The long history of Latino presence in the Midwest and the changing demographics of our region will be among the topics discussed on the October 5 WorldCanvass program, The Latino Midwest. The free program will take place in Room 2780, University Capitol Centre from 5-7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. WorldCanvass is produced by International Programs and hosted by Joan Kjaer.
It's too big for one venue, so a new exhibit on the University of Iowa campus will be presented in both the Old Capitol Museum and the Iowa Memorial Union.
The exhibit, "Napoléon and the Art of Propaganda," features more than 120 drawings, prints, painting, sculptures, manuscripts, medals, and other objects. The exhibit opens Sept. 13 and continues through Jan. 29 in the Pentacrest Museums Gallery for Arts, Humanities, and Sciences in the Old Capitol Museum and in the Black Box Theater at the Iowa Memorial Union.
Season four of International Programs’ WorldCanvass series begins on Friday, Sept. 21, with a critical look at the life, times, triumphs, and defeats of one of the major figures in European history, Napoleon Bonaparte. Hosted by Joan Kjaer, WorldCanvass explores international topics through lively conversation between scholars and community experts. The program is produced in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum one Friday a month from 5-7 p.m., and is distributed widely through television, radio and iTunes. No tickets are required and the public is invited to attend.
When the UI Opera Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore in Des Moines’ Hoyt Sherman Place in late July, International Programs’ WorldCanvass will be on board.
On July 20, from 6-7 p.m., just preceding the first of two performances to be held in Des Moines’ Hoyt Sherman Place, WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer will interview stage director John Cameron, music director William LaRue Jones, set designer Margaret Wenk-Kuchlbauer, and members of the cast, sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the story of the opera and its creators, the challenges presented in staging and directing the opera, and much more. A special treat will come in the form of live performances from the H.M.S. Pinafore cast.
As a costume designer in the theater, I feel that my work often is a re-creation of memories. The actors and I create a life for the costumes and the characters, partly based in fact, and partly in imagination.
Working with other theater artists, we construct a world for the audience that they inhabit with the performers during a performance. That is the magic of theater — a shared existence in real time made up of memories and the suspension of disbelief.
There is great sweetness in remembering a work of art, particularly when it is an experience like a theater performance and you are surrounded by a crowd, a community of focused participants all sharing the same time and place.
That is why it is so vital to have theaters, museums and concert halls, both humble and grand, to experience art in community.
Join us for the final WorldCanvass of the 2011-2012 season when we consider the connections between art and memory. Memories live and resonate in both the conscious and unconscious spaces of our experience, but art allows for expression that moves beyond simple narrative. How does a poet draw upon memory? What does a masterful printmaker, painter, musician or writer take from his/her own personal experience and what is sheer imagination? Why is art such a powerful medium for the preservation and expression of a community’s cultural memory?
Is there anyone who doesn’t marvel as the next new technological phenomenon rolls off the production line? Whether you like the new gadget and desperately want one for yourself, or whether you think it may be the ruination of all that’s good and true in the world, you’re likely to gasp or shake your head with the realization that what was once beyond even the imagination of ordinary mortals is now a quotidian reality.
Science fiction scholars and a renowned filmmaker will join host Joan Kjaer on April 13 at 5:00 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber for what promises to be a robust discussion of the genre of science fiction, both in literature and in film. We’ll look at the genesis of science fiction and at its profusion around the globe, discussing recurrent themes and the impact of science fiction on both popular culture and everyday assumptions about the future. We’ll also meet the artist who brought us SLEEP DEALER, award-winning filmmaker Alex Rivera.
Japan’s fascinating history, traditions, religious and spiritual expressions, economic achievements, and present-day challenges will be the topic of our next WorldCanvass. Join us at 5 p.m. on March 2 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City for this free event.
Humanity’s interaction with its natural environments, our use of the resources we have available to us, and the long-term viability of that use, pose major challenges for the 21st century. The University of Iowa is meeting those challenges on many fronts, from the daily operations of the institution to cutting-edge research that crosses almost all disciplines on our campus.
In recent years, we have seen more and more of the university community getting involved in efforts to improve sustainability practices. To give one example: Green Teams have formed across campus to evaluate and improve the ways that our various buildings handle waste, recycling and energy consumption.
Finley, a member of the University of Iowa Net Impact chapter, will speak at today’s Sustainability Summit in the IMU alongside representatives from Coca-Cola, UPS, and Iowa-based Kum & Go. The summit is part of an all-day sustainability effort on campus, to be followed by a UI International Programs-produced WorldCanvass sustainability history presentation in the Old Capitol.
Abstract: As we approach the 200th anniversary of the massive eruption of the Indonesian volcano Tambora, Gillen Wood’s Tambora Project reconstructs on a global scale the most destructive episode of abrupt climate change in the modern historical record. The volcanic sulfate veil produced by Tambora in the period 1815-18 altered global weather patterns, initiating the first global cholera pandemic, while famine, refugeeism and civil unrest threatened hard-hit nations from China to Western Europe to New England. The Tambora period thus offers a powerful historical illustration of the causal web linking climate change and the fate of human societies, reinforcing for us, in the twenty-first century, how climate destabilization can and is shaping world events.
WorldCanvass guests on February 10 will discuss the history and concept of sustainability from varied vantage points and disparate disciplines, ranging from law and engineering to business, art, film and literary studies.
Sustainability is one of the watchwords of our era. It’s been described as the capacity to endure, and it speaks to the inter-relationships between humans and nature and what it takes to exist in harmony, both in the present time and long into the future.
Hysteria and its implications for attitudes toward and relationships between the sexes will be highlighted in the upcoming University Theatre production of Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” directed by Meredith Alexander.
Opening Feb. 10, the play takes a look at the use of the vibrator (yes, that kind of vibrator) as clinical treatment for hysteria.
Evolutionary biologist John Logsdon and psychiatrist Scott Stuart will join professors Bluford Adams and Teresa Mangum (English), Katherine Eberle (Music), Elizabeth Heineman (History and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies), Marra and Page-White for this intriguing topic: women, hysteria and medicine. Please join us as a member of the audience at 5:00 on Friday, January 27, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.