University of Iowa

International Accents

E.g., Tuesday, March 31, 2020
E.g., Tuesday, March 31, 2020

World Languages

As I see the many new international faces on campus this fall, I am also hearing many languages–on the bus and on the streets, in the hallways, and in the Old Capital Centre where our offices are located and where many students hang out eating lunch or studying in between classes. It occurs to me that these many languages of Iowa City (who would have thought?) drive home the fact that our monolingualism in the U.S. is the exception rather than the rule. I suspect that the increasing numbers of international students at the University of Iowa are conveying this important fact to all of our students, particularly those from the Midwest who have not ventured far from home.

UI Takes Role in Iraq's Future – Editorial

Seven years after U.S. troops were deployed to unseat then-President Saddam Hussein, military operations in Iraq have ended. But rebuilding the Middle East democracy — isolated and ruled by a brutal dictator then wracked by years of conflict and insurgency — has only begun.

"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.

UI Students Among Group of Iraqi Pioneers in U.S.

Doctoral students Khalid Algharrawi (right) and Adnan Abdulwahid (left) both from Baghdad, Iraq walk across the UI campus Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 in Iowa City. The two men are among five doctoral students that came to the UI as part of the Iraqi Education Initiative. The five are on conditional-admittance as UI doctoral students pending completion of English-as-a-second-language training before starting academic studies.

IWP Egyptian Writer to Present "Images of the Muslim World" Sept. 21

Ghada Abdel Aal, an International Writing Program resident from Egypt, will be featured on “Images of the Muslim World,” Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

Abdel Aal will discuss Egypt and her...


UI Outreach Program Brings Japanese Native to Share Culture With Community

A new Japanese outreach program coordinated by University of Iowa International Programs aims to build understanding and knowledge of Japanese culture and language. The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) is a program supported by the Laurasian Institution and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, which funds the position of a Japanese cultural ambassador for two years. Yume Hidaka, a Kagoshima native, serves in that role and is available to give programs and presentations on Japanese culture on the UI campus and in communities across Iowa now through July of 2012.

The Myth of McDonaldization – Sept. 13

What: The Myth of McDonaldization: Globalization and Culture Change in a Japanese Community When: Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. Where: 302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus Presenter: Keith Brown, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh Introduction to the presentation: Globalization...


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.

UI Welcomes Iraqi Students

The number of international students on campus this fall is at a record high thanks to IP’s recruitment efforts. Around 800 new international students are enrolled at the UI, making the total international student population roughly 2,800. That’s almost 9 percent of all students on campus.

In short, place is everything

Stephen G. Bloom is a professor in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He will be one of the guests on the WorldCanvass® program “Documenting Humanity: A Sense of Place,” Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.

Old Capitol Museum exhibit to be featured on WorldCanvass

“Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest,” is a new exhibition offering a historical look at the University of Iowa during some of the nation’s troubled and changing years, 1965 – 1975. But it’s a lot more than just an exhibit, featuring the creation of a psychedelic mural, the recreation of a UI dorm room from the 1968-69 academic year, a film series with discussion panels and a children’s screen-printing workshop.

Welcome to the New Academic Year

On behalf of International Programs, allow me to welcome you to the 2010-2011 academic year after what I hope were refreshing and productive summer months. I very much look forward to working with you to support the international research, teaching, and external engagement that you undertake through IP’s centers and programs, international exchanges, linkage proposals, and the new ways you find to pursue academic innovations across collegiate borders.