WorldCanvass and WorldCanvass Studio


International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa presents WorldCanvass® once a month before a live audience in the Senate Chamber of the historic Old Capitol Museum on the campus of the University of Iowa.

Joan KjaerJoan Kjaer hosts the series and, with her guests, explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of how individuals fit into the global landscape.

The programs are recorded by UITV for statewide broadcast over Iowa cable television systems, and videos are available on YouTube. All programs are archived on the International Programs website (scroll below for links to past programs) the Public Radio Exchange, and available as podcasts on  iTunes. WorldCanvass programs take place from 5-7 p.m. one Friday per month and are free and open to the public.

Note: WorldCanvass is no longer live streaming programs on International Programs’ website, and KRUI is no longer airing a live audio broadcast.

Watching and Listening:

Watch WorldCanvass on UITV's YouTube channel
Subscribe on iTunes
Download WorldCanvass Podcasts on iTunes for free and subscribe to future podcasts.
Public Radio Exchange
Listen to past WorldCanvass programs online for free at the Public Radio Exchange.

Current Season:

Fall 2013
September 20 - The Arts as Vocabulary
October 18 - The Rise of Chinese Public Opinion
November 8 - The Social Impact of Sustainability
December 6 - Teaching Innovation

Spring 2014
January 24 - Cultural Memory and Commemoration
February 21 - A Century of Film
March 28 - Child Protection: A Global Responsibility
April 11 - The Crossroads Project with the Fry Quartet
May 9 - The Language of the Brain


Past Programs:

Fall 2009
November 13 – Human Rights
December 11 – Africa

Spring 2010
January 22 – Taping the World
February 12 – India
March 5 – Asia
April 9 – Latin America
May 7 – Middle East

Fall 2010
September 10 – Documenting Humanity: A Sense of Place
October 8 – Slavery and Gender
November 12 – The Value of an International Education
December 10 – The American West of the Imagination

Spring 2011
January 28 – Counterculture of the 60s and 70s
February 18 – East Africa
March 25 – Starving for Water: The Global Water Crisis
April 8 – Women in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe
May 6 – Italian Art and Culture

Fall 2011
September 23 – Comics, Creativity and Culture
October 7 – New Culture and New Welfare in South Asia
November 11 – Being the Other
December 2 – Iowa and Invisible Man

Spring 2012
January 27 – Women, Hysteria and Medicine
February 10 – The History of Sustainability
March 2 – Japan
April 13 – Global Science Fiction
May 4 – Art and Memory

Fall 2012
September 21 - Napoleon and His Legacy
October 5 - The Latino Midwest  (Location: 2780 University Capitol Centre)
November 2 - IWP: Writing the Stories of the World
December 7 - Globalization and the World Economy

Spring 2013
January 25 - The Rupture of Civil War
February 15 - Genetics and New Technologies
March 8 - The Book Culture, Languages, and Arts of Indigenous Peoples
April 5 - Refugees in the Heartland 
May 3 - Remaking the Body: Identity and Body Modification


WorldCanvass Studio

WorldCanvass studio

WorldCanvass® Studio is a mobile version of our monthly discussion and performance series WorldCanvass. See below for past WorldCanvass Studio programs.




September 29, 2010 – ‘The Tenth Parallel’ author Eliza Griswold

March 4, 2011 – Dancers in Company

March 6, 2011 – James Zogby author “Arab Voices: What They are Saying to Us and Why it Matters”


October 3, 2011 – Roy Bennett and the Hard Road to Democracy in Zimbabwe

October 27, 2011 – The Caucasus as a Crossroads: Dagestan, Russia and Regional Security

October 28, 2011 – Traditional Mongolian group AnDa Union

July 20, 2012 - The Magic Behind the Production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore


October 27, 2012 – Face to Face

June 13, 2013 - A Global Look at Interpersonal Psychotherapy

WorldCanvass is a production of International Programs at the University of Iowa in partnership with the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums, UITV, and KRUI-FM. International Programs connects students, faculty, staff, and the Iowa community to the world.