International Accents

E.g., Friday, February 24, 2017
E.g., Friday, February 24, 2017

“Masterpieces of art can translate nature for us.” Though originally stated by Dr. Drew Harvell, a marine biologist and professor at Cornell University, these are the words which served as inspiration for Stanley awardee Jacquelyn Whitman, who recently utilized sculpture and ecology in her research to illustrate the anthropogenic effects humans are having on the environment.

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“Islamophobia” isn’t a word commonly heard on the University of Iowa campus; however, in the Old Capital Museum, the word has found a place in an exhibit whose hope is to abolish it.

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Although both the Chinese government and public are increasingly aware of China’s high prevalence of depression, burnout, and milder mental health concerns, the topic is not commonly discussed on local campuses. Chinese students often do not divulge their mental health status to close friends and family, and from what I have observed, the newly-arrived international students who are eager to integrate, do not either. 

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The University of Iowa College of Law’s Global Ambassadors Program brings domestic and international graduate students together as a community.

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The Conversation Center was founded in the spring of 2016 by a group of undergraduates who wanted to provide a space for international and domestic students to become closer.

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What does the American dream look like to you? To your neighbor? How does your life experience compare with that of someone from a different ethnic background, a different economic class, or a different religion? These questions have been at the heart of the 2016 political debate but their roots are as deep and tangled as the history of America itself. With a closely divided electorate, highly-charged rhetoric, and unaccountable social media messaging, the chasm in understanding can seem all but infinite. Joan Kjaer and her guests will discuss thorny, controversial, and critical issues of social justice in contemporary society on “WorldCanvass: White Privilege, Structural Racism, and the Dream of America.” The free, public program takes place on December 7, from 7:30-9:00 p.m., in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

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A collaborative effort by International Programs, Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Office of the Registrar moved to develop a name pronunciation tool where students can record their name and select their preferred gender pronouns.  Now faculty and staff will know how to pronounce a student’s name in class and what gender pronouns are preferred. 

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UI Study Abroad will host a scholarship information session on Thursday, December 1, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in International Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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UI students who are interested in field-based research projects abroad are invited to attend an information session with SIT Study Abroad on Friday, December 2, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 2390 University Capitol Centre, featuring guest speaker Dr. Azim Khan, academic director at SIT. 

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"Tradition in Search of a Rationale," an upcoming international conference at the UI, will bring together scholars and guest speakers Friday and Saturday, December 2-3, 2013, on the University of Iowa campus to address the future of hunting in Japan and North America. 

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UI continues to be a destination for international students

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I’m so happy to be writing this because it’s about one of the highest of highlights from my experiences thus far: my first festival in Japan. More specifically, what happened during my first festival in Japan.

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Tucked away in the depths of the Main Library, you can sometimes find students meeting to have engaging conversations. These students, however, aren’t quizzing each other for an upcoming exam or taking a study break for a light chat. They are students broadening their communication skills while simultaneously breaking down cultural barriers.

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Fangren Yu is a student at the University of Iowa. This is a follow up column to one he wrote before the election.

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UI students abroad, international students at UI to be honored for photo work during International Education Week festivities

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Refugee Relief week runs from today through Friday with events taking place each day. There will be nine events around campus, varying from creating clothing for those in need to hearing the stories of refugees who recently traveled overseas to America.

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International Programs presented WorldCanvass alongside the exhibition "Abstract Expressionism" at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England, on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Host Joan Kjaer and her guests, UI President Bruce Harreld, Co-Curator of "Abstract Expressionism" Dr. David Anfam, Director of the UI's International Writing Program Christopher Merrill, and Director of the UI Museum of Art Sean O'Harrow, discussed the long history of artistic accomplishment and innovation at the University of Iowa, as well as the seminal importance to abstract expressionism of the UI's Jackson Pollock work "Mural."

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This week is International Education Week, an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

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Globalization is the movement of people, ideas, goods, services and diseases across borders, and it also refers to the increasing rapidity and intensity with which this movement occurs. Internationalization is higher education’s engagement with these processes.

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New this year, International Student Appreciation Day is an event that will take place on Wednesday, November 16 between 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Kautz Plaza, and between 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the east side of the Pentacrest. Students are invited to stop by for free buttons and refreshments! 

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When you are in a foreign country, you walk around with wide eyes, comparing this and that between your host country and your home country, you realize the flaws of your host country and your home country, you defend your host and home country from the ridiculous stereotypes…  This election has been a roller coaster from the get go, and walking around the streets of Santiago on November 9th gave me that sort of nauseous feeling in the pit of my stomach.

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Tonight, the Arab Students Association will host an event called Arabian Nights.

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What defines a nation, or a state? What’s the meaning of sovereignty, and how do communal or religious identity figure into demands for self-determination? The world community in 2016 appears to be a fractured place with aspirations to statehood like those we’ve seen in South Sudan and Palestine, as well as civil disruptions and realignments like those between Crimea, Ukraine, and Russia. Amidst all of this there are non-state actors like ISIS challenging sitting governments and established states. These questions were addressed at the October 15 WorldCanvass: Nationhood Redefined. This WorldCanvass was a highlight event of the
2016 Provost’s Global Forum, The Nation, the State, and the Global Redefinition of Self-Determination.

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In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump being named the winner of the 2016 presidential election, international students at the University of Iowa began contacting on-campus resources to ask about the effect of the results on their legal immigration status and personal safety.

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The number of international students at the University of Iowa who study abroad has increased.

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