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The following articles have been collected from the departments and programs within the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. For specific news articles from one of these departments or programs, please visit the following pages:

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Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures News

Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Culture Symposium: Advocating for DEI in the Academy, Oct 6th-8th

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Part of understanding race in America means understanding that anti-Blackness, ethnic discrimination, and colonialism are global issues. Acknowledging and addressing structural inequalities in the cultures that Division of World Language, Literatures, and Cultures and its constituent units represent, and how they advantage some and disadvantage others, is an essential part of our curricula and research programs, and innovative learning takes place in many forms. We look forward to a multidisciplinary dialogue and exchange of ideas concerning global ethnic and antiracism studies.

Sharing the Voices of History

Thursday, September 15, 2022
María Márquez Ponce’s current internship centers upon Latinx immigrants’ and Native Americans’ stories and experiences in Iowa, and she has seen her personal and scholarly interests collide. After sorting archival materials and establishing a timeline for cultural events affiliated with the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC), she’s started reaching out to affiliated students, faculty, staff, and alumni from past years.

University of Iowa Introduces BA in Translation

Friday, May 13, 2022
The University of Iowa is meeting a pressing need for undergraduate training in translation with a new Bachelor of Arts in Translation. Drawing on the university’s recognized strength in writing and communication, the degree will be the first BA in Translation to be offered at a Research 1 university in the U.S. The new major builds on the success of Iowa’s undergraduate minor in Translation for Global Literacy and responds to increasing demand for translation skills in an increasingly international job market. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 24% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Goldrush Campaign for Anne Frank Sapling

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
On February 23, 1944, a 15-year-old girl gazed from an attic window at the topmost branches of a tree. In her diary, she wrote, “I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists…and I may live to see it, this sunshine, these cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy.” The girl was Anne Frank. She would die in a concentration camp less than a year after penning that entry. Decades later, the tree succumbed to old age; before it was removed, however, germinated chestnuts were collected, saplings sprouted, and Anne’s trees now grow all over Europe. Only a dozen so-called Anne Frank trees are rooted on U.S. soil, including at the Boston Commons and a 9/11 memorial park in New York City. The thirteenth will be planted on the University of Iowa Pentacrest on April 29, 2022. The tree was awarded to our campus and community in recognition of our literary heritage, for the UI’s excellence in tree stewardship, and in observation of the Pentacrest’s long history as a space of peaceful youth activism.

Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Culture: Advocating for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academy

Monday, December 6, 2021
A symposium organized by the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures (DWLLC) at the University of Iowa, supported by an International Programs Major Projects Grant. Following the resurgence of protests against racialized police violence since May 2020, citizens, activists, artists, and academic communities across the globe have renewed efforts to reflect on and respond to issues of race and ethnicity and racial and ethnic discrimination. The Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures has joined these efforts.

News from around the Division

A Talk in Spanish with Dr. Jorge Salinas

Monday, October 31, 2022
A Talk in Spanish with Dr. Jorge Salinas
Location: 318 Phillips Hall
Date/Time: Nov. 4th @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Giovanni Zimotti Educator Award Recipient

Thursday, October 20, 2022
The Educator Award honors an innovative teacher/professor who has published and/or used a significant body of OER over a sustained period (at least one year) in his/her teaching practice. An individual whose open course materials and professional practices have been recognized as having an impact and influencing peers to share more openly

Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement Award for Prof. Kirsten Kumpf Baele

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
The Department of German congratulates Prof. Kirsten Kumpf Baele on receiving one of three awards for Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 2021-22. We are pleased that the College has recognized Prof. Kumpf Baele’s exemplary efforts to involve high school and college students as well as nationally and internationally recognized scholars in engaging with Anne Frank and her legacy in Spring 2022 during the Provost’s Global Forum and the Anne Frank Sapling planting.

International Studies Major Maria Osman is a UI Study Abroad Correspondent during her semester in Jordan

Thursday, October 13, 2022
International Programs is excited to announce our Study Abroad Correspondents for the fall 2022 semester! These diverse voices will provide first-hand accounts of what UI students experience while studying abroad.