December 2011

Work, Intern or Volunteer Abroad (WIVA)   


 A new area of focus in the Study Abroad office this year is WIVA - or work, intern and volunteer abroad opportunities. UI students are showing increased interest in international experiences outside the classroom, and as Kelly Diggins explains, working in a foreign environment gives you to a completely different level of immersion into that culture and also prepares you for the job market. Read more.

International Classroom Journey (video)  



The International Classroom Journey program brings volunteer cultural ambassadors into Iowa K-12 classrooms for individually tailored presentations on international experiences, cultures and traditions. Watch this short video commercial about the program to learn more!

Protecting human rights through Archives 



Dr. Trudy Huskamp Peterson, former acting archivist of the United States, founding executive director of the Open Society Archives, and director of archives and records management for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was named the 2011 recipient of the International Impact Award for her unflagging commitment, even in the face of opposition and intimidation, to the protection and safe-keeping of at-risk documents in order that history may be preserved. Listen to Trudy on the WorldCanvass podcast on iTunes or see photos from this event.   

Highlight on international scholar: Henri Nkeupo    


Name: Henri Nkeupo 

Home country: Cameroon 

UI affiliation: Ph.D. candidate in International Trade Law and a research scholar for the UI College of Law

Nkeupo has been very impressed with the welcoming atmosphere of the community, and he's even visited local classrooms to speak about his home country and culture. In one visit, he had to explain to some high school students what their rights to culture and education are and show how those rights are sometimes violated in Africa.  


Nkeupo founded the African Trade Law Expert (ATLE) initiative to help African countries understand trade agreements and to show them how to make good use of those agreements. His goal is to help Africans understand the relationship between trade, environment and human rights in order to use trade as a developmental tool. For more information, visit

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Our next WorldCanvass program:
"Women, Hysteria and Medicine"
Date: Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum
Stay tuned for more details!

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