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10/6/2011

State of Indian arts today

Nowadays a stream of good economic news is coming from India. Despite persistent poverty, the country has been growing at nearly 9 percent annually for 15 years. Its middle class is expanding by 10 million households each year, and the monied upper class reaps its reward in exotic cars, elite schooling for its children, foreign travel and large residences. Meanwhile, American corporations race to enter the Indian consumer goods market. But how often do you hear about Indian artists or about the thirst among parts of the Indian public for painting, music, sculpture and design? This is the focus of a small conference on the state of Indian arts today, Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa — and of a WorldCanvass program on Friday night that is free and open to the public.
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10/5/2011

UI engineering alumna teaches Peruvians about health through Peace Corps radio show

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 26, 2011 – More than a dozen Peace Corps volunteers across Peru host weekly radio programs to provide information on health, current events and the environment to remote communities around the country. Volunteers often invite local community members and public officials to speak on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention and care to healthy lifestyle tips and community service opportunities. Peace Corps volunteers Jessica Smith of Iowa City, Iowa, and Nikki Eller of Seattle, Wash., host a weekly 45-minute radio show in western Peru which reaches more than 5,000 people. Since starting the show on Radio Hispana in February, Smith and Eller have hosted 17 shows covering heart health, HIV/AIDS awareness, emotional health, potable water, and the arts.
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10/4/2011

‘Jesus Rides a Bike: Oberammergau On Stage and Off’ Oct. 14

Abstract: The Passion Play of Oberammergau is arguably the most famous amateur theater tradition in the world, attracting a half-million spectators to this Bavarian alpine village every ten years. Indeed, the appeal of the play lies in its very status as lay theater: visitors flock to the village not just to witness a performance of the passion, but also to affirm the community’s dedication to a centuries-long tradition. To satisfy such an audience, the community’s role play behind the performance must be visible to outsiders. In addition to offering a general history of the play, the talk will explore the secondary performance frame of the “Oberammergau experience,” which shapes audience reception by representing the “real lives” of the performers. However, unscripted encounters with the play’s actors also reveal changing attitudes towards tradition.
10/1/2011

Gupta UI lecture focuses on aquatic traditions in Indian Ocean Nov. 11

Anthropologist Pamila Gupta will present a lecture titled “Some (Not so) Lost Aquatic Traditions: Goans Going Fishing in the Indian Ocean” Friday, Nov. 11, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Chai and snacks will be provided. Gupta will discuss how rituals enhance community and diasporic ties between Portugal, Mozambique, and Goa, India. She will focus on the role rituals play in re-creating sensual and bodily experiences and memories, and in representing notions of Goan popular culture, all to be passed onto subsequent generations of Goan Mozambicans.
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9/28/2011

'Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema' film series begins Oct. 14 at UI

“Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” is the theme of a new film series at the UI, which begins Friday, Oct. 14, with a screening of “One Million Yen Girl” at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public. This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. Additional screenings include “Harmful Insect” on Oct. 21, “Yunagi City Sakura Country” on Oct. 28, and “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4, all at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.
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9/28/2011

Art vs. income in India is focus of several UI events Oct. 6-8

The next WorldCanvass program from UI International Programs will explore “New Culture and New Welfare in South Asia: the Arts in India” at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The production is part of a larger UI conference of the same name from Oct. 6-8, and all events are free and open to the public.
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9/27/2011

WorldCanvass Studio Oct. 3: Roy Bennett and the Hard Road to Democracy in Zimbabwe

Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and treasurer of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the opposition party headed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, will be a special guest of WorldCanvass Studio on October 3. The live program will take place from 2-3 p.m. in Room 2780 University Capitol Centre and is free and open to the public.
9/27/2011

UISG: Seek and Embrace Diversity

I was born in Togo, a country in West Africa, and raised in Moline, Ill. Coming to the University of Iowa was exciting for me because I thought my days of culture shock were behind me, but I was wrong. “Diversity” isn’t a word people associate with a city in Iowa. Many are unaware of the number of diversity programs our university has to offer, and even more are unaware of how diversity affects them. This may be because of the lack of attention given to the UI’s multicultural organizations. We have more than 50 of these.
9/27/2011

Zimbabwean Opposition Figure to Speak at Two UI Events Oct. 3 and 4

Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and a major opposition figure in Zimbabwe, will be featured at two upcoming events: a WorldCanvass Studio program at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Room 2780 of the University Capitol Centre (UCC); and a Careers for Change lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Room 1117, UCC. Both events are free and open to the public.
9/23/2011

October 7 WorldCanvass to Focus on Art in India

Is the making of art in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka since Independence a matter of privilege that rests with donors, patrons, and ministries of culture? Or, on the contrary, is art a necessity for life, like food and shelter, which ordinary people need to relieve the dreariness of poverty? On the October 7 WorldCanvass, we’ll explore the relationship in South Asia between different sorts of art and different levels of income (folk art, classical art, ritual art, studio art, public art) in order to answer the question of who makes and who consumes music, song, poetry, painting, dance and film.
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9/22/2011

Comics studied at UI?!

This fall, numerous interrelated events at the University of Iowa and in Iowa City will be devoted to creative and critical encounters with “comics,” the somewhat awkward term encompassing newspaper strips, comic books and what are now rather pretentiously (and often erroneously) called graphic novels. What?!? Comic books at a major research university, amid the serious fiction and poetry that defines this town? Is there any greater evidence for the ongoing decline of academic and cultural standards!?! (Even subdued punctuation now seems at risk.)
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9/19/2011

Studying superheroes: UI to host ‘Comics, Creativity and Culture’ events throughout fall

This fall, the University of Iowa will bring together students, faculty and the community for a wave of events focused on the ever-growing world of comics — including comic strips, comic books and graphic novels. The UI will host a wide variety of hands-on activities, exhibitions, discussions and other public events. Leading comic artist-authors and scholars will meet Oct. 5-8 in Iowa City for “Comics, Creativity and Culture: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” a symposium sponsored by the university’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, International Programs, and the UI Museum of Art (UIMA).
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9/18/2011

UI European Studies Group Fall 2011 Lecture Series starts Sept. 23

The University of Iowa European Studies Group Fall 2011 Lecture Series begins Friday, Sept. 23, with a talk by Mona Krook entitled “Tensions in Political Inclusion: Women and Minorities in Electoral Politics” at noon in Room N202 of the Lindquist Center. All lectures are free and open to the public. Krook will explain how prevailing norms of citizenship in France and the United Kingdom have shaped campaigns for political inclusion, resulting in solutions for women that have not been extended to racial and ethnic minorities. She is an assistant professor of political science and women, gender and sexuality studies at Washington University, St. Louis.
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9/16/2011

WorldCanvass kicks off third season with 'Comics, Creativity and Culture' Sept. 23

WorldCanvass will kick off the 2011-12 season with a program featuring "Comics, Creativity and Culture" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.The monthly television and radio series from University of Iowa International Programs will continue each month with its tradition of lively discussion of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art, all surrounding an international theme. WorldCanvass takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. All programs are free and open to the public.
9/16/2011

Comics and Culture: UI scholars take a new look at ‘sequential art’

Corey Creekmur sometimes opens his comics class with a text that might seem odd even to comics aficionados: Nancy newspaper strips. “Early Peanuts and Nancy strips seem so simple,” he says. “But read carefully, they are more subtle than they look—they demonstrate how comics work.” Creekmur, associate professor of English, and other UI scholars like Ana Merino and Rachel Williams are introducing students and colleagues alike to the study of comics. Together they’re charting comics’ storytelling language, political and cultural rhetoric, and creative potential—and they have joined forces to put the University on the comics studies map. (Learn more about the comics symposium)
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9/15/2011

Teachers from India learn in Iowa City

A group of teachers from India are in Iowa City getting an education of their own. The group of about 20 toured schools in the Iowa City district and attended lectures at the University of Iowa. The visit is an opportunity to showcase the University to people in another country. Indian officials hope to pick up on things the United States education system does well, and implement those ideas into their curriculum.
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9/14/2011

WorldCanvass Kicks Off Third Season With ‘Comics, Creativity and Culture’ Sept. 23

WorldCanvass will kick off the 2011-12 season with a program featuring “Comics, Creativity and Culture” from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The monthly television and radio series from University of Iowa International Programs will continue each month with its tradition of lively discussion of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art, all surrounding an international theme. WorldCanvass takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. All programs are free and open to the public.
9/13/2011

UI looks to help int'l students find jobs

University of Iowa departments are teaming up to improve job opportunities for international students. And with a record number of international students at the university this fall, students said they’re happy to have more options. “There has been a really nice transition in this last year,” said Scott King, the director of the International Student & Scholar Services. “Services for international students aren’t all in this office.”
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9/11/2011

Indian playwright Ramnarayan will speak Sept. 19 and 20 on UI campus

Playwright and director Gowri Ramnarayan will be speaking about the writing and staging of three of her plays during an upcoming visit to the UI. Monday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 172 of the Theatre Buliding Ramnarayan will discuss “Serpent Speak” and “Dark Horse” and Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. in Theatre B of the Theatre Building she will discuss “Water Lilies.” These events are free and open to the public.
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9/9/2011

Since 9/11, interest in Islam increases locally

University of Iowa student Gewiria Fadl entered a Best Buy store in Massachusetts one day in 2002 wearing a traditional Muslim headdress. “Make sure she doesn’t have a bomb in there,” an employee manning the doorway said when the alarm at the entrance sounded. Muslims across the country have experienced more incidents similar to Fadl’s since the four planes piloted by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field 10 years ago.
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9/9/2011

Assistant dean of International Programs reflects on 9/11

“When I think of all the memories from that day, tears actually come to my eyes—the emotions of that day and the days afterward are hard to forget. So many experiences in a short time. I think about how we were worried in Norfolk, where I was working at the time at Old Dominion University, that we would be attacked after the Pentagon, as the Norfolk area is the largest area of military bases on the East Coast. I remember frantically looking for the business card of a former student who had just visited me and was working for an international accounting firm in NYC, as his employer was just the type of employer in the World Trade Center, but, thankfully, he wasn’t located there.
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9/8/2011

Int’l student population grows by 16 percent

Freshman enrollment at the University of Iowa is “right on target” this fall, school officials said Wednesday upon the release of fall census counts for students. This year’s freshman class remained steady with last year’s record-setting enrollment among first-year students. This fall, UI welcomed 4,565 first-time freshmen, eight more than last year, when the number of new freshmen increased by nearly 500 students from the year before.
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9/8/2011

Indian officials visit area schools

A group of nearly 20 school administrators from India are visiting Iowa City through Sept. 14 for a leadership summit about U.S. education systems, particularly that of the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Community School District. For them, it’s an opportunity to learn instead of teach. “They have questions about everything from, ‘How do you feed that many students in the school system?’ to ‘How do you implement technology in a meaningful way?’” said Liz Hollingworth, summit co-convener with UI geography professor Rangaswamy Rajagopal and a professor in the UI College of Education’s Educational Policy and Leadership Program. “(We hope they learn) how to cultivate students who are creative and have a deep understanding of the applications of math and science.”
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