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.
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.
Some novels deserve multiple readings. Some issues deserve sustained attention. And some relationships make things happen.
“Iowa and ‘Invisible Man’: Making Blackness Visible” will give audiences an opportunity to contemplate Ralph Ellison’s 1952 award-winning novel, “Invisible Man,” from a new perspective. With the help of the University of Iowa, Ellison’s fictional discussion of blackness also will join the ranks of great drama.
On WorldCanvass: Iowa and Invisible Man, host Joan Kjaer and her guests will reflect on the life and work of Ralph Ellison and his place among other African-American writers of his era; the staging of Invisible Man, happening first at the UI; the benefits of integrating performance into the classroom as a teaching tool; and the history of African-Americans at the UI and in Iowa.
At 5:00 p.m. on November 11th, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber, Joan Kjaer will host a very special edition of WorldCanvass where, in addition to a full program that is free and open to the public, University of Iowa President Sally Mason will present the second annual International Impact Award to Dr. Trudy Huskamp Peterson. Former acting archivist of the United States, founding executive director of the Open Society Archives, and director of archives and records management for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Dr. Peterson’s achievements are of the very highest order. The award recognizes her tenacious commitment, sometimes in the face of intimidation, to the protection and appropriate dissemination of documents that tell truths that some would rather never be told. Through her work, records that have been subject to the ravages of war are given a voice to reveal abuses of power that otherwise may never have come to light.
International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, will be celebrated at the University of Iowa Friday, Nov. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 17, offering several opportunities for the public to engage in international activities around campus. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Telling: Iowa City hopes to change that. This unique theatrical production will bring men and women to the stage–including six University of Iowa student veterans and other Iowa veterans from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force–to share their experiences working in field hospitals in Vietnam, flying through the oil-filled skies of Desert Storm or otherwise serving in Afghanistan, North Carolina, and at the Pentagon.
WorldCanvass will kick off the University of Iowa’s observance of International Education Week with the presentation of the second annual International Impact Award and an examination of the experience of being the other from 5-7 p.m., Friday, November 11, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the formal program.
Members of the public can learn about the history of Mongolian folk music group AnDa Union, as well as learn their unique guttural throat singing technique, during two free events Oct. 27 and 28 sponsored by International Programs.
The Confucius Institute will host an interactive throat singing workshop Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. Members of AnDa Union will lead workshop participants through the traditional techniques that define their musical style.
Want to experience something fantastic, even otherworldly?
Can you imagine standing on the grasslands of Mongolia and listening to the ancient art of throat-singing?
Most likely, you’ve never heard anything like it, and you’ll never forget it if you join us for a live performance and discussion with AnDa Union on Oct. 28. The music and conversation start at noon in room 2780, University Capitol Centre. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
This announcement appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Oct. 6, 2011.
The next WorldCanvass program from University of Iowa International Programs will explore “New Culture and New Welfare in South Asia: the Arts in India” at 5 p.m. Friday in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The production is part of a larger UI conference of the same name today through Saturday, and all events are free and open to the public.