International Accents

E.g., Friday, October 31, 2014
E.g., Friday, October 31, 2014

For most students, summers are filled with bikinis and beach balls. However, for one Iowa student, her beach gear consisted of safety gloves and sanitary bags. Blake Rupe, a University of Iowa graduate student from Ottumwa, Iowa, conducted research on the garbage presence in Veracruz, Mexico, specifically concentrating on the beaches near the city.

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The European Studies Group in International Programs will host a Lunch & Talk series beginning April 11. All events are free, open to the public, and will be held at noon in 315 Phillips Hall.

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Many musicians, artists and scientists have the desire to merge disciplines in order to better understand our world, and Iowans will have the chance to experience the results of one such collaboration this week in a number of different events and programs on the Unviersity of Iowa campus.

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During a SASP talk April 10, Professor Arvind Singhal, a leading practitioner, researcher, and coach of the Positive Deviance (PD) approach, will discuss the implications of PD in addressing complex social problems in South Asia.

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The final event in the spring 2014 Fulbright Lunch & Learn seminar series will be held Friday, April 11, from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Bring your lunch and hear from UI English professor Phillip Round, who will present "Cross-Cultural Teaching: Expectations vs. Reality.”

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You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating this year's Bridging Fiesta! Presented by the Organization for the Active Support of International Students (OASIS). Food, games, dancing and live bands are waiting for you!

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A unique and exciting endeavor that merges art and science in a reflection on the beauty, intricacy, and fragility of our planet will be the cornerstone of the next WorldCanvass. The Crossroads Project brings together scientists, artists, musicians, and others to explore climate change and the challenge of sustainability through the complementary languages of science and art. WorldCanvass takes place on April 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The program is free and open to the public.

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In her second entry, Study Abroad blogger Haley Church shares her thoughts on her spring break travels through three countries in southern Africa; Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.

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Feminist scholar, activist, and novelist Jael Silliman, a former University of Iowa associate professor, will present a rich visual and cultural tour of the Calcutta Jewish community in an upcoming talk Monday, April 7, 2014, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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“In our laws, it’s declared that Chinese people have the rights to have free speech, but in actuality [they do] not; it should change,” said UI junior Liqi Wang.

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Aya Ikegame, an anthropologist from the University of Edinburgh, will present a SASP seminar on Monday, March 31, at 4:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre, titled "Gurus and Overlapping Sovereignties: Informal Justice and Local Development in Rural Karnataka."

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The Latin America Studies Program at the UI will welcome María Elena Placencia for a talk titled “Hijito vea: Address and reference forms and discriminatory practices in interethnic interaction in Quito” on Wednesday, March 26, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall.

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It has become clearer to the medical community over recent decades that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have a significant impact on child health and also adult physical, emotional, social and behavioral health. But what are adverse childhood experiences?

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“Battlefield Earth: Global Health and Violent Conflict” is the theme of the 2014 Global Health Studies Conference, which will be held March 28-30 at the University of Iowa.

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Are you thinking about international research, study, or teaching? Please join us for our upcoming international and Fulbright-related events coming up after spring break!

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UI junior Elise Prendergast, who is studying abroad at Peking University, had the opportunity to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday in China.

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"The exposure to the medical world that I received in India was unbelievable. It was like learning a foreign language: I do not think anyone could truly learn what I learned from a textbook or a lecture series."

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International Programs reflects on the achievements and outstanding work of women students, staff, and faculty on this campus who are proving every day that "equality for women is progress for all."

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In order to increase awareness of several issues related to child protection, Resmiye Oral has organized the 2014 Provost’s Global Forum at the UI, “Child Protection: A Global Responsibility.” The forum will address the global and local impact of child abuse and neglect March 26-28.

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Todd Cleveland, assistant professor of history at Augustana College, Rock Island, will present “Blood Diamonds: Before and After the Phenomenon,” on Friday, March 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall.

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The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) will continue its spring 2014 seminar series with a lecture by Corey Creekmur titled “Experiments with Truth: The Contemporary Hindi Historical Film.” The event is free and open to the public and will be held Monday, March 10, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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Chinese teachers with the Confucius Institute of the University of Iowa visited the Ceramics II class at Muscatine High School Friday to teach students about tea ceremony in the Chinese culture. After the presentation, students brewed tea in pots they made and shared it with classmates.

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Get ready for summer engineering programs abroad! It’s not too late to apply to an incredible summer study abroad program specifically designed for engineering students.

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Earlier this month, Chile’s soon-to-be president, Michelle Bachelet, selected University of Iowa alum Marcelo Mena-Carrasco to serve as the country’s undersecretary of the environment. His recent efforts to improve the nation’s air quality played a major role in his selection for the post.

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At 5 p.m. on March 28 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum, a panel of regional and international experts will join WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer to discuss the global reality of child abuse and neglect, its impact on children and the adults they later become, and interventions that may be appropriate both before and after the abuse occurs. WorldCanvass will be recorded before a live audience and the public is invited to attend.

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