World problems become personal through the Iowa International Center’s Dialogue Series, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, with support from Drake University, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Des Moines Public Library. The free monthly talks offer an easy way for Iowans to learn about and appreciate other cultures. The sessions run from noon to 1 p.m.—bring your questions and lunch—on the first Tuesday of the month at Central Library downtown.
Next up, March 4: Kavilash Chawla, an international business expert working at Drake through May, will speak on “Social Entrepreneurship and the Arab Spring.” On April 1, Selin Yildiz Nielsen, who’s also teaching at Drake and recently spent considerable time in Syrian refugee camps, addresses “Schooling in a Crisis: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Turkey.” Find videos of past speakers here.
Other Iowa International Center happenings:
• Iowans with limited English proficiency will have critical access to emergency services, thanks to a Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant. Hospitals, domestic violence shelters and other social service providers can call the one-of-a-kind, around-the clock hotline, which provides interpreters for 220 languages.
• Himar Hernandez, with Iowa State University Extension, and Kate Wolfe, a Hy-Vee Inc. executive, have joined the Iowa International Center’s board of directors. —Kellye Crocker