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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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10/29/2010

Photo contest winners 2010 (gallery)

Every year International Programs – in conjunction with the Study Abroad office and International Student & Scholar Services – hosts a photo contest for study abroad participants and international students. The winning photos from both categories are shown below.

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10/26/2010

MEMWS open house Nov. 2

Would you like to learn more about the Middle East and the Muslim World? Stop by the Middle East and Muslim World Studies (MEMWS) program open house to find out how!

The MEMWS open house is an informal get-together where you can talk with professors, students and staff about:...

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10/26/2010

Two Indonesian natives discuss ‘Unity in Diversity’ Nov. 2

Some Americans know Indonesia as the country where President Obama lived as a boy, others know it as a tourist paradise with astonishing biodiversity and others know almost nothing about it. Two Indonesian natives will speak about the vast diversity of their country during “Indonesia: Unity in Diversity” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Room 2520D University Capitol Centre. The talk is free and open to the public.
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10/26/2010

IP Dean visits Jordan

The article below was published in three different newspapers in Jordan following Dean Thomas’ recent visit. It has been translated to English.
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10/26/2010

Co-founder of the UI Center for Human Rights dies

Colleagues and family members agree Rex Honey was a rare breed of faculty at the University of Iowa. The geography professor always put students and faculty first, said Gregory Hamot, the director of the UI Center for Human Rights.
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10/25/2010

Rex Honey (1945-2010)

From the CLAS website

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences mourns the loss of Rex Honey, Professor of Geography. “Rex epitomized the faculty member whose teaching, research, and service were focused on issues he was passionately committed to–social...

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10/25/2010

UI Center for Human Rights cofounder Rex Honey dies

Almost 12 years ago, University of Iowa law professor Burns Weston called up his colleague Rex Honey, who was chair of the Global Studies program Weston had previously organized. Weston said he asked Honey if his office, which at the time was in the old law school building, had an extra desk and phone jack. Honey said it did. Then Weston, who organized a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the year before, asked Honey if they could put a sign on his door that said Center for Human Rights. “That’s how it started,” Weston said. “That’s what we did.”