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9/2/2009

"Taping the World" lecture series begins with talk by Joanna Demers on September 15

Joanna Demers, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Southern California, will present a lecture titled “William Basinski, Tape Loops, and Mourning” as part of the International Programs series “Taping the World: The Global Legacy of a Neglected Technology.” The lecture takes place on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.
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8/27/2009

Our inaugural issue!

Fall 2009

There is quite a bit of exciting news to share with you; and I hope you have a chance to read the pieces in this, our first online issue of International Accents!

The most exciting news in our first week of the fall semester is the large numbers of international...

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8/3/2009

Climate Change and Human Rights…and the Fierce Urgency of Now

The Adirondack Mountains of northeastern New York are for me and my family a promised land. Geologically related to Canada’s Laurentian Mountains, but a few miles south of the mighty St. Lawrence River and west of Lake Champlain, North America’s sixth “great lake”, they are especially beautiful in the autumn when vibrant gold, orange, and red sugar maples meet claret oak and yellow beech and birch on dark evergreen mountainsides to stitch tapestries that feed the soul. My family first staked its slice of this “forever wild” heaven in the late Nineteenth Century, and has enjoyed and sought to protect it ever since, generation after generation. I now enjoy and protect it with my children and grandchildren, and believe they will do the same with their children and grandchildren.
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7/31/2009

Study Abroad in Barcelona

The lobby of Hotel Havana was full of Spanish women, most appearing in their mid 40s and older. My heart was pounding. Mind racing, I couldn’t quit formulating questions in my head. Which one is she? Should I talk in Spanish and risk making an embarrassing mistake on the first impression? My name was called, moment of truth.
7/31/2009

Study Abroad – Averting Reverse Culture Shock Upon Returning Home

When Sarah Hemmen arrived at the airport in California after her five month stay in Australia, she was annoyed that the $3.99 magazine required more than the $4 in her pocket. The University of Iowa senior became accustomed to sales tax being included in prices while studying abroad in Sydney. Hemmen is one of more than 1,200 University of Iowa students that study abroad each year, many of whom endure reverse culture shock on their return home.
7/31/2009

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs, and current global issues. The Council provides opportunities for members to hear over thirty experts per year who may be visiting the University of Iowa campus or the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. This past May, ICFRC celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Executive Director, Sharon Benzoni, delivered the keynote address commemorating this milestone:
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7/31/2009

Fulbright Association Launches Statewide Affiliate in Iowa

On June 29, 2009, the Fulbright Association launched a statewide affiliate in Iowa, at a meeting of alumni hosted by the University of Iowa’s International Programs. Sally Mason, president of the University of Iowa, Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of international programs, and Jane L. Anderson, Fulbright Association executive director, spoke to Fulbright alumni and friends from Ames, Bettendorf, Burlington, Des Moines, Fairfield, Hudson, Iowa City, North Liberty, Oxford, Waterloo, and Williamsburg. Among educational institutions represented were Drake University, Iowa State University, St. Ambrose University, Solon High School, Southeastern Community College and the University of Iowa. The following is a transcript of President Mason’s remarks:
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7/31/2009

IP Students Travel to the Beijing Olympics

Emily Doolittle seriously considered not returning to Beijing when she completed her volunteer work at a “Good Luck Beijing” tennis tournament in October 2007. Fed up with the horrible venue food, Doolittle lived on peanut butter sandwiches through almost the entire 12-day trip. With limited...

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7/31/2009

International Programs’ “Fulbright DOUBLE”!

This summer, International Programs has experienced two Fulbright “firsts”– brought to us via International Programs’ International Student & Scholar Services. Below, reprinted from its web site with the permission of the Fulbright Association, is their report of our first Fulbright story:
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7/31/2009

International Programs Selected For Iraq Educational Initiative

In January, 2008, I traveled to Baghdad, together with representatives from 21 other Universities, at the invitation of Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki. The purpose of my trip was to explore further the role that the University of Iowa’s International Programs might play in the prime minister’s...

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7/31/2009

The Flood of 2008 And A Community of Givers

By Sarah Yu

For weeks, the flood’s devastation was sprawled across the headlines of countless newspapers, magazines, and television stations. People proudly displayed their “I survived the flood of ’08″ T-shirts to confirm their triumph over the natural disaster. However, as the news of...

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7/31/2009

UI Receives Grant for Russian Exchange

By Jodie Klein

How many flowers should you give a Russian woman?

“You must give an odd number, even numbers are given at a funeral,” says Irina Kostina, UI instructor of Russian language and literature, and developer of a course offered in the spring of 2009 titled “Surviving...

7/31/2009

A Profile of Chuanren Ke, Director of the University of Iowa Confucius Institute

For the past 15 years, Chuanren Ke has built a resume at the University of Iowa that many professionals would envy – initiating and directing UI Institutes, chairing a UI department, and many years of teaching and researching. Though Ke could boast about his success, he said he does it all for one reason – to educate Iowans about China.
7/30/2009

International Encounters, Future Endeavors

After concluding 9 months studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain I wanted to find an organization on campus with ample international reach – I was looking to get involved with important international issues in a meaningful way, while simultaneously connecting to new people and countries abroad. The Council for International Visitors to the Iowa Cities (CIVIC) does just this; they host international visitors and develop programs for each visit. I joined CIVIC this summer as a student intern.
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7/30/2009

For More Information About Giving

If you would like more information about private support for the University of Iowa International Programs, contact Derek Pendergast, director of development, major gifts, International Programs, at the UI Foundation at the address or phone number shown. Your inquiry will be treated...

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7/30/2009

Confucius Institute Offers Family Mandarin Chinese Classes

Anya Drack, 6, runs into her Mandarin Chinese class on a Saturday afternoon this past spring and immediately approaches her instructor, Fan Youxin. The two start playing a patty-cakes game reviewing Chinese numbers. Drack’s excitement comes after six weeks of attending the UI Confucius Institute’s Family Mandarin Chinese Classes for elementary students and their parents.
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