The Peace Car Comes to IWU

“What is the Peace Car?” you ask. It’s an eco-friendly (and so cute) Smart Car that allows Peace Corps staff to travel throughout the Midwest to find the next generation of Peace Corps volunteers and to share the Corps’ mission. And the Peace Car will visit IWU this coming Monday, September 14.  So, come out […]

In honor of Valentine’s Day…

In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate some of the ways in which other countries honor love. Malaysia: For Chap Goh Meh, the last day of the Chinese New Year, single women traditionally throw mandarin oranges into the sea.  Int he past, they would hold the orange and dream of their ideal man, but nowadays, […]

Not My Monkey..

“Not my monkey, not my circus.” That’s how a Polish person says that something is not her problem. And when a Swede wants to tell you not to worry, he’ll say, “There’s no cow on the ice.” Different cultures have different idioms–short-hand phrases that carry a meaning different from what the actual words would suggest. […]


IWU recently received a $100,000 grant from the Freeman Asia Foundation to support summer internships in Asia.  One of the available internships includes doing research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. Did you know that there are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that grow across every continent except on Antarctica?  […]

Random Acts of Kindness

Need a coffee but haven’t the money? In Naples, you might be in luck. Coffee (*good* coffee) is seen as such an important part of life there that Neapolitans have created a way to help those who can’t afford a still enjoy one. It’s called caffè sospeso, or “suspended coffee”: one person pays for two […]

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015!  And welcome to the new Global Features blog, where we highlight international activities on campus, celebrate holidays from around the world, and generally explore all things international.