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Continuing need to teach about human rights

Organizers for the “One Community, One Book” program have announced their selection of the book they hope all Johnson County residents will read in 2010: “Gardens of Water” by Alan Drew. The novel tells the story of a devout Muslim family and an American Christian family in Turkey during and after a massive earthquake near Istanbul.

Helen Jameson's "Be Remarkable" profile by Lois Gray

UI staff member Helen Jameson uses her experiences from dealing with her dyslexia to help others find their creative paths to success. Jameson remembers reading aloud in third grade, struggling to make sense of a jumble of letters that were scrambled before her eyes. In 1968, Jameson was diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability that manifests itself as a difficulty with reading decoding, reading comprehension, and/or reading fluency. Since this was before the time of accommodations, Jameson and her parents simply chose to have her repeat the third grade.

Burns Weston’s “Be Remarkable” profile by Ashton Shurson

This longtime UI law faculty member’s passion for human rights has resulted in humanitarian efforts close to home and across the globe. In his almost 45 years at The University of Iowa, Burns Weston has significantly shaped the way the University promotes international studies and global human rights—and at 76 years old, he has no plans of stopping. “I love it too much, what I do,” he says. “Why quit?”

UI alumna named to USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team

By Lois Gray

USA TODAY has named University of Iowa 2010 graduate Alexandra Keenan to its annual All-USA College Academic Team, honoring her for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership.

All-USA College Academic Team receive national recognition, a trophy and $2,500....


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.

Startalk Grant Brings Intensive Chinese Courses to Iowa

The University of Iowa Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature has been awarded a $100,000 Startalk grant that has enabled intensive Chinese language courses for Iowa junior high and high school students this July.

This grant is a part of the National Security Language...


Cultural Diplomacy

“21st century diplomacy takes more than government to government interaction — it also requires substantial people to people contact in which we try as directly as possible to reach people through governments, around governments, and under governments in every way possible.” — Hilary Clinton

Memories of Iowa City – a poem by Mansi

When Mansi Bhatia left The University of Iowa in 2004 after finishing a two-year Master of Arts in journalism, she took with her more than a degree and a black and gold t-shirt. Bhatia took with her the memories of a quiet place that broadened her horizons and gave her a new family of friends...


First Lady urges students to study abroad

First Lady Michelle Obama urged graduates of George Washington University last weekend to go global. The Class of 2010 had just successfully met her challenge to them to dedicate 100,000 hours to service in the greater Washington, DC community. She challenged the graduates to take their...


UI Student Project Features Haiti Recovery Village May 6, 7

University of Iowa students will share an exhibit ‘Haiti Recovery Village’ from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Hubbard Park in Iowa City. The exhibit is a result of a UI course titled “Haiti, The Evolution of Disaster.”

Ten UI students and...


Chinese grad student makes documentary about the so-called American dream

When China native Xin Feng told her mother she wanted to study abroad, her mother suggested America. Her mother said Feng should see the superpower. Feng disagreed, but her mother insisted. “She told me that when she was in college, she asked her professor what America was like, and he said, ‘Imagine the best world you can imagine, and America is even better than that,’" she said.

UI forum to examine Bolivian constitutional reform process

The University of Iowa will host an international symposium on Bolivia’s historic Constituent Assembly of 2006-07. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2.

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.

WorldCanvass with Middle Eastern focus May 7

Joan Kjaer will host a WorldCanvass program featuring the Middle East before a live audience from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Scholar to give lectures about Chinese, Indian economy, April 29, 30

Matthew C. J. Rudolph, visiting assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Government Department, will give two lectures about Asia. Both lectures are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The first lecture, “Speaking In Many Voices: How India’s ‘...


Lecture examines the impact of N égritude writer Aimé Césaire

Françoise Naudillon, professor and author, will present a lecture titled “The Invention of a People: Aimé Césaire Between Politics and Poetry” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Room 315 of Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Naudillon, a specialist in French literature, is a...


Creative Writing: From Valparaiso to Iowa City

Five years ago in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa we began teaching creative writing…in Spanish, of course. It was an initiative that we started with one section and a handful of pioneer students who aspired to write fiction in a language that was not their native one. Writing fiction in a language you are studying is far from easy, but it allows you to improve your knowledge in a different way: namely, by narrating out of your own imagination, finding new words and structures that you need to express something locked in your mind and heart. The result was frankly impressive. All of a sudden there were waiting lists to get in. The interest was far greater than we had anticipated. Today we are three professors and writers in the Department—Ana Merino, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, and myself—teaching fiction and poetry, and we harbor ambitious plans for the future.