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On February 3, 2015, Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests discussed the the complicated and controversial issues surrounding the legality and use of tobacco and marijuana with a special focus on the tension between personal liberty and the public good. This is a "ReCap" of the event with access to see and hear the full program.

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On January 20, 2015, Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests kicked off the Unversity of Iowa's first theme semester "Food for Thought" with a discussion on food and its relationship to community, heritage, and identities. This is a "ReCap" of the event with access to see and hear the full program.

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The UI’s “Food for Thought” project—its first ever theme semester—offers a platform for engagement on campus and throughout the state around one of life’s constants…food. Join host Joan Kjaer at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20 at FilmScene in downtown Iowa City as she and her guests discuss the ways in which food affects us as individuals and binds us as members of communities.

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On December 9, 2014, Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests discussed Gender and Identity. The program explored the sometimes evolving nature of self-identification, activism to create community and promote LGBTQ rights, and the ways in which LGBTQ individuals navigate their identities in different locations and cultural settings. This is a ReCap of the event with access to see and hear the full program.

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On November 18, 2014, Joan Kjaer and a panel of guests discussed “The Tenacious Cycle of Poverty, Hunger, and Disease” as part of a special edition of WorldCanvass. The program included the presentation of the 2014 International Impact Awards and followed with a screening of “The Last Hunger Year” at FilmScene. This is a ReCap of the event with access to see and hear the full program.

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On October 14, 2014, Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests took a close look at Brazil today in the program Snapshot: Brazil. Watch and hear the full program and see some of the social activity surrounding this exciting event.

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At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, WorldCanvass will explore contemporary Brazil. Our immense neighbor to the south—comprising roughly the same land mass as the U.S.—is the world’s fifth largest country and seventh largest economy. Bursting with biodiversity and undergoing rapid development, Brazil faces a host of tough choices for both its people and the natural environment. Our discussion will reach beyond the brilliant beaches and soccer arenas to reflect on the multi-cultural legacy of Brazil’s complex past as seen in everything from its language to uniquely Brazilian artistic expressions to the political and social dynamics that are actively shaping the Brazil of the 21st century.

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In a ruling last month, the Indian Supreme Court gave Indians the right to choose their gender and created a “third gender” category for those who don’t identify as either male or female. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks to two UI experts about the ruling: Philip Lutgendorf and Aniruddha Dutta.

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The astonishing scientific and medical advances of recent decades have led to previously unimaginable revelations about the human body’s innermost secrets. On the May 9 WorldCanvass, a diverse panel of experts will discuss the language of the brain and what we’re learning about mind and body interactions. The public is invited to attend the live recording of WorldCanvass, from 5-7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

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A unique and exciting endeavor that merges art and science in a reflection on the beauty, intricacy, and fragility of our planet will be the cornerstone of the next WorldCanvass. The Crossroads Project brings together scientists, artists, musicians, and others to explore climate change and the challenge of sustainability through the complementary languages of science and art. WorldCanvass takes place on April 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The program is free and open to the public.

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