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4/29/2011

Final ‘Film After Noir’ screening is May 5, featuring ‘Memento’

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) will screen its final film this Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB: Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan, 113 min.). Memento tells the story of Leonard Shelby, an ex-insurance agent who suffers from anterograde amnesia that makes him unable to form new memories. The condition began when he received a head injury while trying to fight off two men who raped and murdered his wife. On the telephone with an unknown caller, Leonard explains that he killed one of her attackers. In order to document facts while he searches for the second attacker, Shelby takes Polaroid photos, which he annotates for future reference. He also has tattoos facts of the case on his body. In sequences alternating between color and black & white, Shelby’s quest for justice discloses something darker. Nolan was nominated for a 2002 Oscar for his screenplay. Drawing on European art films such as Last Year at Marienbad (dir. Alain Resnais, 1961), Memento keeps you guessing while you try to put the pieces of Leonard’s story together.
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4/28/2011

Mexican police news is topic of Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture May 5

The second Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture will be presented by Pablo Piccato Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m. in the International Programs’ commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. His talk is titled “Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News.” This event is free and open to the public.
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4/27/2011

‘L.A. Confidential’ Screening is April 28 in ‘Film After Noir’ Series

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 28, with a screening of L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson, 134 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB. L.A. Confidential is an epic take on film after noir during an era in which big-budget feature films vie for audiences with “law and order” television series. Attention to visual and audio details evokes the postwar Los Angeles chronicled by James Ellroy in his L.A. Quartet.
4/26/2011

Summer Institute infuses global education into Iowa classrooms

Introducing global perspectives into their classrooms is a task that many Iowa K-12 teachers may soon have to face in order to meet Iowa Core Curriculum requirements for global literacy. That’s why the Stanley Foundation and International Programs are once again funding the Global Education Summer Institute for Teachers.
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4/25/2011

Final spring 2011 Baraza lecture examines eGranary Digital Library May 2

For most educators and students throughout the developing world, the Internet represents and expensive, unreliable, and oftentimes impossible method to access the existing treasure trove of on-line educational resources. Using off-line technologies to deliver Web information has the potential to be effective in many areas. Since 2002, the WiderNet Project, a service program in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, has been delivering off-line copies of Web sites to schools in the developing world via the eGranary Digital Library — “The Internet in a Box.” Through a process of mirroring web sites (with permission) and delivering them to partner institutions in developing countries, this digital library delivers instant access to a wide variety of educational resources including video, audio, books, journals, and Web sites over local area networks. With a built-in catalog and search engine, the eGranary appears to the end user to be just like the Internet, only many times faster. Amongst the 1,200 Web sites included in the eGranary are Wikipedia, MIT’s OpenCourseware, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the Gutenberg Project, and hundreds of open source journals.
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4/25/2011

Materialism and metaphysics in Walcott’s poetry is topic of April 29 lecture

Death and spirituality in the poetry of Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, will be discussed in an upcoming lecture at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, in 315 Phillips Hall. The talk is free and open to the public. George Handley will be speaking on “The Metaphysics of Nature in the Poetry of Derek Walcott.” He will focus on the clash between materialism and metaphysics in the natural world in Walcott’s recent poetry, as well as in some of his unpublished work.
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4/21/2011

UI Students to Show Film at Cannes Festival

What do a ukuleleist, a manager, and a Chihuahua have in common? All are characters in a short film by two University of Iowa graduate students that was recently selected to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
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4/20/2011

Experiences in South Africa, Chile and beyond prepare UI student for multicultural world

In one of his two trips to South Africa, Brian Buh ate a stew of cow intestines and liver to not be rude – despite being a vegetarian. While in Bolivia, he biked down Yungas Road, later named by the UN as the “world’s most dangerous road” because of its average yearly fatalities. He has been living in Chile since August, 2010, taking classes at the Universidad Nacional Andres Bello as part of the USAC program. In May he will graduate from the UI with degrees in Religious Studies, Political Science, and International Studies, as well as with a minor in Spanish.
4/20/2011

'Don'™t forget Sudan'™ during two UI events May 2 and 3

Two events collectively themed “Don’t Forget Sudan” on Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, hope to encourage public discussion and awareness of the current situation in Sudan regarding the referendum and the social and political climate. Both events are free and open to the public.
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4/20/2011

Middle Eastern Awareness Week celebrated at UI April 24-30

The Arab Students Association (ASA) will be hosting Middle Eastern Awareness Week from April 24th to April 30th, 2011. Throughout this week, ASA and other middle-eastern cultural organizations will be hosting a series of speakers and events, ending the week with ASA’s keynote event DANCE OF ARABIA 2011, the largest Middle Eastern event in the state of Iowa!
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4/18/2011

Islamic reform in former Aden and the Indian Ocean is topic of April 26 lecture

Scott Reese, a historian of Islamic Africa, will give a lecture Tuesday, April 26, on “Salafi Transformations: The British Colony of Aden (Yemen) and the changing voices of Islamic religious reform in the Indian Ocean.” His talk beings at 6 p.m. in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.
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4/18/2011

UI Panel Discussion Focuses on Middle East, North Africa April 21

The political and social climate of the Middle East and North Africa will be examined in “The Arab Spring: Interpreting the Current Events,” a panel discussion featuring a group of local experts, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the International Programs Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
4/17/2011

UI hopes to renew Cuba programs

Thousands of American college students have been effectively locked out of Cuba since 2004, when the Bush administration tightened restrictions on travel for academic, cultural and religious purposes. Cuba was then the third most popular study-abroad destination in Latin America (after Mexico and Costa Rica); 2,148 United States residents studied there in 2003-4. The number plunged 92 percent in just a year.
4/15/2011

May 6 WorldCanvass explores Italian art and culture

Host Joan Kjaer blends discussions of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art with live musical performances, all in an effort to illustrate and illuminate the complexities that make us distinct from one another while celebrating our common humanity. The live productions take...

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4/15/2011

Iowa Filmmakers Headed to Cannes

Joe Bookman and D. Jesse Damazo, two graduate students from the University of Iowa, were honored Thursday when the Cannes Film Festival announced their Official Selection for 2011. Bookman and Damazo’s film, The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit, was selected from more than 1500 entries to screen at this year’s Cinéfondation, the student film competition at Cannes.