The following commentary by Peggy Mills appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Mills is a professor of Russian at The University of Iowa.
Join us on April 8 when WorldCanvass guests examine the public and private lives of women in Russia and Eastern Europe during the years since the collapse of the Soviet era. An international panel of guests will highlight the themes of a major conference taking place at the University of Iowa on April 7 and 8 called “20 Years after the Berlin Wall: Women’s Shifting Roles and Status in Post-Communist Europe.”
By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan
Dinner-table conversations at the Kjaer house centered around politics and ideas. Growing up near her Danish grandparents and a father who taught world history, life for Joan Kjaer revolved around diverse cultures.
“I never thought the world was a scary place,” she said. “I just wanted to know more.”
An upcoming conference funded by a University of Iowa International Programs Major Project grant will look closely at the status of women in Russia and Eastern Europe in the years since the collapse of the Soviet era.
Commentary by Bob Libra for the Press-Citizen
How can there be a world water crisis on a planet that is two-thirds covered with water? The other third, with an uneven distribution of fresh water supplies, is covered as well — with 7 billion water-users.
Water to drink is a basic need, but fresh water has many other uses. Water means food. Water means energy. Water means sanitation. Water means ecosystems that work. Water means security. And water means profit.
This announcement appeared in Eastern Iowa Life.
Water and its relationship to the environment, global health, development and the rights of individuals and communities will be the topic of the next WorldCanvass on Friday, March 25 in Rm. 2780 of the University Capitol Centre. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department’s touring repertory company, will kick off its 2011 season — its 27th — with a “home concert” at 8 p.m.
Produced by International Programs at the University of Iowa, WorldCanvass® explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape. All programs are free and open to the public.
The East African nation of Tanzania is well known for its extraordinary wildlife reserves, pristine Indian Ocean beaches and political stability. Often it is described as an oasis of peace in a very troubled neighborhood.
Unlike four of its next-door neighbors, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, Tanzania has avoided massive civil violence. Last month, however, its reputation for stability was shaken.
East Africa is the destination for the next WorldCanvass and you’re invited to come along as a member of the live audience.
How did a German Jewish cabaret performer escape the Nazis to become a world-famous artist, feminist and activist?
And why did her estate give her works and papers to the University of Iowa?
Learn the answers to these questions and more by visiting a new UIMA exhibition, Lil Picard and Counterculture New York, and by attending or listening in to the next WorldCanvass program at 5 p.m. Friday in the Old Capitol Museum.
The public is encouraged to attend the next recording of “WorldCanvass,” when guests will discuss the counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s. This free program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.
The program will examine the social history of the U.S. during the ’60s and ’70s, a time when youth culture rejected traditional views on everything from patriotism and government to sexuality and recreational drugs. Guests will discuss the movement’s influence on film, theater, art and pop culture in decades to come.
Join us at 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2011, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum when WorldCanvass guests explore the counterculture of the 60s and 70s. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
We’ll start by defining the term counterculture and looking at social history in the United States and Europe in the post WWII era, particularly during the 60s and 70s when many of the values and norms that defined the 50s were rejected and a youth culture challenged traditional views on everything from patriotism, the law and government to marriage, race, gender roles, sexuality and recreational drugs.