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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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At 5 p.m. on March 28 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum, a panel of regional and international experts will join WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer to discuss the global reality of child abuse and neglect, its impact on children and the adults they later become, and interventions that may be appropriate both before and after the abuse occurs. WorldCanvass will be recorded before a live audience and the public is invited to attend.

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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stephen Maing will join WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and a panel of expert guests at 5 p.m., February 21, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber to discuss the evolution of film over the last hundred years, both as a vehicle for imaginative storytelling and a genre for commentary, the promotion of social action, and cultural critique. The event is free and open to the public.

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What do we remember and why? Are the narratives that define us accurate portrayals or manipulations of the historical reality? What do we embellish and what do we purge from our collective memory? Host Joan Kjaer and her guests on WorldCanvass will discuss these questions and more on Friday, January 24, when the topic is cultural memory and commemoration.

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On the next WorldCanvass, host Joan Kjaer and her guests will discuss teaching innovation with a focus on creative and high-impact ways teachers are engaging the minds of University of Iowa students, contributing to both student academic success and faculty professional development. The live event takes place on Friday, December 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum.

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Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, a Chilean alumnus of the UI College of Engineering and advocate of socially responsible and sustainable environmental practices, has been named the winner of the 2013 International Impact Award. President Sally Mason and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas will present the award to Dr. Mena-Carrasco at 5 p.m., November 8, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum immediately preceding the taping of the television/radio/internet program “WorldCanvass: The Social Impact of Sustainability.” The public is invited to attend both the program and the following reception.

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