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11/2/2017

Home, Study Abroad Blog Post

If you have heard Michael Buble’s Home, you will understand what this blog is about. These past couple weeks have been full of ups and downs. I am now just settling into a routine and trying to keep my living space clean. I go to campus every day except for Monday, which is when I do my laundry.
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11/1/2017

The continuing story of the giant inflatable duck

The city of Valparaíso has gone duck-crazy. A week before the arrival of our enormous yellow visitor I read the newspaper headlines and laughed, “The Worlds Largest Duck to Arrive in October.” My host mom Emma and her longtime friend and roommate Raul chuckled at the idea of the duck around the dinner table as we ceremoniously enjoyed our post-dinner snack, “once.”
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Students from 35 different institutions who are studying abroad in Beijing at the reception. Photo credit: Project Pengyou
10/30/2017

Descending from ‘the Veranda’

This month, I had the honor to attend a reception at the ambassador's residence, organized by the US-China Strong Foundation and Project Pengyou. The event was an opportunity to mingle with fellow students and educators who are living and studying abroad in China. Regarding Sino-Chinese relations, Ambassador Branstad has reiterated his commitment to his friendship with Chinese president Xi Jinping and the well-established connection between Iowa and Hebei.
10/30/2017

In the news: The legacy of the Soviet Revolution

One hundred years ago this October, the Red Army deposed Russia’s Provisional government and declared the world’s first socialist state. How did a revolution waged in the name of liberating workers and peasants from oppression and ending war produce one of the most oppressive regimes in modern history?
10/13/2017

Ewing Family Capitalizes on Study Abroad

Brenda and Joe Ewing of Iowa City raised their kids to be curious about the world. Discussions around the dinner table included current events and what they might mean for Iowa. Family vacations exposed them to great museums and unfamiliar cities, and some of the travel was international. When all five Ewing children attended the University of Iowa, they pursued majors suited to their individual goals and ambitions, but the common thread was that each one studied abroad, some more than once.
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10/12/2017

Russian Revolution explored on November 1 WorldCanvass

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. Guests on the November 1 WorldCanvass will help us understand Russia’s historical trajectory, the cultural and social fallout from the revolution and its aftermath, and its place in today’s geopolitical constellation. WorldCanvass will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on November 1 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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10/11/2017

IES internships provide students with professional experience in a foreign context

Destiny Foster says she’ll always remember leaving the study abroad office and calling her mom to tell her they were going to “need to sell some candy bars or something” because she was going to Spain over the summer. “There was something that told me I needed this experience,” she said. “It was a calling and I had to answer it. I’m so glad I did because here I am, months later, filling you in on my unforgettable journey abroad.”
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10/9/2017

Japanese culture festival to be held Nov. 3

Want to learn more about traditional Japanese culture? Join the University of Iowa Japanese Program for a fun-filled opportunity to experience Japanese culture on Friday, November 3, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.
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10/9/2017

WorldCanvass ReCap: Embracing Complexity

WorldCanvass started its ninth season by teaming up with Hancher and its Embracing Complexity project for a multi-layered program exploring the beauty of Islamic art and the diversity within Islamic cultures. Joan Kjaer and guests discussed the great diversity that exists within Islamic cultures and traditions, ancient and modern, near and far. They examined the many aesthetic, artistic, architectural, and other elements of Islamic expression that have made their way into the global consciousness and talked with a playwright who’s documenting the contemporary Muslim experience in Iowa. The show was closed out with a performance by musical group, Niyaz. They shared their musical vision, which is rooted in ancient poetry and Sufi mysticism, and their hopes to unite different peoples and traditions through a common humanity.
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10/9/2017

Adjustments and keeping your doors open

The first week abroad is filled with different emotions. Every person is going to feel different emotions at different times throughout the week. I remember reading an article about culture shock a week before I departed for Thessaloniki. I was surprised that it did not hit me right away! It took a while, but it did occur while in my first week of classes.
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10/3/2017

Bilingual readings with Fujino Kaori

Please join the UI Japanese Program for two evenings of bilingual readings with author Fujino Kaori! Fujino Kaori, winner of the Akutagawa Prize and 2017 International Writing Program participant, will read from two of her short stories in the original Japanese, and members of the Workshop in Japanese Literary Translation will read from their English translations. Both events are free and open to the public.
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10/3/2017

Commitment to Internationalization: Q&A with Madeleine Green

Madeleine Green is the third speaker in the Commitment to Internationalization lecture series. Her talk, "Are We There Yet?: The Long (and Winding) Road to Global Learning for All," will be on Thurday, November 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. This lecture continues the conversation about the UI's vision and strategic themes for campus internationalization.
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10/3/2017

Journalism, free press, and fake news the subject of October 18 WorldCanvass

News. Fake news. Disinformation. Fact-checking. Sourced news. Unverified sources. Social media incursions by foreign nations. Cleverly disguised mass propaganda that masquerades as a heartfelt message from a friend…….who knows what to believe anymore when even undeniably true facts are in dispute? This question is at the heart of the upcoming WorldCanvass discussion, when the topic is “Journalism and a Free Press in the Age of Fake News.” The live event takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. on October 18 at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, and is hosted for UI International Programs by Joan Kjaer. We invite you to come at 5 and join us for a pre-show catered reception!
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10/2/2017

Info session on summer internships in Dublin to be held Oct 25

Are you interested in learning about earning UI credit while spending eight weeks during the summer interning full-time in the field of your choice in Dublin? UI students are invited to attend an information session with IES Abroad, featuring guest speaker Stephen McMahon, faculty member at IES Internships.
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10/2/2017

Info session on summer internships in Barcelona to be held Oct 10

Are you interested in learning about earning UI credit while spending eight weeks during the summer interning full-time in the field of your choice in Barcelona? UI students are invited to attend an information session with IES Abroad, featuring guest speaker Dr. Cèsar Alegre Alsina, center director at IES Internships.
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10/2/2017

From my desk in Austria

Wow sometimes it’s hard to believe how quickly time passes. I feel as though I’ve only just arrived and yet I’m already a quarter of the way through my exchange semester! I do attribute some of this feeling to the fact that I have yet to begin my actual classes. The semester officially began this week, but my first class isn’t until next Monday.
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