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1/17/2018

"Against Amnesia" topic of February 22 WorldCanvass

Guests on the February 22 WorldCanvass will explore the critical role of archives in our everyday lives and historical experience. Called “Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice,” the program is the first event in the Provost’s Global Forum-Obermann Humanities Symposium, the bulk of which will occur on March 1-3. Panelists will open the virtual doors of archival cabinets and share some of Iowa’s and our nation’s most intriguing stories and little-known history—much of which might be lost if not for the thoughtful care and preservation undertaken by unsung heroes, sometimes at great personal risk. WorldCanvass will take place from 5:30-7 p.m., February 22, at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. The program is free and open to the public. Please come early for a pre-show catered reception from 5-5:30 p.m.
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1/12/2018

You Are Welcome Here

Over 4,300 international students from 114 foreign countries call the University of Iowa and the Iowa City area their home. UI students, faculty, and Iowa City residents want you to know, #YouAreWelcomeHere.
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12/27/2017

Upcoming Stanley workshop to be held Jan. 24

International Programs will host their final essay workshop regarding the Stanley Awards for International Research on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, in room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre. The Stanley Undergraduate and Graduate Awards for International Research are given annually to outstanding University of Iowa students for the pursuit of learning activities in international studies and international research/fieldwork. Undergraduates interested in international studies are especially encouraged to attend. This year’s application deadline is February 5, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.
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12/20/2017

Remembering Mary Jo Stanley, friend of International Programs

Mary Jo Stanley passed away on December 14, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on January 6, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine. Mary Jo and her husband Dick, who passed away on November 17, 2017, were generous supporters of Hancher Auditorium, the UI College of Engineering, International Programs, and the UI Museum of Art. The Stanley Café at Hancher Auditorium was named in their honor to recognize their giving.
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12/18/2017

WorldCanvass ReCap: Art and the Afterlife

Contemporary African artist Eric Adjetey Anang, internationally renowned for the Ghanaian ‘fantasy coffins’ he and generations before him have created, spent the fall 2017 semester as artist-in-residence at the UI Museum of Art. He joined UI faculty and African art scholars on the December 7 WorldCanvass in a program called “Art & the Afterlife.”
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12/6/2017

In the news: 'Fantasy coffins' on display as part of art and the afterlife at UI Museum of Art

Now through Dec. 10 at the Black Box Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union, you’ll find an exhibition of six large, painted, wooden objects: an airplane, honeybee, corncob, red chili pepper and an Oxford-style dress shoe. Another represents a water spirit known as Mami Wata. Nothing immediately apparent unites them. Yes, two have wings and two are vegetables, and the airplane and dress shoe might suggest some economic privileges. The display of the corncob, however, makes it clear that these are coffins, or “fantasy coffins,” according to the exhibition headline, created by artist Eric Adjetey Anang.
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12/6/2017

Remembering Dick Stanley, friend of International Programs

Richard “Dick” Stanley passed away on November 17, 2017. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, at the First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine. Dick was a great friend of International Programs, and an unwavering supporter of international education and global understanding. He supported international education because he firmly believed that knowing more about the world and its myriad peoples and cultures provides a strong foundation for peace and justice. He demonstrated this belief in his career as an engineer, through his leadership roles in the Stanley Foundation and in other organizations, and in his life. Dick was an early proponent of internationalization at the University of Iowa.
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A taste of China's park culture (notice the elderly, children, and badminton players in the background).
11/28/2017

To each their own

Peking University is ranked, along with Tsinghua University, among China’s premier institutions for higher education. The rigorous college entrance exam is the determining factor for students aspiring to enter the school’s rigorous academic environment. With that said, the Chinese education system is vastly different from American and Western education apparatuses. I am not fully matriculated at Peking University. Instead, I am enrolled in the School of Foreign Languages, which educates numerous international students that arrive in Beijing with varying language proficiencies.
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11/27/2017

Chilean sea wolves?

What we English speakers call sea lions Spanish speakers call lobos marinos. Lobo means wolf. For the last couple of days I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to rationalize this in my sunburnt head. When they first saw those chubby mustachioed sea beasts, how did they settle on wolf? In all fairness they don’t really look like lions either. If it were up to me I’d officially change their name to sea bears, or better yet sea puppy dogs.
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11/21/2017

WorldCanvass ReCap: The Russian Revolution 100 Years On

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the Russian revolution. That tumultuous century saw Russia reject the Romanov dynasty which had ruled for over three hundred years and embrace a new ideology whose leader, Vladimir Lenin, would become the head of the world’s first communist state. The world watched as the Soviet Union re-created a Russian-dominated empire, lost millions of lives to purges and terror, withstood the onslaught of Nazi Germany, faced off against the West during the Cold War, then dissolved, with Russia re-emerging under Vladimir Putin as a central player in global power politics.
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11/20/2017

December 7 WorldCanvass discusses ‘fantasy coffins’ as funerary objects and high art

Contemporary African artist Eric Adjetey Anang, internationally renowned for the Ghanaian ‘fantasy coffins’ he and generations before him have created, has spent the fall 2017 semester as artist-in-residence at the UI Museum of Art. He will join UI faculty and African art scholars on the December 7 WorldCanvass in a program called “Art & the Afterlife.” WorldCanvass will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. The program is free and open to the public. Please come early for a pre-show catered reception from 5-5:30 p.m.
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