International Accents

E.g., Saturday, June 24, 2017
E.g., Saturday, June 24, 2017

The UI honors seminar that Ian Dunshee attended his freshman year set the stage for his future research and Fulbright award.  Combining his interests in anthropology and geospatial technology, Dunshee hopes to pave the way for tourism, education, preservation, and research in the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles.

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Victor Diaz understands the importance of learning languages and understanding culture. As a 2017-18 Fulbright finalist, he looks forward to encouraging students in Mexico to create original works of theatre and identify with the English language. Diaz studied abroad in India through the India Winterim program, and has since continued to pursue his desire to become an educator.

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Des Moines native Kaché Claytor fused her academic interest in journalism and Spanish to share stories of people of color and understand how race is defined in different cultures. While in Colombia, Claytor will teach English, lead writing workshops, and research the African diaspora in Latin America.

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Andrew Calvert looks forward to using his grant for research about American history abroad to inform the novel he is working on set in the Philippines. Calvert says he also looks forward to exposure to a new community of writers.

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Following a longstanding interest in international relations, Ben Bush became interested in applying for a Fulbright after visiting Bulgaria for a conference on fiction-writing last summer. He was recently awarded a Fulbright award to live in Bulgaria and continue his work as a writer. In addition to teaching at Sofia University and running workshops, Bush will examine the exodus of Bulgarian youth and incorporate the impact into the draft of his novel.

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University of Iowa Human Physiology & Psychology major Alexis Finer has been awarded a 2017 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship.

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Here’s some eggs for your gallo pinto - ¡Buen provecho!” I glance at the time on my phone… 6:15AM. Time to start my day. 

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The City of Literature will celebrate Japanese literature this week in a series of events.

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A combined lecture and roundtable event on Monday evening focused on immigration

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The University of Iowa held the 2017 Provost’s Global Forum on Women’s Health and the Environment: Going Up in Smoke this past weekend.

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Mandy Gavin, University of Iowa undergraduate engineering student, studied abroad in Hong Kong during the summer of 2015. She applied for and received several scholarships, including a Global Engineering Scholarship and a Center for Asian and Pacific Studies Study Abroad in Asia Scholarship. Gavin also used the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant to help fund her study abroad experience. Last summer, Gavin worked as a continuous improvement intern at PMX Industries. For this summer, she has secured an internship with Alliant. While interviewing for the Alliant internship position, Gavin feels her study abroad experience helped her stand out, calling it a ‘gold star’ in the eyes of her employers.

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The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) and UI International Programs have named Associate Professor Meena Khandelwal the inaugural recipient of the International Engagement Teaching Award. The jointly sponsored award recognizes CLAS faculty members who excel in incorporating internationalism into their classroom or studio teaching. Khandelwal is on the faculty of the Departments of Anthropology and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies.

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When we drive home today and fire up our gas stoves and microwaves, let’s pause a moment to think of a billion women in the developing world sitting in front of their stoves, cooking meals for their families.

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Speakers to discuss health and environmental effects of wood-burning cookstoves

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If you think about it, every single action you know how to do…you used to have no idea how to do it. Getting gas in your car, registering for classes, writing an essay, all these things used to make you squirm with discomfort. But too bad - sometimes you just need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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New linkage creates opportunities for sharing expertise

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My week begins with class in the afternoon after lunch. Unlike Iowa we have blocks of time for class every day: 8-11am for the morning block and 1-4pm for the afternoon. What more could a science major from the University of Iowa ask for than a late Monday class and no classes on Friday? It is one of the many gifts of this abroad experience. When I’m not in school my free time is completely filled with other activities.

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The UI Muslim Student Association continued its Islam Awareness week with a “Facts versus Fears” lecture in the IMU on Wednesday evening.

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A Half-Century of Japanese Writers in Iowa: Writing and Translating at the International Writing Program, 1967-2017

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UI International Programs and the African Studies Program invite you to attend an upcoming event titled "Conservation and Conversation: Ethnographic Research in a Biodiversity Hotspot in Tanzania." Featuring guest speaker Jessica Pouchet from Northwestern University, this event will take place on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 11 a.m. -12:15 p.m. in 60 Schaeffer Hall. 

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The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, in cooperation with the Institute of International Education, are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program application cycle. Since 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research and serve as English teaching assistants abroad in order to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards over 1,900 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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Undergraduate engineering student Carli Brucker studied abroad in Hong Kong during the summer of 2015. To help fund her study abroad experience, Brucker used the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant. She also applied for and received a Global Engineering Scholarship. Brucker pursued a second academic experience abroad through the course International Perspectives:  Xicotepec. The course involved a service-learning experience over Spring Break in Xicotepec, Mexico.

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Life’s most special moments often imprint in our memories like Chinese calligraphy ink on rice paper. The past few days, much ink flowed as I re-discovered memories of the past at Tianjin University of Technology (TUT), the place I spent the summer of my twentieth birthday. In 2015, I was one of seven University of Iowa (UI) students who were hosted in TUT for two months as part of a ten-year language exchange program.

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