By Chrisopher Merrill* and Linda K. Kerber**
By Caroline Berg, The Daily Iowan.
With more than 50 counts of treason against him and five attempts on his life, Zimbabwean farmer Philemon Matibe began writing. What was first a journal of experiential record for the political refugee became a thick book of his life and trials.
Please join host Joan Kjaer at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol for the next WorldCanvass program, this time focusing on Latin America.
Guests include musicians Benjamin Coelho, UI associate professor of music, and Marcelo Kuyumjian, UI graduate student in music, performing classical and popular Brazilian works for piano and bassoon. Armando Duarte, UI professor of dance, along with Charlotte Adams, Eloy Barragan and Jennifer Kayle, all associate UI professors of dance, will discuss their choreography based on Latin themes.
The University of Iowa’s Center for Human Rights presents Jane Cranston, a lecturer and clinical instructor in the UI College of Education, who will discuss her trip to Pakistan to visit a girls’ boarding school. The event will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Room S301 of the Lindquist Center. This event is free and open to the public.
By Sarah Larson, The Daily Iowan
You may not know her, but Joan Kjaer likely wants to know you.
The Iowa City resident is curious about others.
“I’ve just always, always been interested in meeting people,” said Kjaer, who has a warm, motherly air about her. “I’m just always interested in people and their stories. I just like meeting new people. It happens very rarely that I don’t feel some connection with someone.”
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.
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.
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!
International Programs is helping coordinate the University of Iowa’s response to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti Sunday. While the International Student & Scholar Services has contacted UI’s Haitian students and Caribbean student groups, other offices are helping to get out the message about how the UI community can help those in need.
When University of Iowa geography professor Raj Rajagopal set out to find a model for how he wants the public to view the University’s three-year-old India Winterim Session—a three-week study abroad program—he didn’t have to look very far.
The WiderNet Project, a service project within The University of Iowa’s School of Library and Information Science, focuses on the improvement of educational technology systems by helping primarily universities, secondary schools, and hospitals worldwide furnish people with access to computers, digital information, and the Internet.
A new course has been developed for Spring 2010, (008:164) entitled “Topics in Transnational Literature: Journeys Across Cultures in African and Caribbean Literature and Film.” In this class, Professor Marie Kruger will explore many kinds of journeys through film and literature.
WorldCanvass received a few interesting things to broadcast for the holidays this year: a talking drum, internet in a box and a childrens’ book about HIV/AIDS. This can only mean one thing: a trip to Africa!
The new International Programs public programming initiative explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape.
Joan Kjaer kicked off WorldCanvass before a full house on November 13, 2009, for the inaugural program focused on human rights. The Old Capitol Senate Chamber was alive with intrigue as the guests discussed important issues in international human rights.
Lisa Weaver’s third-floor office is still bare. She only began teaching journalism at the UI in August. She moved to Iowa City in June. Before that it was Pittsburgh. Yet even before that it was China, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Weaver spent most of her extensive journalism career in China, where she went in 1987. Now, she’s using that experience in her class on international journalism.