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Chinese teachers with the Confucius Institute of the University of Iowa visited the Ceramics II class at Muscatine High School Friday to teach students about tea ceremony in the Chinese culture. After the presentation, students brewed tea in pots they made and shared it with classmates.

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Join SASP for the following free events March 2-3: Lessons in Drag, a performance by LGBT activist Kareem Khubchandani, and a panel discussion with Khubchandani and two other scholar-activists who have several years of experience with Indian LGBT communities and movements.

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Universities are some of the most diverse places in the United States. The fact that at the University of Iowa, there are more than 4,000 international students proves that point. The UI is helping its students take the lead in breaking cultural barriers.

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"I guess one thing that struck most of today’s participants, including me, is that if none of us takes the initiative to know each other better, nothing is going to happen between us, no matter how large the international population is on campus." - from the blog, Tales from the Global Diaspora, by UI student Lu Shen

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The upcoming Oscars are a reminder that whether you call them movies, films or cinema, motion pictures have always been a mix of industry and art. This week, Iowa Citians have a unique opportunity to see a documentary whose focus is a recent test-case of conditions affecting free speech in contemporary China.

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The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) at the University of Iowa will kick off its spring seminar series with a talk by Nilika Mehrotra titled “Consuming Gold: Reframing Gender, Property and Aesthetics in Contemporary India” on Monday, February 24, at 4 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public. Chai and snacks will be served.

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The cultural segregation between Chinese and domestic students is one of the emerging issues and tensions that both international students and their domestic counterparts are facing on an increasingly diverse UI campus. In hopes of addressing those issues and identifying others, the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies next week will lead a first-ever U.S.-China student workshop on the undergraduate experience at Iowa.

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The University of Iowa Child Protection Program, International Programs, and Provost’s Office invite you to attend multiple activities that will be held in the scope of 2014 Provost’s Global Forum “Child Protection: A Global Responsibility.”

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Filmmaker Steve Maing is coming to UI February 20–21 to screen his award-winning documentary High Tech, Low Life about two of China’s first and most daring citizen reporters who challenge the status quo by reporting on censored news stories.

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The African Studies Program at the University of Iowa will welcome Julie Weiskopf, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, for a talk titled "'A Revolution in Tribal Life': Sleeping Sickness Concentrations and Colonialism in Kigoma in the 1930s." The talk will be held Thursday, February 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.

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