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E.g., Tuesday, June 27, 2017
E.g., Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bruce Harreld shares his thoughts on increasing our investment in public higher education.

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Midterms week can be stressful, but for some international students it may just be a small part of a larger problem.

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President Trump signed an executive order Monday, March 6, that will impact visa processing abroad for international students and scholars, and will also impact some faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad. View the latest information on the impact of the executive order in our "ISSS Announcements" pane on our ISSS home page.

On Monday, March 6, the University of Iowa released this official statement:

"Each of you, regardless of your background or country of origin, is welcome in our community. You bring perspectives and experiences that, taken together, enrich the educational experience, advance research and discovery, and prepare UI students to thrive in their lives and careers. The University of Iowa will continue to support the values that underpin our core missions as a public institution of higher education." - Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs

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Last month, as part of an effort to make study abroad more accessible to U.S. students, the University of Iowa provided 120 UI students with free passports, thanks to Passport Caravan, a program facilitated by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

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Students, adults, and children of any language level are invited to sign up for a variety of community classes with the UI King Sejong Institute during the spring 2017 semester.

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Professor of religious-studies Raymond Mentzer will be knighted by France's Ministry of Education

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Making sense of a bill in Iowa and a killing in Kansas.

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Award-winning India Winterim matches undergrads with India’s best

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Many people travel abroad with expectations of experiencing a way of life that is incredibly different from what they consider “normal”. While in Rwanda, every day presents a new reminder that I am not in America. And this is what I want, this is why I travel- to learn about and accept differences across the globe. However, I have also discovered when it comes down to the wire, people are people and we have much more in common than I’d realized.

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A law professor examines ‘Islamophobia’ from his perspective.

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I’ve officially been in San Ramón, Costa Rica for one month. It seems fitting to write about what “culture shock” really is.

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A record-breaking 15 UI students were awarded Fulbright Scholar Grants in 2016-17.

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University of Iowa religious studies professor Raymond Mentzer devoted the last 45 years to his area of study, but he never expected to be knighted for his work.

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UI International Programs and the African Studies Program invite you to attend an upcoming event titled "They come to take our women and our jobs: Migrants, marriage, and national belonging in South Africa." Featuring guest speaker Brady G'sell, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology and history, University of Michigan, this event will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 12-1:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC). 

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The African Studies Program invites you to attend an upcoming event, titled "Claiming Land: Institutions, Narratives, and Political Violence in Kenya." This event will take place on Tuesday, March 7, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in 2520D University Capitol Centre in room 2520D. 

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In April, the University of Iowa will host scholars, experts, and researchers from around the world as part of the 2017 Provost’s Global Forum, "Women's Health & Environment: Going Up in Smoke. ” The goal of the Provost's Global Forum is to inspire discussions of global affairs and build relationships between the university and the state of Iowa.

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I’m living in a country with some of the best cuisine in the world, so why am I craving pancakes?

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My name is Jenny and I am an undergraduate student currently in the athletic training program. I am a first generation student from the suburbs of Chicago. I am half Polish and half Guatemalan and, as you can imagine, I was brought up in a household full of different culture. From a young age I was very interested in indulging in different cultures so I knew studying abroad was something I wanted to do when I came to the University of Iowa.

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A series of panels discussed resilience over childhood trauma in the Voxman Music Building on Monday evening.

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This month, WorldCanvass from UI International Programs will focus on adverse childhood experiences and the negative health consequences children and adults with these experiences may face. Experts from the University of Iowa, Johnson County and the state of Iowa will discuss the epidemiology of ACEs and how childhood adversity affects the brain, behaviors, social adjustment, and physical and mental health.

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The University of Iowa has once again been named a top producer of Fulbright students for 2016-17, according to the list released Monday in The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is the second  year in a row that the University of Iowa has achieved this elite ranking.

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Hi there! My name is Taylr Nobis and I am a sophomore nursing student here at the University of Iowa. Traveling to India started out as a mere dream during my first semester of my freshman year. When I first heard about the India Winterim program I thought that it sounded like an amazing experience, but having never been out of the country (and barely out of the Midwest!), I never thought it would be something I would actually do. I put it out of my mind for almost a year, but in what seemed like a blink of the eye I was opening my acceptance letter to the program. It was quite the dream come true- I had always wanted to travel the world and this was such a great start to my worldwide adventure!

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On "WorldCanvass: Resilience Over Trauma," Joan Kjaer and WorldCanvass guests investigated adverse childhood experiences and the negative physical and mental health consequences children and adults with these experiences may face. If left unaddressed and untreated, the toxic stress of childhood adversity can have serious health repercussions throughout a lifetime. But important advances are being made in the recognition and treatment of health issues related to adverse childhood experiences, many of them led by physicians and researchers at the University of Iowa. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer spoke with experts from a wide range of health disciplines as well as child advocates from the Iowa City Community School District and Johnson County.

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My name is Alyssa, I am a senior studying Biomedical Engineering. I am excited to tell you about my study abroad experience in Alicante, Spain! Alicante really exceeded my expectations, I loved everything about that city. From its beautiful beaches and mountains to the cute little cafes on every block, it really is one of the most beautiful places I have visited.

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While immigrants have long fueled the American experiment, passionate debate about the pros and cons of immigration are nothing new. The rhetoric of recent national and local elections highlights tensions around changing demographics, inspiring debate about the impact of immigration on employment, on crime, and on community identity, while challenging the citizenry to examine their values and notions of what it means to be an American. On the next WorldCanvass, host Joan Kjaer and a diverse panel of guests will discuss the history of immigration in the Midwest over the past century and a half, as well as current questions about bilingualism, multiculturalism, and belonging and exclusion in times of international and domestic conflict. The public is invited to attend the free WorldCanvass discussion on Wednesday, March 8, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Voxman Recital Hall.

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