International Accents

E.g., Friday, June 30, 2017
E.g., Friday, June 30, 2017

Staring blankly up at the ceiling of a French hospital, I distantly understood that I was in trouble, but could find no words to explain how I felt. Speaking in French to explain my situation to the doctor was impossible, as I was no longer sure that I could speak any language. Time moved differently, jumping back and forth between clear memories of before the accident and the fuzzy, confused reality of after. My head felt eerily empty, quieter than I had ever experienced it. I had a vague sense of who I was- I knew my name, at least- but could not understand how I had gotten to be in this state.

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I just left my home away from home. I woke up the last day of my program. I admittedly had been pretending this morning would never have to come. I had 24 hours to submerge myself as far as I can in the beauty of what is San Ramon Costa Rica.

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Ladroma studied French, Spanish, and International Studies: Development at the UI. A presentation about a study abroad program piqued his interest in the possibility of studying in France. A Regents Study Abroad scholarship paved the way for Ladroma’s opportunity to immerse himself in the European culture. One benefit of studying abroad that Ladroma didn’t anticipate was meeting his future wife, Ashley (DeCarlo) Ladroma, B.A, communication studies, French, at a presentation in Lyon, France. The couple grew up just 38 miles from each other (Ashley is from Harlan, Iowa), but first met in France.

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UI international studies and German major Madeline Kaiser, a native of Orono, MN, was awarded a United States Teaching Assistantship at Austrian Secondary Schools and will headed to Vienna this fall to teach at two secondary schools. 

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The daughter of refugees from Soviet Union, Korsakov, is a first-generation University of Iowa senior, and she’ll graduate Saturday.

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Funds will be used for research, writing, teaching abroad

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As an elementary education major with an added endorsement in teaching English as a second language (ESL) and a minor in Spanish, Henry Hartzler envisions his English Teaching Assistantship to the Asturias region of Spain will deepen his ability to work with Spanish-speaking immigrant students in the future. Hartzler, an avid rock climber, also plans to organize an after-school youth climbing club.

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A graduating international student reflects on her time on campus.

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Three UI undergraduates awarded prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

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Cooking with firewood and other biofuels is one of the most urgent problems in the world today. It affects the health and wellbeing of those inhaling the fumes at close range, relies on increasingly scarce sources of firewood, and contributes over 20% of global black carbon emissions. The harm to individuals and the environment cannot be denied, and yet there’s little awareness of the issue among the general public. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and a panel of experts drawn from multiple fields including engineering, urban and regional planning, public health, anthropology, and geography discussed the use of traditional wood-burning cookstoves and the complex social and cultural underpinnings of the practice on the April 12 WorldCanvass, a highlight of the UI’s yearly Provost’s Global Forum.

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Iowa City has been selected to host the 2018 annual meeting of UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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For Henry Hartzler, what started as a passion for both teaching and climate science eventually transformed into the opportunity of a lifetime. This August, he will be serving in the Peace Corps as an environmental education primary teacher in Nicaragua.

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In December, 2016, a group of 12 UI faculty and students, led by Meena R. Khandelwal, an associate professor of anthropology and gender, women’s and sexuality studies at the University of Iowa, spent a month studying efforts to design and diffuse improved cookstoves in southern Rajasthan, India, thanks to a Fulbright-Hays GPA grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and supported by UI International Programs.

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English courses that introduced Katherine Will to Spanish literature sparked her interest to develop her writing in two languages. As a language-learning assistant in Argentina, Will plans to use her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to promote an appreciation for language and dialect diversity.

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Samantha Westphal envisions starting a student health club in Argentina with her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Westphal also plans to promote peace and cultural exchange through education as a teaching assistant at teacher-training colleges.

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A Fulbright U.S. Student Program Study/Research award will allow Scott Sulzener to conduct research critical to his dissertation on Protestant convents that existed in Germany more than a century ago. Sulzener plans to use his Fulbright grant to explore the intersection of gender and power in the German provinces.

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Many different experiences with UI international students from China and Taiwan interested Kelsey O'Donnell to understand Taiwanese culture and language. She credits these deep relationships with providing new perspectives on life, education, and the world. With a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, O’Donnell plans to teach at local schools and volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Taiwan.

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Hodna Nuernberg is a literary translator and voracious reader of North African literature. She is excited to expose students in Morocco to contemporary American authors and, in turn, become a more sensitive translator and advocate for Maghrebian literature.

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Lisa Miles will travel throughout the Indonesian archipelago to study traditional beaten bark papermaking, printmaking, and natural dyeing still practiced in the region by contemporary artisans. She will create a series of one-of-a-kind bark paper artist books as a response to her experiences. To engage with the local community, she will offer free papermaking and bookbinding workshops to the public.

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Recognizing that science, at its core, is an international effort, Nicholas McCarty will use his Fulbright Program Partnership Award grant to conduct research on a global stage and foster collaborations with European scientists in the United Kingdom. McCarty’s ultimate goal is to make intensive drug production processes much less expensive in an effort to expand access for cardiovascular disease patients.

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The opportunity to decrease smoking rates in Romania and find creative ways to teach and engage with another culture are goals Jasmine Mangrum plans to achieve with her Fulbright Study/Research grant. The pharmacy/public health graduate also plans to integrate pharmacists into the global health workforce.

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Samantha Korns thoroughly enjoys teaching. After traveling to Russia in 2016, Korns looks forward to creating a cross-cultural understanding with Russian students, practicing Russian Sambo, and using her entrepreneurial knowledge to lead discussions on evaluating business ideas. 

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Before pursuing a medical education, Alexis Koch plans to use her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach and tutor children in Spain. Koch recognizes that interacting with people in another culture will improve her ability to communicate complicated ideas into something even children would understand. 

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