International Accents

E.g., Monday, August 29, 2016
E.g., Monday, August 29, 2016

The European Studies Group spring lecture series continues Thursday, Feb. 16, with Carolyn Eichner’s talk, “’Caves filled with gold’: French Feminist Perspectives on Race, Empire, & the ‘Jewish Question,’ 1860-1914,” at 4 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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An upcoming one-day conference at the University of Iowa will discuss the challenges workers face in Iowa’s growing low-wage economy. The conference is designed to bring together Iowa immigrant rights advocates, labor union activists, faith leaders, and community service providers to review basic workplace legal protections and discuss ways communities can promote justice for all Iowa workers.

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The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) in International Programs will continue its 2011-12 lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater screenings Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a talk on Verdi’s “Ernani” presented by Miriam Gilbert. 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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Abstract: As we approach the 200th anniversary of the massive eruption of the Indonesian volcano Tambora, Gillen Wood’s Tambora Project reconstructs on a global scale the most destructive episode of abrupt climate change in the modern historical record. The volcanic sulfate veil produced by Tambora in the period 1815-18 altered global weather patterns, initiating the first global cholera pandemic, while famine, refugeeism and civil unrest threatened hard-hit nations from China to Western Europe to New England. The Tambora period thus offers a powerful historical illustration of the causal web linking climate change and the fate of human societies, reinforcing for us, in the twenty-first century, how climate destabilization can and is shaping world events.

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WorldCanvass guests on February 10 will discuss the history and concept of sustainability from varied vantage points and disparate disciplines, ranging from law and engineering to business, art, film and literary studies.

Sustainability is one of the watchwords of our era. It’s been described as the capacity to endure, and it speaks to the inter-relationships between humans and nature and what it takes to exist in harmony, both in the present time and long into the future.

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During the past decade higher education’s interest in internationalization has intensified, and the concept of civic education or engagement has broadened from a national focus to a more global one, thus expanding the concept that civic responsibility extends beyond national borders.

As Schattle (2009)i points out, the concept of global citizenship is not a new one; it can be traced back to ancient Greece. But the concept and the term seem to have new currency and are now widely used in higher education. Many institutions cite global citizenship in their mission statements and/or as an outcome of liberal education and internationalization efforts. Many have “centers for global citizenship” or programs with this label.

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After seven months in the Philippines on a Fulbright grant, returning to graduate school at the University of Iowa is my obligation and my privilege. But the cravings that strike me now are the most visceral manifestations of homesickness I’ve ever known. When I think of breakfast, I want only silog, or pan de sal, or taho. When I think of condiments, I want only vinegar or calamansi or banana ketchup. I wake up craving every variation of pork that Filipinos do so deftly and heart-stoppingly: bagnet from Malate. Sisig from Trellis. Lechón from anywhere.

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In order to provide on-the-ground support for existing and future activities in India, the University of Iowa has partnered with GenNext Education to benefit from office space and staff support at their International Knowledge Center (IKC) in Bangalore, India. The IKC functions as the UI’s India liaison office, providing support in south India and throughout the country for linkages with businesses and educational institutions, study abroad partnerships, service-learning and internship programs, recruitment efforts to bring highly-qualified Indian students to Iowa, and to strengthen connections to friends and alumni.

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Hysteria and its implications for attitudes toward and relationships between the sexes will be highlighted in the upcoming University Theatre production of Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” directed by Meredith Alexander.

Opening Feb. 10, the play takes a look at the use of the vibrator (yes, that kind of vibrator) as clinical treatment for hysteria.

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The European Studies Group spring 2012 lecture series begins Friday, Feb. 3, with Matthew Conn’s talk, “Sex before Fascism: Law, Sexology, and Social Belonging in German-speaking Central Europe, 1750-1940,” at noon in Room 51 of Schaeffer Hall. Three more lectures and a screening will take place throughout the semester and all are free and open to the public.

In this lecture, Conn will explain how our modern understandings of same-sex desires stem from the 18th century German Enlightenment. By analyzing how various experts over two centuries debated the meanings and origins of what scholars would later term “homosexuality,” Conn explores the unintended consequences of their inability to reach consensus.

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Last spring, our College of Pharmacy hosted Prof. Nguyen Van Hung (MD, PhD), Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacy and Family Medicine Unit at Haiphong Medical University in Vietnam. It is not unusual, of course, for us to host visiting faculty from abroad: in fact, we have visitors on campus from abroad on a weekly basis, perhaps even on a daily basis, throughout the academic year. What made Hung’s visit special was that he was in residence for the entire spring semester as a Fulbright scholar, working on long-term goals for pharmacy education and practice in Vietnam. Another thing that made it special is that his visit began discussions toward what promises to be a comprehensive, deep partnership between the University of Iowa and his home institution, Haiphong Medical University.

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Beyond the fun you’ll have and the memories you’ll make, is the cost of spending time in another country worth it in the long run? Studies say YES.

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There’s a lot of fear in our society today. Students who travel learn that fear is for people who don’t get out much. And they learn that the flip side of fear is understanding. Travelers learn to celebrate, rather than fear, the diversity on our planet. Learning in a different culture and place allows us to see our own challenges in sharp contrast, and with more clarity, as we observe smart people in other lands dealing with similar issues.

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Some University of Iowa students will delve into the Costa Rican forests during a time other college students choose to party or relax.

The UI Office of Study Abroad will allow students to spend this spring break studying environmental sustainability in and around the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica.

UI civil and environmental engineering Assistant Professor Craig Just said the trip is meant to spur students to be more sustainable in their daily lives after exploring an environment that’s largely been untouched by industrial growth.

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The ethnographic research elucidates ways in which young women’s care labor is appropriated by the state temporary employment as “free labor” in South Korea, building upon John Krinsky’s notion of free labor as state orchestrated exploitation of workers. Through experience of school social workers who are hired and laid off by the state-run Education Welfare Priority Project as a window of thinking about gendered free labor, this talk examines the uniqueness of South Korean education and welfare reforms in the context of constructing two kinds of youth subjects through the Project: first, older youth as care givers through unstable labor as school social workers; and second, younger youth as care receiver and psychological objects in the context of attributing their problems to individual and internal issues. Further, tracing recent unionization efforts among the school social workers, this talk attempts to understand the context of why and how care labor is not readily recognized as a source of exploitation among school social workers. The talk will contribute to advancing analytic tools for understanding the intersection of state employment/exploitation and gendered care labor as an emerging labor neoliberal sector.

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As America’s representative do their best to curtail our freedom of speech with the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, I couldn’t help but think of a place where Lamar Smith and his cosponsors could learn a lot about censorship. It’s a place that seems to be stuck in time, where I and 12 other University of Iowa students studied over winter break: Cuba.

Being there provided a fascinating look at the results of America’s Cuban foreign policy and a unique perspective on the embargo.

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Jake Krzeczowski watched as a small group of Cubans clothed in white chanted to the beat of drums. The University of Iowa journalism student observed the Santeria religious ceremony in El Bosque Del Rio, Cuba, a forest near Havana.

“I can’t say the word culture enough,” said Krzeczowski, a former Daily Iowan employee. “It’s an interesting place. There’s an absence of materialism, more community, rich culture and people from all walks of life.”

The trip was the first opportunity available for students since President Obama eased travel restrictions to the country for certain study-abroad programs from accredited universities and religious organizations.

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Evolutionary biologist John Logsdon and psychiatrist Scott Stuart will join professors Bluford Adams and Teresa Mangum (English), Katherine Eberle (Music), Elizabeth Heineman (History and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies), Marra and Page-White for this intriguing topic: women, hysteria and medicine. Please join us as a member of the audience at 5:00 on Friday, January 27, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

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"What am I doing here?" That question plagued me on that hot September day in 1982 when I first set foot in the house where I would be living with other participants on a Central College study abroad program in Mérida, Mexico. Blind from birth, I was accustomed to quickly taking in and adapting to new environments. But the open spaces, high ceilings, and large rooms so typical of Mérida's colonial architecture made this place feel like anything BUT home.

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As a Fulbrighter to India, I knew that I was expected to leave an indelible impact on the villages in which I conducted my research. After collecting considerable data from post-tsunami villages in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, I was finally presented with an opportunity to reciprocate the kindness that the villages had bestowed upon me.

While visiting a home in Paravaipettai, I noticed a shy, yet inquisitive girl peeking at me from a distant room. After calling for her to join the interview, I was confronted with the reason for her reluctance to join the group: the young girl, Sangeeta, was suffering from a severe cleft lip and palate.

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The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) was viewed with suspicion by Iron Curtain countries during the depths of the Cold War. The Eastern European writers who were allowed to participate could expect to be taken into custody immediately upon their return home, for debriefing to determine if their thinking had been polluted by contact with the decadent West.

Other writers were simply denied permission to depart for Iowa City. Among the writers from the Communist bloc who were prevented from attending, one stood out, although not immediately. The world is now mourning the Dec. 18 passing of Vaclav Havel, the widely honored first president of a democratic Czech Republic whose plans to attend the IWP were derailed 43 years ago.

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At the beginning I was very frustrated, I wish I would have been more prepared to answer questions. It was not easy explaining my impairments in another language. Also, I was not prepared for the doubt I would have to face from other people. I could see the worry in their eyes when I brought my bike home for the first time. The teachers would ask me everyday if the print in the book was too small. Looking back at it now, it was a tough first few weeks. I really had to give it my all in order to make people believe that I was fully capable of doing everything that a sighted person can do.

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Going to the different peace museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was one of the most interesting things I have ever been able to do. To see and hear the stories about what took place at Pearl Harbor and the atomic bomb was a great experience. Most people, especially minorities don’t think that trips like this are in their reach. Money is always an issue so they just give up on the idea. They just need to be told and motivated that there are ways to make things happen.

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Being a first-generation student, my family was pretty new to the whole college experience and the great opportunities of studying abroad. My father had always said, “Well can’t you learn French here?” while my mother tried to hide the emotions of not seeing her son for three whole months. After explaining to my parents the great opportunities and experiences that I would gather during my time in Europe, they were fully supportive. (Oh yeah, and some basic training on how to use Skype).

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Studying abroad during my undergrad years just was not feasible. As a graduate student, I found out about the India Winterim program and immediately grasped the opportunity to travel and do fieldwork in global health and epidemiology. I initially assumed that this would be something that I would participate in for leisure and did not think that this course would be applicable for graduate credit. I was really glad to hear that the program would count as one of my MS electives and am tremendously grateful for having had the opportunity to partake in the program.

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