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Interested in learning the basics of Chinese? Survival Chinese class is designed for tourists, exchange students, and anyone else who wants to speak basic Chinese for functional purposes. This class, offered by the UI Confucius Institute, is open to anyone age 14 and up. Students will gain a basic understanding of the Chinese language system, learn useful expressions for daily conversations, and be introduced to cultural performances and products to better understand and communicate in China.

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Interested in learning Taiji? Join the Confucius Institute for a free, five-week class! Classes will meet October 21 to November 18, 2014, on Tuesday evenings from 6:40-7:40 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will hold a Chinese dumpling making workshop for UI students and staff on Friday, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and no pre-registration is required.

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From noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, the popular Moroccan fusion group Hoba Hoba Spirit will share its music and artistic vison on a special edition of WorldCanvass at FilmScene. This WorldCanvass Studio program is produced in partnership with Hancher as part of a week-long Iowa City residency that accompanies the Friday, September 26, Hoba Hoba Spirit concert at CSPS (Legion Arts) in Cedar Rapids.

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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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FilmScene and WorldCanvass have recently joined forces in an effort to spark intellectual discussion and community in Iowa City. The new collaboration held its first event, “The Passion that Drives Innovation,” Tuesday night. The two organizations will continue to work together in hosting the University of Iowa television and radio discussion series WorldCanvass once a month on Tuesdays at FilmScene, 118 E. College St.

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Whether it’s the quest to build a better mousetrap or develop a promising new vaccine, it takes courage, inspiration, and out-of-the-box thinking to propel the creative spirit past stumbling blocks, early failures, and the sometimes tepid encouragement of others. It takes passion. At 5 p.m. on September 2, host Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests will discuss how personal passion can turn a shapeless idea into a tangible reality.

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The University of Iowa will host a Business Japanese Workshop for Japanese language teachers on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, led by Motoko Tabuse, professor of world languages from Eastern Michigan University.

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International Programs is pleased to announce a new partnership with FilmScene, Iowa City's non-profit cinema arts organization, which promises to bring a new flavor to IP’s television and radio series WorldCanvass.

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Topics covered in this episode:
- favorite foods from U.S.
- favorite foods from home country
- most interesting American habits

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