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11/14/2010

UI international undergraduate enrollment surges, study abroad continues to grow

International student enrollment at the University of Iowa is growing faster than national trends, especially among undergraduates, and the percentage of UI students studying abroad continues to climb. This is according to data released today by the UI International Student & Scholar Services and the UI Office for Study Abroad in conjunction with the Open Doors Report.
11/14/2010

UI hosts panel on Islamophobia tonight

The UI will present “Intolerance and the First Amendment: Islamophobia,” a discussion of Islamophobia, human rights, and religious freedom, at 7 p.m. today in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium. The discussion will include conversations on stereotypes, misunderstandings, and fears that contribute to the rise of Islamophobia and intolerance toward the Islamic community. Panelists will present their views on policy decisions and bans concerning Islam and specific forms of religious expression.
11/12/2010

Double Feature Nov. 18 for ‘Slavery in Global Cinema’

The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will feature two films Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public. This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.
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11/12/2010

Get involved in groups supporting citizen diplomacy

International Education Week gives us a chance to reflect on the importance for all of us to understand world conditions and global processes but also of making connections to people who are different from ourselves, who may or may not share our views, but who may learn from us and from whom we can also learn.
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11/11/2010

fyi – Karen Wachsmuth

For Karen Wachsmuth, finding a sense of place in a world bigger than herself was a journey best exemplified by The Odyssey, an epic Greek tale of someone finding his or her way back home. The University of Iowa International Programs outreach coordinator, who was born in New York City, found a place she called home through traveling. “Traveling makes me appreciate home more, and I think that’s what home is all about: how much more that place means to you,” she says. “I love to travel but I know where my center is.”
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11/9/2010

Spotlight Iowa City: UI law student interned at World Bank

The hardest thing Rachel Nathanson had to do during her internship last summer was not do hands-on work. Sitting in the World Bank building, interning with the World Bank Inspection Panel, Nathanson did some desk research with internal bank documents, but the “doer” felt conflicted and stifled. A first-year law student, she said, she prefers to be “out in the field.” Nathanson went to Washington, D.C., on a Harry S. Truman scholarship — 60 such scholarships are available nationwide — over this past summer after completing undergraduate degrees in economics and geography at the University of Iowa. She also earned a minor in Spanish.
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11/5/2010

Peace Corps Celebrates 50th Anniversary

On Oct. 14, 1960, in a presidential campaign speech, Senator John F. Kennedy first challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His words inspired a new organization that has now provided over 200,000 American volunteers to countries in need. Fifty years later, the Peace Corps is still going strong.
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11/4/2010

Harvesting Dignity in Midwestern Fields and Factories: Nov. 13

In the wake of several highly publicized instances of labor violations in the Midwest, an upcoming conference at the University of Iowa will bring together labor leaders, immigrant rights advocates, community service providers and educators to discuss gaps between immigrant workers’ fundamental...

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11/3/2010

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

As a strong global leader, the United States needs to step up and defend the rights of women. The U.S. has not taken a global stance on equality for men and women because it has yet to ratify CEDAW – the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
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11/3/2010

UI engineering seniors will help build bridge in Nicaragua

Last year, the small Zambian village of Libuyu needed a bridge in order to access the only school in the area without having to walk several miles around a dangerous river. But they didn’t have the resources. And when a group of students from the University of Washington backed out at the last minute, five engineering students from the University of Iowa stepped in. This Thanksgiving, the same five students are going to Nicaragua to help another village.
11/3/2010

Meet the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants

Ezgi, Rajiv, Ari and Asma—these four young individuals came from different corners of the world to The University of Iowa as Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) to spread cultural awareness of their unique backgrounds and teach their natives languages of Turkish, Hindi, Indonesian and Arabic.
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11/3/2010

“The Figure of Griot in Ousmane Sembene’s Cinema” Nov. 8

My presentation proposes to analyze the figures of griot in Ousmane Sembène’s Films. The central point of my talk is that the griot should be contextualized as a historical figure that interprets memory and influences the perception of the past rather than as a mere literary and cinematic device. Current scholarship on Sembène privileges the Western interpretation of the griot, that is, the narrative aspect–the storyteller–over the more nuanced position the griot traditionally holds in West African societies.
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11/1/2010

"Gardens of Water" author Alan Drew to speak Nov. 7

Alan Drew, author of “Gardens of Water,” the book chosen for the 2010 “One Community, One Book” project, will speak Sunday, Nov. 7, in C20 Pomerantz Center at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Gardens of Water” is the story of two families and two faiths in...

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11/1/2010

Who Speaks for Human Rights?

In an article originally published in the Global Times and reprinted in the China Daily on October 29th, Zhang Weiwei chided the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, for claiming that “human rights stand superior to state sovereignty.” Weiwei argues that this “obsolete Western tune” is a fallacy for three reasons: that standards on human rights vary from country to country; that no one (and certainly not the Nobel Committee) is authorized to determine what is or isn’t a violation of human rights; and that the notion that state sovereignty must bow to human rights is far from an accepted truth. Support for the latter assertion is found in the Charter of the United Nations, which lists the equality of sovereign states as its first principle.
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11/1/2010

“Green urbanism: The new face of Paris in the 21st century” (video)

Lucie Laurian is Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning. Her research focuses on environmental planning, from the management of toxic sites to public participation in environmental decisions. She has recently published the first studies of Environmental Justice in France, and is currently writing about the urban transformations of Paris in the last decade.
11/1/2010

Bolivian author to read at Prairie Lights

This announcement appeared in the arts section of The Daily Iowan on Nov. 1, 2010.

Edmundo Paz-Soldán of Cornell University will read at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., at 5:30 p.m. today from two of his books as well as segments of his forthcoming novel. The professor of...

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