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Journalist, author, and activist Roger Thurow and tropical medicine specialist Dr. Selma Jeronimo have been named the winners of the 2014 International Impact Awards. UI President Sally Mason and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas will present the awards to Thurow and Jeronimo at 5 p.m., November 18, at FilmScene in downtown Iowa City as part of the television/radio/internet program WorldCanvass. The ensuing discussion will focus on the tenacious cycle of poverty, hunger, and disease which afflicts so many parts of our globe—and some of the creative efforts worldwide to break the cycle.

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Brazil lives in the popular imagination as an exotic, tropical landscape whose glorious beaches offer stunning vacation destinations. For some, the mention of Brazil stirs thoughts of unrestrained logging, all-but-unknown indigenous populations along the Amazon and over-crowded cities where the disparities between rich and poor couldn’t be sharper. And yet for others, Brazil is a 21st-century powerhouse, bursting with plentiful natural resources and rich with development opportunities.

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The popular Moroccan fusion group Hoba Hoba Spirit shared its music and artistic vision on a special edition of WorldCanvass at FilmScene on Thursday, Sept. 25. The WorldCanvass Studio program was produced in partnership with Hancher as part of Hoba Hoba Spirit's week-long Iowa City residency. Here is a "ReCap" of the event with access to hear the full program.

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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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On September 2, 2014, Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests discussed "The Passion that Drives Innovation" at FilmScene in downtown Iowa City. Listen to the audio, watch the videos, see the photos, or browse the social interaction from the night's show!

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Blake Rupe and Ruihao Min are two recent University of Iowa graduates who have made a splash in the technology world, winning awards and participating in special programs, respectively. The two inventors’ accomplishments and stories were featured Tuesday on WorldCanvass, a UI show filmed at local cinema FilmScene.

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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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The hallmark of this new century has been one of disruption. Dynamic change no longer comes in the form of incremental process. New ideas and technologies emerge every day, threatening existing systems and our entire economic structure, while simultaneously creating new opportunities. For those who thought the rise of automation and globalization of the past century were difficult to weather, the near future looks to be even more turbulent. As we endure the frenetic pace of change happening in many aspects of life, we experience impatience in areas where it is not. Right now there are innovators, idealists and entrepreneurs with the courage to rethink every facet of our world. Education, transportation, healthcare, finance and agriculture, all cornerstones of the Iowa City area economy, are in the crosshairs for these disruptors.

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International Programs and FilmScene will celebrate their new WorldCanvass partnership with a public launch party on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. at FilmScene. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to come explore WorldCanvass’ new home and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and live music on the rooftop patio. There will be brief remarks at 8 p.m.

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