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International research and engagement

I had the opportunity recently to attend two events that are exemplary of the ways in which International Programs works to connect our campus and community in Iowa to the globe. The first, a lecture by Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, a native of Ethiopia and distinguished professor at Purdue University, was exemplary of the connections between human rights issues and agricultural science. The other event—actually a full-blown conference, the Obermann Humanities Symposium (co-sponsored by International Programs)—highlighted a new breed of public scholar who champions engaged humanities research.

Group builds bridges with UI internationals

The English Corner, a part of Bridges International, is designed to change all that. The group sponsors a range of activities — everything from a tailgate to a New York City trip to Catch Phrase game nights — in an effort to help form connections between students hailing from different countries. “It is an opportunity for American students and international students to communicate in a casual setting to not only improve English proficiency but to build friendships,” said Stephen Wong, a third-year UI pharmacy student.

Palestinian sees path to peace

Of average height and build with salt-and-pepper hair, Jonathan Kuttab’s physical qualities may not have been too imposing, but his words quickly captivated his audience as he began his speech: “Can there ever be peace in Palestine?” And he answered with a emphatic “Yes.”

New UI professor was journalist in China during Tiananmen

Lisa Weaver’s third-floor office is still bare. She only began teaching journalism at the UI in August. She moved to Iowa City in June. Before that it was Pittsburgh. Yet even before that it was China, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Weaver spent most of her extensive journalism career in China, where she went in 1987. Now, she’s using that experience in her class on international journalism.

China's Growing Cage: The Legacy of Tiananmen

Whenever mentioning “1989”, people in the West instantly think about the protesting students in Tiananmen Square. In fact, although starting in Beijing and led by the students there, the democratic movement was a nation-wide event, drawing together people from all walks of life. Twenty years on, I remember vividly every detail of that day when I organized a demonstration among the workers from my Nanjing factory in support of the movement. It was Sunday, May 28, a week before the crackdown in Beijing.

UI Students to India for Winterim

For many UI students, winter break means home, family, and a reprieve from classes. For others, the month off means visiting a foreign country, more than 1 billion new faces, and three weeks of intensive, hands-on learning. Expanding its course offerings this year, the INdIA Winterim program provides students with the opportunity to study issues of social justice and entrepreneurship in a developing country.

Gotkowitz Awarded John E. Fagg Book Prize

UI Associate Professor of history Laura Gotkowitz was recently awarded the American Historical Association’s John E. Fagg prize for 2008 for her book, A Revolution for Our Rights: Indigenous Struggles for Land and Justice in Bolivia, 1880-1952.

Pharmacy Students: Summer in Mexico

Nine students from The University of Iowa ‘s College of Pharmacy were among 17 UI students who got to literally step into their subject matter and make a difference. Students learned how to partner with nonprofit organizations and local communities to address health care, social services, and environmental quality needs in less developed countries. After spending the semester planning service projects, the students traveled as part of a project team to Xicotepec, Mexico for a week in the spring of 2009.

National Myths

About a week ago, I attended an informal brown-bag lunch presentation by Professor Stephen Vlastos based on his research on post-war Japanese national myths. The presentation was the first in the fall roster of events offered by IP’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), led by Professor...


UI Brings Information to Developing Nations

A pile of hundreds of bubble-wrapped computers lurks in the UI Communications Center waiting to be shipped away. Destination: Africa. For the UI-based Widernet Project, established in 2000, delivering more than $500,000 worth of equipment is practically second to delivering accessible information.

Japanese teachers and students share educational experiences in Iowa

Every two years, a group of Japanese students from Joetsu University of Education spends several days visiting local attractions and offering an exchange of cultures at local elementary and secondary schools in eastern Iowa. The group also takes part in several events on the University of Iowa campus. The ten day Joetsu Exchange is facilitated by International Programs at the University of Iowa.

"Taping the World" lecture series begins with talk by Joanna Demers on September 15

Joanna Demers, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Southern California, will present a lecture titled “William Basinski, Tape Loops, and Mourning” as part of the International Programs series “Taping the World: The Global Legacy of a Neglected Technology.” The lecture takes place on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

Our inaugural issue!

Fall 2009

There is quite a bit of exciting news to share with you; and I hope you have a chance to read the pieces in this, our first online issue of International Accents!

The most exciting news in our first week of the fall semester is the large numbers of international...


Climate Change and Human Rights…and the Fierce Urgency of Now

The Adirondack Mountains of northeastern New York are for me and my family a promised land. Geologically related to Canada’s Laurentian Mountains, but a few miles south of the mighty St. Lawrence River and west of Lake Champlain, North America’s sixth “great lake”, they are especially beautiful in the autumn when vibrant gold, orange, and red sugar maples meet claret oak and yellow beech and birch on dark evergreen mountainsides to stitch tapestries that feed the soul. My family first staked its slice of this “forever wild” heaven in the late Nineteenth Century, and has enjoyed and sought to protect it ever since, generation after generation. I now enjoy and protect it with my children and grandchildren, and believe they will do the same with their children and grandchildren.

IP Students Travel to the Beijing Olympics

Emily Doolittle seriously considered not returning to Beijing when she completed her volunteer work at a “Good Luck Beijing” tennis tournament in October 2007. Fed up with the horrible venue food, Doolittle lived on peanut butter sandwiches through almost the entire 12-day trip. With limited...


International Programs’ “Fulbright DOUBLE”!

This summer, International Programs has experienced two Fulbright “firsts”– brought to us via International Programs’ International Student & Scholar Services. Below, reprinted from its web site with the permission of the Fulbright Association, is their report of our first Fulbright story:

International Programs Selected For Iraq Educational Initiative

In January, 2008, I traveled to Baghdad, together with representatives from 21 other Universities, at the invitation of Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki. The purpose of my trip was to explore further the role that the University of Iowa’s International Programs might play in the prime minister’s...


The Flood of 2008 And A Community of Givers

By Sarah Yu

For weeks, the flood’s devastation was sprawled across the headlines of countless newspapers, magazines, and television stations. People proudly displayed their “I survived the flood of ’08″ T-shirts to confirm their triumph over the natural disaster. However, as the news of...