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group of multicultural students
10/20/2010

105 countries represented at UI

Dancing is a step out of the ordinary for the participants of the Global Buddies program, designed to match an American student with a new international exchange student to learn about each other’s culture. And Wednesday, the group tried dancing at the International Commons in the University Capitol Centre, said John Ashby, a graduate student in International Programs.
10/20/2010

India Winterim is back for its 5th year

So far, 76 UI students have signed up to save a forest, dance the Bharta Natyam, and design lesson plans — among other unique activities during their winter breaks. The Indian Winterim program, entering its fifth year, is adding these three programs — sustainability, dance, and education, to the 11 others offered during a three-week educational trip to India.
10/20/2010

‘The Hospital in the Jungle’ lecture Oct. 28

In 1984, Dr. R. Balasubramaniam and a group of four young medical students from the Mysore Medical College in India set out to serve the poor and the marginalized in the spirit of reform and sacrifice. Beginning with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) Ayurvedic hospital, after 25 years they have built up substantial hospital-based health and education programs and community development Initiatives that benefit nearly 300,000 tribals and non-tribals.
10/19/2010

“The economics of language of instruction in Africa – an example from Tanzania” Oct. 25

Official languages are one of the main lingering legacies of colonialism in Africa. Education at almost all levels is administered in the official languages that only a small percentage of the population can write and speak fluently. This fact creates bottle-necks that allow only a small percentage of the population to become part of an educated labor-force. Therefore, the goal of this research is to investigate the impact of using official languages as languages of instruction on economic development in Africa. We have chosen Tanzania for our research partly because of our familiarity with this country and also because it has been possible to find valuable data from the Tanzania Ministry of Education website. This research explores the short-run and long-run opportunity costs of continuing the colonial legacy in the field of education by using a foreign language as the language of instruction. We hope to offer policy suggestions that could broaden the educated base and foster economic growth and development. While there has been some research into the costs of designing and publishing learning material and textbooks in local languages, there is hardly any thinking, let alone research, on the costs involved in having millions of school-children in Africa repeating classes, dropping out of school or sitting year after year in schools where they get low grades and learn nothing else than self depreciation.
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10/18/2010

"The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Africa" Oct. 28

What : “The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Africa” When : October 28 at 1:30 p.m. Where : 285 Boyd Law Building Presented by : Ms. Florence Gatome, Senior Manager, Public Sector Group, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Nairobi, Kenya

Lecture will be followed by a moderated Q&A discussion...

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10/15/2010

FLARE Forum Oct. 21

A Feature Reassembly approach to L2 knowledge of existential quantifiers

Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE) Forum

Date/Tim e: Thursday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. Location : 2520D University Capitol Centre Presenter : Heather Marsden, University of York...

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10/14/2010

Metropolitan Opera Live lecture series continues Oct. 28 with "Don Pasquale"

The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre screenings with a talk on Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” Thursday, Oct. 28, presented by Katherine Eberle. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D and are free and open to the public.
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10/14/2010

"Crossing Borders" documentary Oct. 26 shows journey through Morocco

A screening of the award-winning documentary “Crossing Borders” will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in 1505 Seamans Center. This event is free and open to the public. “Crossing Borders” follows four American and four Moroccan students through a journey of self-discovery in Morocco, confronting the supposed “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West and forming relationships that disarm media-shaped stereotypes.
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10/13/2010

Communications and the Indian Empire: two related talks Oct. 20-21

Dr. Chandrika Kaul will be visiting The University of Iowa for two related lectures Oct. 20-21.

Topic of lecture: “‘An Imperial Village’: Communications, Media and Globalization in Modern India” Date/time: Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 3:30 p.m. Location: E256 Adler Journalism Building...

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10/11/2010

Our View – Straddling the boundary between faiths

Last month we opined that it was rare for Iowa City area residents to discuss the Muslim-Christian divide with someone who has spent seven years traveling across the 10th parallel — the latitude line 700 miles north of the equator that serves as a highly contested, religious boundary line. Thats why we encouraged our readers to attend the WorldCanvass program featuring Eliza Griswold, author of “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam.”
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10/7/2010

Discussing slavery today

Slavery is an institution that many consider to be a chapter of history. It also is a topic that evokes strong emotions and stirs controversy. It is associated with exploitation, humiliation and ongoing questioning among descendants of slaves about its causes and consequences.
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10/6/2010

African Studies Program meet-n-greet Oct. 11

The UI African Studies Program cordially invites faculty, students, and the general public to a mini-reception on Monday, October 11, 4:30-5:30pm, in UCC-2520D (Old Capitol Mall, 2nd floor).
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10/6/2010

Disappearance of language programs

It is particularly unsettling to hear of the decision at the State University of New York in Albany to suspend admissions to the B.A. programs in French, Italian, and Russian, as well as Classics and Theatre. In our world of 2010, with so many global exchanges in higher education and throughout the business world, it has never been more important for our students to understand multi-cultural perspectives.
10/6/2010

Opera Studies lecture on Gluck, Wanger and Symbolism Oct. 20

The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) welcomes William Gibbons for a lecture, “Gluck, Wagner, and Symbolism: Staging ‘Orphée’ in 1896 Paris,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Gerber Lounge of the English Philosophy Building. The event is free and open to the public.
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Lauren and her dad
10/5/2010

UI Student Receives Student Recognition Award from Study Abroad Experience

Lauren Sieben was one of the hundreds of University of Iowa undergraduates that traveled abroad in spring 2010 but one of the few that came back with more than just souvenirs and memories — She was nominated for an award by one of her instructors in Spain for her outstanding performance in a semester-long project, and recently Sieben found out she was one of two students who received the award from a large pool of nominees.
10/5/2010

Iowa International Summer Institute will bring the UI classroom to Europe

Summer is a great time for University of Iowa students to take a couple classes and fulfill general education program (GEP) requirements to lighten their load during the academic year. Starting in summer 2011, some of those classes will be offered in Paris, London and Florence. The Iowa International Summer Institute (IISI), a new short-term summer program offered by Study Abroad at the UI, is geared toward first-year UI students but open to any student who needs to complete general education courses. Each course will last four weeks and fulfill three semester hours of credit.
Baraza series
10/5/2010

Baraza series starts with lecture on oil, ethnicity and religion Oct. 11

The UI African Studies Program’s fall Baraza series will begin Monday, Oct. 11, with a lecture entitled “Oil, Ethnicity and Religion: The woes of a blessed nation in the face of outright political ineptitude,” presented by Sunday Goshit of International Programs. The talk is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in 2520D of the University Capitol Centre. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.
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10/5/2010

‘Life in Iowa’ series offers international students social events and educational workshops

International students come to The University of Iowa with lots of questions about their upcoming experience in American culture – but those questions don’t stop after the first week. After observing the culture for a while, they wonder what phrases such as, “swamped with homework,” really mean, and why there are carved pumpkins popping up everywhere in October, and how do fraternities and sororities relate to me?
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