International Accents

E.g., Saturday, April 21, 2018
E.g., Saturday, April 21, 2018
Six years ago as I was about to begin my undergraduate career at The University of Iowa majoring in journalism, a fellow Chinese student who’d switched her major from communications studies to business ruthlessly doubted my choice.

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anya kim
UI student receives a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for research to Spain

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At the state level, the U.S. Climate Alliance leads the charge. Sixteen states, including Minnesota, Colorado, North Carolina and California, represent 40 percent of U.S. GDP — they have created 13 million clean energy jobs. The Climate Alliance is a testament to the proposition that climate and energy leadership promotes good jobs and economic growth.  Julie Cerqueira, executive director of the U.S. Climate Alliance, said “Iowa’s long history of leadership in clean energy, in particular the successful deployment of wind power at scale, makes its membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance both logical and valuable." Iowa should join!

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Baraba Okeke
UI student receives a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for public health research to Romania

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I identify as an Asian American, specifically of East Indian descent, and I have felt that too much of my focus was on the academic side of college. Most of the Indians I know participated in few to no activities outside of the classroom because we have been raised in a culture that stresses the importance of academics far more than our non-academic interests. Many of my family members and friends of Indian descent love to tell me about their time in college but when I ask them what clubs or events they participated in I too often get blank stares.

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Alex Duff
University of Iowa Chinese language and literature and accounting major Alex Duff of Volga, Iowa, has been awarded a 2017 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). Duff will head to China this summer for an intensive language and cultural immersion program at the College of Humanities & Sciences of Northeast Normal University in Changchun. 

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Tom Bowman
UI student receives a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship award to Bulgaria

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choosing to die
In a panel discussion entitled "Choosing to Die," panelist will discuss a global look at the impact of cultural norms on the choices women make in cancer treatment from 3 to 4:30 p.m., April 24, in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

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On Thursday, March 1, the internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet took WorldCanvass inside the process of music-making.  In a performance-filled program called Translating Music, members of the quartet and Elizabeth Oakes, director of the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program in the School of Music, discussed what it takes to bring a piece to life by focusing on two themes—nationality in music and storytelling through music. This program was part of a week-long residency at the UI, which included a number of classroom and public engagements as well as a concert at Hancher Auditorium. 

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Grace Coleman
UI student receives a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship award to the Czech Republic

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Muslim Student Association will host a variety of educational events for Islam Awareness Week on campus, including a ‘fastathon,’ a chance to try on a hijab, and a play.

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My mom and I walking through beautiful Malá Strana
I’m currently beginning my third month living in Prague, and it has truly flown by. I can remember my first night here perfectly – I was jet-lagged, scared, homesick, and just entirely overwhelmed. Now, only about seven weeks later, I am adjusted, happy, and Prague feels like home.

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Lucy Patterson
UI student receives a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship award to Germany

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chris
UI student receives a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship award to South Korea

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The UI Conversation Center and Friendship Community Project hold Community Conversations to help people in the community learn English in a relaxed environment.

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Iowa City will host the Cities of Literature annual meeting to mark the 10-year anniversary of its literature designation.

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When I told my study abroad advisor I wanted to go to Uruguay for my semester abroad, she told me, “I hope you’re prepared to eat a lot of beef.” As a vegetarian, this probably should have been a red flag.

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This was taken during a long walk to see the cherry blossoms (at last!!)—this is across the moat from Kitanomaru park, which flanks the Imperial Palace grounds.
During the months of March and April, Tokyo undergoes a transformation. Neighborhoods, rivers, parks, and temples become shrouded in white and pink. Cherry blossom season is, perhaps, a bit like our Christmas—a time in which people forget time, to soak in the sakura for a few blissful and carefree hours.

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Rita Guzman
UI student receives a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship award to Portugal

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Rachel Maggi
UI student receives a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for research to India

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Stopped for the view on the way to Volubilis and Meknes
Prior to my arrival in Morocco, I was aware that there would be significant differences between the classical Arabic that I had been studying at Iowa and the colloquial Arabic used in everyday exchanges in my host country.

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Upper Florentine Valley
I am so grateful that I am spending my semester in New South Wales, Australia, through SIT’s Environmental Action and Sustainability study abroad program. During my time here, I have learned from leading environmentalists, listened to impactful activists, been exposed to the indigenous Aboriginal culture, and experienced indescribable moments of connection with Earth.

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Photo of Anna Patty
As an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, Anna Patty (B.A. journalism, Spanish '03) had never been on an airplane. That all changed when she decided to study abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica, for an entire academic year. Nearly twenty years after her study abroad experience, Patty is now co-owner of Epiphany, a full-service marketing company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Patty recently took time to reflect on how her study abroad experience has shaped her career.

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Hotel Oudayas
While it’s more fun to show pictures of all the adventures I’m having, the reality of study abroad is that it is, in fact, study abroad.

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Iowa tennis player Piotr Smietana volleys the ball during a match against Cornell University on Friday, Mar. 2, 2018. Smietana lost his match 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-4 and the Big Red defeated the Hawkeyes 4-3. (David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan)
Piotr Smietana traveled 4,867 miles to get to Iowa City; now, with the spring tennis season in full swing, he’s ready for the challenges.

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