May 2012

UI Student wins Critical Language Scholarship


Brandon Jennings -- a recent grad and IP intern -- is one of three UI students awarded the prestigious
Critical Language Scholarship. The U.S. government sponsored scholarship is part of an effort to aid students in mastering certain "critical foreign languages." Brandon will study Arabic in Morocco this summer/fall. Read more.

UICHR One Community, One Book Choice 2012


Kao Kalia Yang's poignant narrative, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir tells the story of her family's journey of  assimilation from the jungles of Laos to the neighborhoods of St. Paul, Minn., after the Vietnam War and is this year's book of choice for the 12th annual One Community, One Book reading program sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights. So put it one on your summer reading list and join us at the to-be-announced discussion forums this coming fall!

Student video blogger explores Southern France


Hasta luego Espaņa, bonjour France! One UI video blogger takes a break from her studies in Spain to experience the delights of Marseilles and Avignon. The wine! The pastries! The sea! Watch here for a visual journey of southern France in the springtime.

7 students funded for human rights internships


Seven UI students will intern with human rights organizations and NGOs around the world this summer thanks to funding  from the annual UI Center for Human Rights Kenneth Cmiel Human Rights Internship Program. From working with AIDS victims in NYC to advocating for children's rights in the West Bank, these remarkable students have some big plans for the summer. Learn more for
about these students and their chosen projects. 

The Gap Year dilemma


The decision to take a gap year to travel, volunteer or work after high school is a difficult but increasingly popular one amongst graduates. UI student Louis Everett Livingstone is a gap year success story, and he has continued to quench his thirst for adventure by participating in programs in Cuba and Morocco while at Iowa. Read more about gap year pros and cons from this Chicago Sun-Times article.

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