Articles from December 2016

In the news: Iowa City ranks among Peace Corps' top volunteer producing metro areas in 2016

Today, Peace Corps announced that Iowa City, Iowa ranks No. 10 among metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents. There are 10 volunteers from Iowa City currently serving worldwide, and 2,388 Hawkeyes have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

5th Annual Intensive Fulbright Workshop, Jan. 27

Would you like to teach English, study, or do research abroad for an academic year at no cost? Join International Programs for the fifth-annual intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program workshop on Friday, January 27, 2017, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 2520 University Capitol Centre.

In the news: UI to take aim at online lives

Beginning in January, the University of Iowa will explore the theme of Our Lives Online as the spring 2017 Semester Theme.

WorldCanvass ReCap: White Privilege, Structural Racism, and the Dream of America

What does the American dream look like to you? To your neighbor? How does your life experience compare with that of someone from a different ethnic background, a different economic class, or a different religion? These questions have been at the heart of the 2016 political debate but their roots are as deep and tangled as the history of America itself. With a closely divided electorate, highly-charged rhetoric, and unaccountable social media messaging, the chasm in understanding can seem all but infinite. Joan Kjaer and her guests discussed thorny, controversial, and critical issues of social justice in contemporary society on “WorldCanvass: White Privilege, Structural Racism, and the Dream of America.”

Finding the spirit of Fulbright on an International Education Administrators Seminar to Japan

"Arriving in Japan on a Fulbright International Education Administrators grant in June of 2016, less than a month after President Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima as the first sitting American president to do so after World War II, was a life-changing experience."

In the news: University of Iowa confers alumni award on local professor

Cheng, a distinguished professor of the biomedical engineering department and director of Orthopedic Device Research Center at National Yang Ming University, was honored for his major academic contributions and research.

Lauren Darby: Global Education

Lauren Darby (MAT ‘15, Social Studies Education) graduated in December 2015, after completing her student teaching in New Zealand as part of the Student Teaching Abroad Scholarship from the College of Education. For the 2016-2017 school year, Darby is overseas once again, this time to Wolfsburg, Germany, where she is teaching American language and culture in 5-12th grade English classes as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant program.

In the news: Trump calls Branstad ‘ideal’ choice to be ambassador to China

In a move likely to calm diplomatic and trade concerns created by Donald Trump’s rhetoric during and after the presidential campaign, the president-elect has tapped Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be his ambassador to China.

In the news: Iowa universities could benefit from Branstad nomination

Chinese nationals account for the largest share of international students attending Iowa’s public universities, leaving administrators hopeful about the potential for their campuses of the governor’s nomination to be the U.S. ambassador to China. “I hope it will continue the strong connections,” Downing Thomas, the University of Iowa associate provost for academic affairs and dean of International Programs, said Wednesday. “Not only for Chinese students to come here, but for all UI students to hopefully benefit from the ties and connections that result.”

In the news: White reality under the microscope

WorldCanvass hosted White Privilege, Structural Racism, and the Dream of America to educate people about structural racism, white privilege, and white supremacy in the American past and present. -- article by Isabella Senno, The Daily Iowan