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9/21/2010

"The Tenth Parallel" author Griswold to speak on WorldCanvass Studio Sept. 29

WorldCanvass Studio, a mobile version of the University of Iowa International Programs’ monthly radio and television program WorldCanvass, will feature Eliza Griswold, author of “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Iowa City Congregational Church. The event is free and open to the public.
9/7/2010

Fulbrights make an Impact

UI alumni like Deanna Fei and Geoffrey Hilsabeck have benefited greatly from their international experiences thanks to the support of Fulbright grants. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program gives masters and doctoral candidates, recent baccalaureate recipients, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.
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7/21/2010

Highlight on Fulbright: UI grad discovers poetry in a new language and land

Why Portuguese?– A question that Geoffrey Hilsabeck didn’t always have a clear answer for when he started learning the language in 2008 while attending the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. With the support of a Fulbright fellowship grant, Hilsabeck just finished a year studying Portuguese poetry and teaching a class in U.S. history and culture at the University of Lisbon.
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7/13/2010

To return or stay?

John Giammatteo, an upcoming senior studying Anthropology at Syracuse University, was a participant during fall 2009 in the University of Iowa’s “Semester in South India” program in Mysore, India. As part of an academic assignment, John conducted a research project in the city of Chennai (formerly Madras) that involved interviewing refugees who had been stranded in India for years during the civil war that raged between separatist Tamil Tigers and the government of Sri Lanka. In November 2009 he also was a student rapporteur and participant in a workshop held in Mysore that delved into the problem of involuntary removal of rural populations in South Asia due to two causes: large-scale development projects and high-impact natural disasters. John is currently in Thailand completing his Honors Capstone fieldwork, researching with Karen migrants in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot.
6/8/2010

UI International Studies graduate Keenan named to USA Today academic first team

Alexandra Keenan was named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team. Twenty students were chosen out of hundreds for first-team status, each receiving a $2,500 cash award. The article notes that the members of the 2010 team are “true global citizens,” and Keenan is no exception. She helped lead a team of students who designed a handheld water sanitizer, a project that was awarded an EPA sustainable design grant and was named one of Discover Magazine‘s “10 Everyday Technologies That Can Change the World.” She studied non-governmental organizations in India and then advocated for cervical cancer screening at a hospital in Madurai, which has since implemented a community-based screening program. She managed the daily care of 12 HIV-positive children at an orphanage in Tonal, Mexico, and helped develop a diagnostic technique for a deadly parasitic disease and then taught it to scientists at a university in India. She is a Goldwater Scholar and was named one of Glamour magazine’s “Top 10 College Women” in 2009.
4/26/2010

Iowa one of twelve interested in collaboration with Indian universities

With a law on the anvil to allow operation of foreign education providers in India, a top consortium of research institutions from the US has evinced interest in collaborating with Indian universities. A delegation of Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which represents America’s top universities, visited India this week and met HRD minister Kapil Sibal to discuss areas of collaboration and institutional linkages.
3/30/2010

UI grad sets out on 11-month ‘world triathlon’

Charlie Wittmack knew, at age 15, that the trip he dreamed up sounded ridiculous. Swim the English Channel. Jump on a bike and ride from France to Nepal. Then climb Mount Everest. So he kept the dream – what he now calls the World Triathlon – to himself. But he started taking small steps toward his goal, despite false starts and failures. That, he would learn over the next 18 years, is how you reach great heights in the adventure called life.
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2/12/2010

Graduates eye overseas teaching

In a nearly jobless economy, William Boyd has found an alternative — leaving the economy behind and teaching English in Spain. The UI senior, who is majoring in Spanish and international studies, is one of a growing number of students planning to become educators abroad. “I don’t have any firmed-up plans for a job right out of school, and this is my opportunity to master the Spanish language,” he said.