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E.g., Thursday, December 13, 2018
E.g., Thursday, December 13, 2018
boren award information session
11/6/2018

Boren information session to be held Nov. 13

International Programs will host a Boren Awards information session on Tuesday, November 13, from 3:30-5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Learn about award requirements, the application process, and have your questions answered by Boren representative Jeff Cary and campus advisor Karen Wachsmuth.
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10/25/2018

Making Denmark your classroom

I suppose for me to write about my academics, I should first explain how they’re set up for the semester. I attend a CIEE Global institute, which means my classes are divided up into 6-week blocks, every six weeks, students have the opportunity to travel to a new country or stay where they’re at.
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10/23/2018

WorldCanvass ReCap: The Politics and Impact of Immigration

WorldCanvass began its tenth season of internationally focused discussions on October 9 with “The Politics and Impact of Immigration.” Arguments over reasonable and desirable immigration legislation and the control of U.S. borders have long vexed the political class, policy makers, and the American public, but they’ve become extraordinarily polarizing under the heightened rhetoric of recent years. WorldCanvass guests joined host Joan Kjaer to explore, from diverse and often divergent points of view, the complexities that make the immigration discussion so nuanced and difficult.
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10/16/2018

In the news: 116 flags raised for international students at a time when the population’s enrollment is on a decline

Bridging Our World is a display of 116 flags at the IMU to signify the role of international students on campus. This comes at a time when international student enrollment at the UI is declining.
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10/12/2018

Lecture examines resistance during the Spanish Civil War Nov. 2

The Departments of Anthropology and Spanish and Portuguese, and the European Studies Group will present a lecture by Dr. Rui Gomes Coelho titled "An Old Woman Gave Us Shelter: Resistance and Hospitality in the Galician-Portuguese Border." This talk will take place on Friday, November 2, at 2:30-4 in 27 Macbride Hall.
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10/12/2018

Iowa/India educational connections explored on November 13 WorldCanvass

WorldCanvass will celebrate International Education Week* with a program on “Educational Cross-fertilization: the Iowa/India Connection.” The program will feature UI President Bruce Harreld’s presentation of the 2018 International Impact Award to Rajat Jay Sehgal and the Sehgal Foundation for their leadership in support of community-based development activities, educational access, and the empowerment of women, particularly in rural India. Sehgal will also be recognized for the foundation’s multi-year partnership with the University of Iowa’s award-winning India Winterim program. Joining the discussion about the Iowa/India educational connection are Craig Just, Marian Muste, and Allen Bradley from the College of Engineering, Stephanie Gilbertson-White from the College of Nursing, Vijay Kamalumpundi from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas. WorldCanvass begins at 5:30 on November 13 at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, with a pre-show reception from 5-5:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
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10/11/2018

In the news: University of Iowa considers study abroad fee--$30 charge for all undergraduates could generate $770,000 for scholarships

The University of Iowa is weighing an idea to charge all undergraduates an extra $30 a year to encourage more of them to study abroad. The fee, if ultimately approved by UI leadership and the Board of Regents, would generate about $770,000 a year. That would boost study abroad support about 66 percent, according to Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs. “Unlike any other fee, 100 percent of the revenue would go back to students in the form of scholarships,” he told faculty leaders this week in presenting the idea.
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10/11/2018

In the news: Flag display to recognize important role of international students on campus

Nearly 120 flags will drape the pedestrian bridge behind the Iowa Memorial Union to recognize the University of Iowa’s international students and their significant role in the life of the university. The bridge over the Iowa River will be the focus of Bridging Our World, a five-day display featuring the flags of the 116 countries represented by international students attending the UI during the fall 2018 semester. “Bridging Our World colorfully symbolizes the university’s longstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion, and creating a welcoming campus environment for our international students,” says J. Bruce Harreld, University of Iowa president.
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10/9/2018

Profile: Dr. Hyaeweol Choi, Stanley Family and Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies

Dr. Hyaeweol Choi describes her academic journey as “rather peculiar and unconventional.”While pursuing her undergraduate degree in Korea in the 1980s, Hyaeweol was deeply engaged in intellectual political movements that advocated Korean scholars developing indigenous ways of knowing and creating a deeper understanding of their own history, society, and culture instead of constantly relying on Euro-American theories and methods. With that background, she was resistant to the idea of going to the U.S. for her advanced studies. However, after being accepted to and receiving a scholarship to SUNY-Buffalo, she decided to take a chance and move to the U.S. When she told her colleagues of her decision, many of them were shocked, some even actively opposed the idea. Still, she decided to take the plunge and now looks back fondly at that decision.
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10/4/2018

'The Politics and Impact of Immigration' opens WorldCanvass season

WorldCanvass begins its tenth season of internationally focused discussions on October 9 with “The Politics and Impact of Immigration.” Arguments over reasonable and desirable immigration legislation and the control of U.S. borders have long vexed the political class, policy makers, and the American public, but they’ve become extraordinarily polarizing under the heightened rhetoric of recent years. WorldCanvass will explore, from diverse and often divergent points of view, the complexities that make the immigration discussion so nuanced and difficult. We’ll also hear stories of recent immigrants who’ve chosen to bring their skills, talents, and energies to their new home, Iowa. Joan Kjaer hosts the program, which takes place in downtown Iowa City at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, and is free and open to the public. We invite you to come at 5 and join us for a pre-show catered reception.
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10/4/2018

UI graduate Abby Restko's study abroad experience helped her become successful business owner

A study abroad experience in Venice, Italy, introduced Abby Restko (BBA marketing ’05) to the beauty of Italian glass jewelry—an experience so profound that she switched her major from accounting to marketing and launched Glassando, a jewelry store featuring Murano glass jewelry, just months after receiving her degree. Thirteen years later, Glassando is a thriving business. Read on to learn more about Restko’s time in Italy and how it impacted her life—both personally and professionally.
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10/2/2018

Bilingual reading with Takiguchi Yūshō

Join the UI Japanese Program for two evenings (October 15 & 16) of bilingual readings with author Takiguchi Yūshō. Takiguchi Yūshō, winner of the Akutagawa Prize and 2018 International Writing Program participant, will read selections from two of his works in the original Japanese, and members of the Workshop in Japanese Literary Translation will read their English translations. Both events are free and open to the public.
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