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E.g., Thursday, December 13, 2018
2/21/2018

In the news: Iowa universities achieve elite status in Fulbright program

The UI’s 16 Fulbright students rank it No. 15th nationally among research universities — its highest ever placement, tying it with Stanford and Columbia universities, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s new rankings released this week. It demonstrates marked and continued improvement over its placement at No. 30 last year and No. 117 five years ago.
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2/13/2018

Archives as a Space for Social Justice Is Focus of Provost's Global Forum/Obermann Humanities Symposium

“Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice,” this year’s Provost’s Global Forum/Obermann Humanities Symposium, upends any notion of moldering archives. From March 1–3, 2018, scholars, artists, activists, and archivists from diverse disciplines will share research and personal stories about the ways they have used archival material—corporate records, legal affidavits, newspaper clippings, genetic material, climate change data, and our own personal technology—to reinterpret the past, demand justice, and inspire change.
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2/12/2018

Iowa String Quartet Residency begins with live performance from Elias Quartet

One of the many things I loved about having a career in a professional quartet was the chance to travel. Playing music afforded me the opportunity to meet so many people across the country and the globe and it became a powerful way to share ideas and learn. Through all these adventures, I had a particularly thought-provoking experience many years ago that has stayed with me. I was teaching with my Maia Quartet colleagues at the Great Wall International Music Academy outside of Beijing. This was my first trip to China, and I had the privilege of working with many talented young musicians. Communication required some imagination, as my students spoke only a few words in English and I only knew how to count to four in Mandarin. Our instruments became our means for exchanging ideas.
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9000 miles away and still proud to be a Hawkeye!
2/7/2018

The beginning of my day in a whole new world

The sun rises around 5 a.m and the 72 roosters in the neighborhood begin their gossip. The taxi drivers fight the rooster crows with the habitual honking of their horns, and the neighborhood dogs bark in whatever little slips of silence are left. The mornings are bright, hot, and loud. Welcome to Cato Manor, my home away from home in Durban, South Africa.
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2/7/2018

Andrew Broderick reflects on his study abroad experience in Australia

Andrew Broderick (B.S. human physiology ’16) studied abroad in Newcastle, Australia, as an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa. Now in the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Iowa, Broderick took a break from his studies to share information about his study abroad experience, as well as advice for current UI students considering study abroad.
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1/30/2018

Elias String Quartet in live performance and conversation on WorldCanvass

On Thursday, March 1, from 5:30-7 p.m., the internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet will take WorldCanvass inside the process of music-making. In a performance-filled program called Translating Music, members of the quartet and Elizabeth Oakes, director of the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program in the School of Music, will discuss what it takes to bring a piece to life by focusing on two themes—nationality in music and storytelling through music. WorldCanvass takes place at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, and 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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1/21/2018

UI Alumna Elle Wignall reflects on her study abroad experience in Ireland

Elle Wignall (B.A. English ’13) studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, as an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa. After graduation, she returned to Ireland for a nanny position in Cork, Ireland, before returning to Iowa to work as a business communications consultant at Wells Fargo in Des Moines. Below, Wignall reflects on the importance of studying abroad and the long-lasting impact it has had on her life and career.
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1/18/2018

Meet our 2018 Spring Study Abroad Bloggers!

We're excited to announce our Study Abroad Bloggers for the spring 2018 semester! These unique individuals were selected from a competitive pool of writers to tell the story of their destination and represent the voice of University of Iowa students while abroad. Throughout the semester, these students will share their experiences through writing and photography to be published weekly here on International Accents.
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1/18/2018

U.S. State Department Diplomat to Visit on Jan. 29

The Pomerantz Center will host U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest Melissa Martinez on Monday, January 29. Martinez will host visiting hours from 3-5 p.m. in room C330 in the Pomerantz Center, where she will be available to meet informally with students and alumni interested in State Department opportunities. Martinez will also give a presentation from 7-8 p.m. in room W207 in the Pappajohn Business Building.
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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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