February 2015 | international.uiowa.edu  

International Programs Annual Report 2014
2014 was yet another great year for International Programs. Take a look through the 2014 Annual Report for the latest statistics, stories and developments in our work to make the University of Iowa campus and community a better, more globally-engaged place.

Iowa City community working to bridge gap with Chinese students
In this local TV news special KCRG-TV reports on the relationship between the Iowa City community and its growing Chinese student population including efforts by the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) to ease international student adjustment and integration into the community.

UI Student Experiences: Allison Kindig
The Student Experience - Allison Kindig "My travels abroad have changed the way I view engineering and the impact we can have as engineers." 
-Allison Kindig on her India Winterim experience

Allison Kindig, 2014 UI Homecoming Queen and a Stanley Grant for International Research award winner, was recently featured in Iowa Now's Student Experience series. In this video, Allison reflects on her decision to come to Iowa, her impactful experiences abroad, and plans for the future.

Study Abroad to host international trivia night, Feb 12

Study Abroad will host an international trivia night on Thursday, February 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at The Mill in Iowa City.  Returned UI study abroad students and friends are invited to show off their international knowledge in an evening of conversation and trivia. The trivia game will be hosted by our own Jeopardy! champion and study abroad advisor, Sarah McNitt. Pizza catered by the Mill will be provided. 

Worldcanvass RECAP: Food for Thought

Learn about the slow food movement in Iowa, the fascinating start-up story behind Iowa City's Oasis Falafel, why some students prefer a boxed cake to a homemade one, and much more in this WorldCanvass ReCap! The ReCap from last month's WorldCanvass: Food for Thought features video and audio recordings of the entire show, social media activity, and photos. 

The story behind the UI's Irish Writing Program
"Our program is often the first time students have had the time to think seriously about their writing life...Invariably, they ask the big question: Will I dedicate my life to writing? My job is to help them answer that question honestly." - Martin Roper
Dublin native Martin Roper tells the story of the UI's Irish Writing Program abroad that he started nearly 20 years ago while an MFA student in the UI's Non-Fiction Writing Program.

Arab Spring in a Global Context to be subject of 
2015 Provost's Global Forum
Events associated with the Arab Spring and their impact on society are complex and difficult to understand. In this guest column for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, UI professor Ahmed Souaiaia highlights the opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the public to learn about the transformative events of the Arab Spring through many activities and programs, including the 2015 Provost's Global Forum, that will be offered this spring semester.

Program at UI State Hygienic Lab promotes cultural awareness
Employees at the UI State Hygienic Lab had the opportunity to participate in a new program to promote cultural understanding among the diverse staff at the lab. The program included pronunciation classes, lunch and learn sessions about different employees' home countries and cultures, and a cultural film series.

Tuesday, March 3
5:00-6:30 p.m.
at FilmScene,
118 E College St

Listen online to past programs or download podcasts for free on iTunes 

Feb 16
SASP seminar: Whither the Silk Road
The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) at the University of Iowa will kick off its spring seminar series with a talk by Dr. Scott Levi titled "Whither the Silk Road? The View from Early Modern India" on Monday, Feb 16 at 4:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public. Chai and samosas will be served.

Feb 17
Traverse the Great Wall: Study in China info session

 100K Strong Foundation student ambassadors will discuss opportunities for students to study abroad in China, scholarships available, and personal anecdotes of living and studying in China on Tuesday, Feb 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. 

Feb 18
Study Abroad info session: Iowa Hispanic Summer Institute

Study Abroad will host an information session on its popular summer Iowa Hispanic Institute program in Valladolid, Spain, on Wednesday, Feb 18 from 4-5:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

Feb 19
Korean New Year

The Iowa City King Sejong Institute will hold its Korean New Year celebration on Thursday, Feb 19 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Old Brick. Event will feature Korean folk games, Taekwondo demonstration, rice cake soup tasting, and more!

Feb 20
Chinese New Year celebration
The UI Confucius Institute will host a Chinese New Year celebration on Friday, Feb 20 from 6-7:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Center. The event will feature Chinese refreshments, dumplings and cultural performances and games.

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