International Accents

E.g., Sunday, February 18, 2018
E.g., Sunday, February 18, 2018
University of Iowa volcanologist Ingrid Ukstins spent two weeks collecting samples from Yasur, a continuously erupting volcano on Tanna, an island in the remote South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, to study its chemical composition and determine how the
Ingrid Ukstins aims to better understand how volcanoes function

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The City of Literature will celebrate Japanese literature this week in a series of events.

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Dr. Mehdi Semati; Associate Professor of Communication at Eastern Illinois University, talks about marginalization of minorities and how it shapes the identity of individuals during the talk on "Muslim Immigrant" in an International Perspective discussion
A combined lecture and roundtable event on Monday evening focused on immigration

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Paul Anderson demonstrates different cook stoves at the Provost's Global Forum on Wednesday April 12, 2017. The forum runs through Friday. This year's theme is Women's Health & the Environment: Up in Smoke. (The Daily Iowan/Nick Rohlman)
The University of Iowa held the 2017 Provost’s Global Forum on Women’s Health and the Environment: Going Up in Smoke this past weekend.

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Mandy Gavin, University of Iowa undergraduate engineering student, studied abroad in Hong Kong during the summer of 2015. She applied for and received several scholarships, including a Global Engineering Scholarship and a Center for Asian and Pacific Studies Study Abroad in Asia Scholarship. Gavin also used the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant to help fund her study abroad experience. Last summer, Gavin worked as a continuous improvement intern at PMX Industries. For this summer, she has secured an internship with Alliant. While interviewing for the Alliant internship position, Gavin feels her study abroad experience helped her stand out, calling it a ‘gold star’ in the eyes of her employers.

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Meena Khandelwal
The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) and UI International Programs have named Associate Professor Meena Khandelwal the inaugural recipient of the International Engagement Teaching Award. The jointly sponsored award recognizes CLAS faculty members who excel in incorporating internationalism into their classroom or studio teaching. Khandelwal is on the faculty of the Departments of Anthropology and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies.

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H. S. Udaykumar, Mechanical Engineering
When we drive home today and fire up our gas stoves and microwaves, let’s pause a moment to think of a billion women in the developing world sitting in front of their stoves, cooking meals for their families.

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Matias Perret (second from left), lecturer in the University of Iowa Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, assists UI engineering seniors Wenbo Wang and Samuel Fox while teaching assistant Brennen Wears observes. They are working with Hong
Program emphasizes international collaboration, broadening students’ perspectives

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According to the United Nations and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, about 2.7 billion people around the world cook their food on a cookstove or open fire by burning some form of biomass, such as wood. The World Health Organization estimates that the
Speakers to discuss health and environmental effects of wood-burning cookstoves

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Grass-cutting: "champions of the chupa-chupa"
If you think about it, every single action you know how to do…you used to have no idea how to do it. Getting gas in your car, registering for classes, writing an essay, all these things used to make you squirm with discomfort. But too bad - sometimes you just need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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Photos by Andy Goodell  UI College of Education Dean Dan Clay, UI President Bruce Harreld, Kosovo Minister of Education Science and Technology Arsim Bajrami and University of Pristina President Marjan Dema sign a memorandum of understanding April 5, 2017.
New linkage creates opportunities for sharing expertise

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I can never take my eyes off the sunsets here. I may have some vision problems by the end of this semester.
My week begins with class in the afternoon after lunch. Unlike Iowa we have blocks of time for class every day: 8-11am for the morning block and 1-4pm for the afternoon. What more could a science major from the University of Iowa ask for than a late Monday class and no classes on Friday? It is one of the many gifts of this abroad experience. When I’m not in school my free time is completely filled with other activities.

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Ramsey Ali, a Ph.D. in the University of Iowa Counseling and Psychology Program delivers lecture
The UI Muslim Student Association continued its Islam Awareness week with a “Facts versus Fears” lecture in the IMU on Wednesday evening.

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A Half-Century of Japanese Writers in Iowa: Writing and Translating at the International Writing Program, 1967-2017

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Jessica Pouchet
UI International Programs and the African Studies Program invite you to attend an upcoming event titled "Conservation and Conversation: Ethnographic Research in a Biodiversity Hotspot in Tanzania." Featuring guest speaker Jessica Pouchet from Northwestern University, this event will take place on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 11 a.m. -12:15 p.m. in 60 Schaeffer Hall. 

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The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, in cooperation with the Institute of International Education, are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program application cycle. Since 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research and serve as English teaching assistants abroad in order to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards over 1,900 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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Photo of Carli Brucker
Undergraduate engineering student Carli Brucker studied abroad in Hong Kong during the summer of 2015. To help fund her study abroad experience, Brucker used the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant. She also applied for and received a Global Engineering Scholarship. Brucker pursued a second academic experience abroad through the course International Perspectives:  Xicotepec. The course involved a service-learning experience over Spring Break in Xicotepec, Mexico.

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Life’s most special moments often imprint in our memories like Chinese calligraphy ink on rice paper. The past few days, much ink flowed as I re-discovered memories of the past at Tianjin University of Technology (TUT), the place I spent the summer of my twentieth birthday. In 2015, I was one of seven University of Iowa (UI) students who were hosted in TUT for two months as part of a ten-year language exchange program.

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ESG Lecture
The European Studies Group will present a guest lecture by Yasemin Mohammad, an assistant professor in the UI Department of German, on "Confronting Transnational Histories Violence, Protests, and Migration in Aras Ören’s Unexpected Visitor" at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14 in 315 Phillips Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Not your ordinary international experience
The Study Abroad Office, Peace Corps, the School of International Training (SIT), and International Fellowships will hold an upcoming informational session "Not Your Ordinary International Experience." This event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in 1117 University Capitol Centre. 

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Chorreader
My free time looks a bit different than that of a student studying abroad. For my student teaching semester, I teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in an elementary school Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. - noon. Moreover, my social circle includes my host family and the teachers with whom I work. Thankfully, I have been blessed enough to make some great friends with various other teachers my first two weeks of teaching and have already had many adventures as a result.

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Karen Wachsmuth
The Fulbright Lunch & Learn seminar series continues with "Why the Japanese School Year Begins During Cherry Blossom Season: A Glimpse into 21st-Century Japanese Education," featuring guest speaker Karen Wachsmuth, associate director, International Fellowships, International Programs. This event will take place Friday, April 7, from 12:15-1:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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Public tears and secrets of the heart
The European Studies Group will present a guest lecture by Professor L. Elena Delgado of Grinnell College on "Public Tears and Secret of the Heart: Populism, Secessionism, and the Question of Democratic Excess" at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7 in 315 Phillips Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Overall, undergraduate international applications at the UI are experiencing a dip because of a multitude of potential factors.

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WorldCanvass Ad
Cooking with firewood and other biofuels is one of the most urgent problems in the world today. It affects the health and wellbeing of those inhaling the fumes at close range, relies on increasingly scarce sources of firewood, and contributes over 20% of global black carbon emissions. The harm to individuals and the environment cannot be denied, and yet there’s little awareness of the issue among the general public. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and a panel of experts drawn from multiple fields including engineering, urban and regional planning, public health, anthropology, and geography will discuss the use of traditional wood-burning cookstoves and the complex social and cultural underpinnings of the practice on the April 12 WorldCanvass, a highlight of the UI’s yearly Provost’s Global Forum. The public is invited to attend the April 12 discussion at the Voxman Music Building Recital Hall from 7:30-9:30 p.m. There will be a pre-show catered reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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