in the Daily Iowan -- that showcase several UI students' unique study abroad experiences.

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The second University of Iowa Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture will be presented by Pablo Piccato at 4 p.m. today in the International Programs’ Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. His talk is titled “Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News.” This event is free and open to the public.

The talk will examine crime and police newspapers and magazines in Mexico between the 1930s and 1960s, when the roles of reporters as detectives and criminals as public figures shaped social views of justice and the truth behind crime.

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By Allie Wright, The Daily Iowan

Summer Schoop stayed up all night Sunday to watch President Obama inform the world about the slaying of Osama bin Laden.

The University of Iowa junior, who is studying abroad in Seville, Spain, said she streamed Obama’s speech online after she saw the news on Facebook and Twitter.

The next morning, Schoop, 20, began to receive e-mails from the U.S. Embassy about travel warnings for Americans abroad, she said.

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By Hunter Sharpless for the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) will screen its final film this Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB: Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan, 113 min.).

Memento tells the story of Leonard Shelby, an ex-insurance agent who suffers from anterograde amnesia that makes him unable to form new memories. The condition began when he received a head injury while trying to fight off two men who raped and murdered his wife. On the telephone with an unknown caller, Leonard explains that he killed one of her attackers. In order to document facts while he searches for the second attacker, Shelby takes Polaroid photos, which he annotates for future reference. He also has tattoos facts of the case on his body. In sequences alternating between color and black & white, Shelby’s quest for justice discloses something darker. Nolan was nominated for a 2002 Oscar for his screenplay. Drawing on European art films such as Last Year at Marienbad (dir. Alain Resnais, 1961), Memento keeps you guessing while you try to put the pieces of Leonard’s story together.

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The following blog post from Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) features UI graduate Stephanie Enloe, the director of sustainable projects for Travel for Change International, a small group of committed volunteers who are building an eco-lodge near Njombe, Tanzania.

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By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan

A couple swiftly dances the six-step salsa sequence to a fast-paced rhythm. They weave in and out from each other’s arms, pausing for a mere second on the fourth beat.

The dance is structured but maintains a sensuous vibe. Salsa, which has roots in both Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances, has a defined culture all its own.

“If there is something stereotypically Latino, salsa is the thing,” said University of Iowa sophomore Jacqueline Correa.

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