Eight University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2014-15.

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Over the last 60 years, demographics on longevity have dramatically changed. The world now has a growing population that far exceeds in absolute and relative terms anything in human history. The United States alone will have more than 70 million people 65 years old or older by 2040. Not everyone benefits from such longevity, as disease can cripple the function of the brain leading to an altered state of mind.

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“Bundan Snark: Writing and Fighting in Modern Japan” is the theme of an upcoming conference at the University of Iowa exploring an alternate history of the Japanese literary establishment. The conference will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 2390, University Capitol Centre (Executive Boardroom).

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The influx of international students from Asia has caused some in the nation to question whether this creates unfair competition between wealthier international students and middle-class Asian Americans. But officials and students at the University of Iowa said they don’t see this competition and increase in foreign students as being negative.

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The European Studies Group will present “Fascism's African Empire: A Soldier-Warrior’s Story,” a lecture by Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University) on Monday, May 5, at 11:30 a.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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An upcoming workshop at the UI will address the question of what happened to Marxism in China, North Korea, and beyond on Thursday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The workshop is free and open to the public and no pre-registration is required.

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Thanks to the support of generous private donors, these UI students were able to study or conduct research abroad in the past year, gaining invaluable experiences and memories that enhanced their education and lives.

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The 8th-annual Iowa City Russian Guitar Festival (IARGUS) will feature a lineup of artists from around the world on May 1-4, 2014. Admission for each concert is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, with festival passes available for $50 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $25 for students.

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Naveen Kishore, an Indian whose parents fled from Lahore at the time of Partition, will present a SASP seminar in the form of a dramatic monologue titled “My life in the arts, publishing and design—a brief rumination about nothing” on Monday, April 28 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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The final event in the European Studies Group’s spring Lunch & Talk series will be Friday, April 25, 2014, when the topic is "Conversations with a Cabbage: Cyrano de Bergerac's Posthuman Moon."

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