International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents a forum titled “What Makes a Man? Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Identity and Masculinity” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.
The inaugural lecture in Latin American Studies to honor Charles A. Hale will be held Thursday, March 4, 2010, when the topic is “"The Paradoxes of Truth: Reckoning with Pinochet and the Memory Question in Chile and World Culture, 1989-2006." The lecture is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and the Department of History and will be presented by Steve J. Stern.
International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents the first forum for the spring 2010 titled “Life is Calling: Examining the Peace Corps after 49 Years” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 1, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.
The panelists, all returned Peace Corps volunteers, will discuss their experiences in the Peace Corps and examine the history and politics of the institution and its work.
Kjaer interviews NEH Chairman Jim Leach
Mara Mills, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn and an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara (on leave 2009-10), will give a talk as part of the University of Iowa International Programs Major Project at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.
Mills’ talk, titled “Cut-ups for Squares: Audio Tape and Speech Compression, 1945-1960,” will explore the use of tape “cut-ups” in industrial and scientific settings, mainly in the interests of efficient communication.
Please join us at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol for the next WorldCanvass program, this time focusing on Asia.
We’ll learn about the ancient art of Japanese papermaking from Timothy Barrett, research scientist at the UI Center for the Book. Barrett is a 2009 MacArthur Award-winner and has spent years researching the art of papermaking.
Deogratias Ngonyani, associate professor of linguistics and African languages at Michigan State University, will give a talk titled “Kiswahili and Political Discourse in Tanzania” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City. The talk, sponsored by the University of Iowa African Studies Program, is free and open to the public.
Director Kobina Aidoo will introduce a screening of his documentary, “The Neo-African-Americans,” followed by a panel discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Illinois Room (Room 348) of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.
Aidoo an immigrant from Ghana, documents how rapid, voluntary immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is transforming the African-American narrative.
Nicole Nisly, M.D., UI interim chief diversity officer and associate vice president, will introduce Aidoo who will introduce the film.
International Programs presents a special edition of WorldCanvass, called WorldCanvass Studio, which will take place in the International Commons (Room 1117) at University Capitol Centre from noon-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17. WorldCanvass Studio is a new, mobile version of our monthly discussion and performance series WorldCanvass, held in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol.
A new University of Iowa-community collaboration, “WorldPrairie,” will make its debut from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, featuring interviews and conversation about U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East at M.C. Ginsberg, 110 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.
Gerhild Krapf will moderate a discussion between the panelists, two high-level officials from the French government who are participating in a visit with the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).
Matthew Davis will read from his travel memoir “When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Prairie Lights in downtown Iowa City as part of the Prairie Insight program.
At 23, Davis moved to a remote Mongolian village to teach English. There he was caught in a downward spiral of alcohol abuse and violence, a scenario he saw played out by many of the Mongolian men around him. His book tells the tale of his personal struggles, interlaced with essays on Mongolian history and culture.
Imagine a wondrous place where ancient cultures, languages and traditions intermix with a 21st century economy and a people’s rising expectations. Imagine colors, sounds and smells that permeate the senses.
Join Joan Kjaer and her guests for the next WorldCanvass at 5 p.m. on February 12, 2010, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The line-up of interesting, experienced and intelligent guests just gets better every month!
A new town-gown tradition is debuting with the first Prairie InSight program, a partnership between International Programs at the University of Iowa, Prairie Lights Books and City Channel 4.
Joan Kjaer hosts the inaugural production of WorldCanvass.
Click here to read an article about WorldCanvass in “Spectator @ Iowa,” a monthly newsletter for UI alumni and friends.
Please join host Joan Kjaer for live music and engaging conversation on WorldCanvass® for January’s intriguing topic: “Taping the World.” The program will be recorded before a live audience on January 22, 2010, from 5-7 PM in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum and later broadcast over UITV and KRUI-FM.