Why study Arabic? In this video, Onalee Yousey, a 2013 UI graduate in political science and international studies, talks about her experience in Morocco through the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship Program.

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Hao Huang, tenor and professor of voice from Wuhan Conservatory of Music, will perform a recital of folk and artistic songs from Chinese and Western operas on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

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The second annual Iowa NAFSA International Education Conference will take place Friday, April 25, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. This conference will be similar to a regional NAFSA conference in that representatives from all facets of international education will be in attendance, but the conference will be unique in that it will be specifically for Iowa.

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Darryl Montana, Big Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indian tribe, will be featured in an upcoming panel discussion on “Festival Arts, Carnival, and Community Development.” The event is free and open to the public and will take place Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.

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The next event in the European Studies Group’s Lunch & Talk series will be Friday, April 18, 2014, at noon in 315 Phillips Hall featuring Blaine Greteman, assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who will present "Agency and Authorship in the Early Modern Social Network."

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More University of Iowa students will be saying “ni hao” as the Confucius Institute continues to grow in popularity. Membership and participation in the institute has skyrocketed since its inception eight years ago.

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A series of upcoming events, collectively titled “Saree Conversations,” will explore the art and tradition of Saree weaving in India. All events will be held Monday, April 21, 2014, at the University Capitol Centre (UCC). Admission is free and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

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An upcoming UI visit by A. James Arnold, professor emeritus of the University of Virginia, will include two events April 24-25, both free and open to the public. Arnold will present “To ‘Africa’ with Aimé Césaire and Wifredo Lam” and "Les Discours identitaires aux Antilles Françaises (1940-1995).”

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UI alumnus J. Roger Kurtz, professor of African literatures at The College at Brockport: State University of New York will present on engaging trauma theory through African literature in an upcoming UI talk Thursday, April 24, 2014, at noon in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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In her third entry, Study Abroad blogger Haley Church reflects on her decision to run a half-marathon in Botswana and how the adventurous but challenging experience mirrors her study abroad journey so far.

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