International Accents

E.g., Tuesday, June 19, 2018
E.g., Tuesday, June 19, 2018

When Mansi Bhatia left The University of Iowa in 2004 after finishing a two-year Master of Arts in journalism, she took with her more than a degree and a black and gold t-shirt. Bhatia took with her the memories of a quiet place that broadened her horizons and gave her a new family of friends.

Originally from Lucknow, India, Bhatia now lives in California with her husband and works in communications. Recently, Bhatia posted this poem about her time in Iowa on her blog.

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First Lady Michelle Obama urged graduates of George Washington University last weekend to go global.  The Class of 2010 had just successfully met her challenge to them to dedicate 100,000 hours to service in the greater Washington, DC community. She challenged the graduates to take their experience to the world:

This is an opinion piece written for the Press Citizen in coordination with International Programs’ May 7 WorldCanvass program focusing on the Middle East.

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University of Iowa students will share an exhibit ‘Haiti Recovery Village’ from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Hubbard Park in Iowa City. The exhibit is a result of a UI course titled “Haiti, The Evolution of Disaster.”

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When China native Xin Feng told her mother she wanted to study abroad, her mother suggested America. Her mother said Feng should see the superpower. Feng disagreed, but her mother insisted. “She told me that when she was in college, she asked her professor what America was like, and he said, ‘Imagine the best world you can imagine, and America is even better than that,’" she said.

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The University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) will hold an international symposium titled “From Area Studies to Transregional Studies: Contours of Globalization in Asia’s Re-integration” from Wednesday, May 5, through Saturday, May 8, in the University Capitol Centre, Rooms 1117 (International Commons) and 2390 (Executive Board Room).

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The University of Iowa will host an international symposium on Bolivia’s historic Constituent Assembly of 2006-07. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2.

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With a law on the anvil to allow operation of foreign education providers in India, a top consortium of research institutions from the US has evinced interest in collaborating with Indian universities. A delegation of Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which represents America’s top universities, visited India this week and met HRD minister Kapil Sibal to discuss areas of collaboration and institutional linkages.

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In a move to increase its out-of-state and international student enrollment, officials at the University of Iowa are stepping up their global recruitment efforts.

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The 2010 Crossing Borders Convocation, “Celebrating Border Crossings,” will be April 22-24, primarily in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC). The convocation consists of major addresses, panel discussions and student presentations. The public is invited.

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Joan Kjaer will host a WorldCanvass program featuring the Middle East before a live audience from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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Matthew C. J. Rudolph, visiting assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Government Department, will give two lectures about Asia. Both lectures are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The first lecture, “Speaking In Many Voices: How India’s ‘Multivocality’ Shapes Its Foreign Policy” is at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Room 1111, University Capitol Centre (UCC). This talk will focus on what the many voices of India’s history, cultural and plural society mean for the future of India’s global politics.

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Françoise Naudillon, professor and author, will present a lecture titled “The Invention of a People: Aimé Césaire Between Politics and Poetry” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Room 315 of Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Naudillon, a specialist in French literature, is a professor in the Department of French Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She works especially on crime fiction and popular literature.

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Five years ago in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa we began teaching creative writing…in Spanish, of course. It was an initiative that we started with one section and a handful of pioneer students who aspired to write fiction in a language that was not their native one. Writing fiction in a language you are studying is far from easy, but it allows you to improve your knowledge in a different way: namely, by narrating out of your own imagination, finding new words and structures that you need to express something locked in your mind and heart. The result was frankly impressive. All of a sudden there were waiting lists to get in. The interest was far greater than we had anticipated. Today we are three professors and writers in the Department—Ana Merino, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, and myself—teaching fiction and poetry, and we harbor ambitious plans for the future.

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James Le Sueur, associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and director of the documentary “Exile and the Fatwa,” will present two events at the UI April 19-20, 2010.

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This University of Iowa-community collaboration, “WorldPrairie,” will feature a discussion with UI faculty involved in the WiderNet and Elluminate Internet development projects from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, at M.C. Ginsberg, 110 East Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.

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Frank Calzón, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba, will present a lecture titled “The Revolution on Balance: Human Rights in Cuba Today” from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 23, in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa will conduct a summer institute for teachers and lifelong learners entitled “Caribbean Carnival Arts, Past and Present: Explorations in Community, Diversity, and Creativity within a Colonial and Post-Colonial Context.” The seminar and workshop will be June 14 to 18 in the IP Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. It is open to teachers and community members with both for-credit and non-credit options.

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Lorraine Piroux, associate professor of French at Rutgers University, will give a talk titled “Between a Hieroglyph and a Spatula: Literary Authorship and Theater in Eighteenth-Century France” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

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The Asian Correspondent, an on-line newspaper, listed The University of Iowa as one of the “Top ten international universities in the US” in an article posted April 1, 2010.

Listed along with universities like Purdue, Columbia and NYU, the article notes that of the UI’s 30,000 students, eight percent are international students from 104 countries, making for a wide array of students.

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Nanette Barkey, a former University of Iowa assistant professor of anthropology and community and behavioral health, will discuss “Health in Haiti: the Case of Léogane Before and After the Earthquake” from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 9, in Room 1117, International Commons, in the University Capitol Centre.

Barkey conducted ethnographic research on health care in the city of Léogane throughout 2009 and returned there for two weeks in March 2010. Léogane was near the epicenter and more than half the homes and buildings were destroyed.

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The University of Iowa International Crossroads Community will hold its annual Latin dance festival from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. This event is free for UI students, $4 for non-UI students and children, and $6 for adults. Refreshments will be served at the event.

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International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents a forum titled “Learning Farsi, Tamil, and Indonesian: The Benefits of Autonomous Language Learning” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

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The University of Iowa’s South Asian Studies Program (SASP) is sponsoring a workshop focused on South Asia beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010, and continuing all day Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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A documentary about the fence built on the U.S.-Mexico border will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in Room 140 Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus. This event is free and open to the public.

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