Sample a variety of coffee, tea, and sweet treats from the four corners of the world at this year’s Adopt-A-Language Fair on Monday, November 11, 2013, from 3-6 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

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Halloween’s novel activities of pumpkin carving, dressing in costume, and eating candy corn are tradition to most students at the University of Iowa. These traditions are now also being shared with international students at the university in attempt to better incorporate them into Iowa culture. Life in Iowa, an ongoing orientation program sponsored by the UI International Student and Scholar Services, put on a pumpkin carving event Thursday night for International students.

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University of Iowa students in the Department of Dance have collaborated with writers in residence at the International Writing Program to choreograph new dances inspired by the writers’ works. A free, public performance showcasing their work will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in Space Place Theater in North Hall.

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Americans are not the only ones excited about Halloween today. I know I speak for Chinese students when I say many of us are really looking forward to the evening's festivities. My friends and I want to carve our own "jack-o'-lantern," dress up, and attend parties.

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Learn the Thriller! Take unlimited instant photos at the photo booth! Watch cultural dance performances and join in on dance workshops! Halloween doesn't have to stop on October 31st! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join your friends at this Halloween-Themed Cultural Ball.

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The next talk in the South Asian Studies Programs fall seminar series features John Harriss for his lecture “State of Injustice: The Indian State and Poverty” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 2390, University Capitol Centre.

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The University of Iowa College of Engineering hosted a group of faculty members and administrators Oct. 21 from various universities in India. The visit to the UI was a part of trips to several other universities in the U.S.

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Join UI music professor David Puderbaugh as he recounts his Fulbright experience in Estonia during an upcoming Lunch & Learn seminar, presented by the Iowa Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

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Citizen diplomacy may well be our state’s most valuable export. For more than 50 years, Iowa has been front and center in volunteer, people-to-people diplomacy through our long tradition of Sister State relationships. Sister State exchanges bring the world to our doorstep and have helped Iowa build deep and lasting friendships throughout the world, resulting in greater cooperation and trade.

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As turmoil in the Middle East continues to rise in several countries — including Egypt and Syria — the number of students studying abroad in that region is slowly declining for the UI. The most recent numbers show about half as many students study abroad in the Middle East and near that part of the world from the 2010-11 to the 2011-12 school years. Two years ago, 49 students traveled to the region and neighboring regions; however, last year that number dropped to 26 students.

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