University of Iowa

International Accents

E.g., Tuesday, April 7, 2020
E.g., Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Debates in International Education

Last spring, I gathered together University of Iowa faculty who are formally or informally affiliated with International Programs. The purpose of the gathering was to bring together a larger group of faculty who, because they are appointed in departments spread across campus, do not always have...


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.

Connecting Iowa, India, Microfinance

The University of Iowa’s Winterim Program in India started out in 2006 as a single course on “Microfinance” taught by two faculty from geography and international studies with 25 people. It’s grown to 11 different courses taught by 14 faculty from various disciplines across the UI campus with 121 people participating in 2009-10.

WorldCanvass Explores India on Feb 12

Imagine a wondrous place where ancient cultures, languages and traditions intermix with a 21st century economy and a people’s rising expectations. Imagine colors, sounds and smells that permeate the senses. Imagine India. Join Joan Kjaer and her guests for the next WorldCanvass at 5 p.m. on February 12, 2010, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

International, global, transnational, and similar terms…

We often hear talk of “internationalization” or “globalization.” What do these terms mean? Are they interchangeable?

“Internationalization” in its dictionary definition refers to bringing nations into relation with one another, whereas “globalization” means to make global, to go...


UI gaining international regard

One freshman from Hungary learned about the UI through his grandparents. A Chinese student heard about the campus through a friend. Another discovered it on the Internet. Some international students find the UI on their own, but university officials are hoping increased recruitment efforts abroad will help them.

UI Students Talk About Haiti

By Rob Daniel Iowa City Press-Citizen

Fabienne Bertrand said she remembers experiencing her first earthquake when she was 5 years old and living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

“I saw the television coming,” Bertrand told a group of students at Willowwind School on Monday afternoon. “...


Taping, changing the world

Many of us have little treasure chests lying around, and we barely notice them. They’re forgotten, lost, or just abandoned to the pile of material possessions accumulating in our closets and garages. These boxes contain camcorder-created home movies, ghostly recordings of loved ones now dead, audio vérité snapshots of living room scenes and obsessively crafted mix-tapes traded in the throes of courtship.

Haiti in History

In recent emails from colleagues, I have been reminded of the extraordinary history of Haiti and the many challenges the people of the country have faced long before the terrible earthquake that took so many lives last week and threatens to take more.

Sampling nation: Questioning copyright laws

by Sarah Larson

Can one person own a sound?

Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod ask that question in their new documentary, Copyright Criminals , which will première nationally tonight on “Independent Lens,” a PBS documentary series. The film will be shown on IPTV World at 8 a.m...


UI’s Response to Haitian Earthquake

International Programs is helping coordinate the University of Iowa’s response to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti Sunday. While the International Student & Scholar Services has contacted UI’s Haitian students and Caribbean student groups, other offices are helping to get out the...


"Taping the World" on January's WorldCanvass

Please join host Joan Kjaer for live music and engaging conversation on WorldCanvass® for January’s intriguing topic: “Taping the World.” The program will be recorded before a live audience on January 22, 2010, from 5-7 PM in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum and later broadcast over UITV and KRUI-FM.

Setting aright the UI Center for Human Rights

I was elated to see the 2009 University of Iowa International Day program include schools from the western Illinois area. The original idea of the International Day — as conceived by Paul Retish, then director of the International Education Office — was that it could benefit schools across Iowa and beyond.

Sending cuddly hope to Africa

For Emily Brink and thousands of children in Africa, happiness comes from two needles and some string. In two years of being involved with the Mother Bear Project, the UI freshman has donated more than 30 hand-knitted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.

WorldCanvass: African December

WorldCanvass received a few interesting things to broadcast for the holidays this year: a talking drum, internet in a box and a childrens’ book about HIV/AIDS. This can only mean one thing: a trip to Africa! The new International Programs public programming initiative explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape.

80 hours

Last weekend’s marathon was an example of the extraordinary international activity at the University. Sometimes, with so many things going on (not to mention classes and research and day-to-day business), it seems that campus events compete with each other for more-or-less the same audience,...