June 2012

Take a trip East with Lens on China blog



New to International Accents is Lens on China, a weekly summer blog series about life in China by International Programs intern and UI alum Lauren Katalinich.  Lauren spent the last year living and working as an English teacher in Chengdu and shares her observations on teaching, eating, traveling, and getting by in the tumultuous world that is China in 2012. Read her first and second entries here.

WorldCanvass takes to the high seas July 20  


 HMS PinaforeOn July 20, WorldCanvass will embark on a high-seas adventure with a behind-the-scenes look at the UI Opera Theatre production

of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore in Des Moines.  In a pre-performance interview, directors and cast members will discuss the work that went into creating the show and give a sneak-peek performance! For more information about the event and how you can join us, read here.

Sushi Workship wins UI Program Award


Say yes to sushi!
Congratulations to the Mayflower Sushi Workshop for winning the 2012 Best Educational Program of the Year Award. Led by Yume Hikada, the event drew over 100 participants who, along with their sushi, made cards to be sent to children in Japan still suffering the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake/tsunami.  

Learn more.

Global literacy coming to the classroom


The Global Education Summer Institute for Teachers, a professional development opportunity for educators across Iowa, was held June 11-13, 2012, on the UI campus. This unique program focused on equipping teachers with the tools they need to prepare their students for all things international - from cultural communication to global issues and markets.  

See photos from this year's workshop.

Dean's blog: Invest in Asia 


downing thomas

In his latest blog entry, Dean Downing Thomas shares his thoughts on President Mason's trip to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China with a group of Iowa leaders this summer. He writes about the benefits of investment in Asia and stresses the importance for Iowa to continue developing its global relationships as we move into the future. You can read his entry here. 

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