political science

While heritage, adventure, education and cuisine were all critical considerations in my choice to study abroad, I learned in the first three days of my trip that those reasons would have dissolved if I didn’t have a great support system. Ironically, the largest influence in my decision to move 5,993 miles away from my family…was my family.

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Alec Bramel, 22, of Holy Cross, Iowa, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jamaica March 9 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Bramel will make a difference working with his community to identify resources and agriculture projects that can be developed and implemented to generate income. He will also facilitate training in farm management and work with schools to enhance and expand environmental education.

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Jeffrey Ding, a political science, economics, and Chinese major in his third year at the University of Iowa, had an exciting summer. An Iowa City native, Ding accepted an internship in Hong Kong through the Tippie Global Internships Program. While there, Ding worked closely with Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, through which he was able to observe the intense political situation in the city as well as write articles, news stories, and policy proposals.

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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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“In our laws, it’s declared that Chinese people have the rights to have free speech, but in actuality [they do] not; it should change,” said UI junior Liqi Wang.

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The University of Iowa offers two programs through the Pushkin Institute in Moscow for students to study abroad in the summer. This program offers students intensive Russian language courses as well as culture courses. Come to an info session Feb. 26 to learn more.

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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 Rise of Public Opinion in China,” an upcoming international conference at the UI, will bring together leading scholars and distinguished guest speakers Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2013, on the University of Iowa campus.

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Ron McMullen, a UI alumnus and Iowa native, spent more than 30 years as a diplomat and ambassador, dodging bullets and negotiating delicate deals. He has lived, worked, or traveled in 91 countries, and his experiences are as diverse as the countries where he’s lived. He's met kings and presidents, but has also worked with poor indigenous communities, interviewed thousands of visa applicants, and worked with colleagues in embassies around the world.

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The Turkish Student Association (TSA) at the University of Iowa presents the Honorable Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Chicago, for a talk Monday, April 29, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the IMU. Yildiz will be speaking about Turkish foreign policy in a changing world. The event is free and open to the public.

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