The University of Iowa

WorldCanvass and WorldCanvass Studio


WorldCanvass® invites you to join us at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, for season eleven of International Programs’ unique, internationally focused discussions.  Live programs take place from 5:30-7 p.m. in this downtown Iowa City venue and the shows are free and open to the public.  

Come early to enjoy the pre-show catered reception, starting at 5 p.m.  

Joan Kjaer, director of communications and relations for UI International Programs, engages her guests from diverse disciplines in thoughtful conversation about questions and issues of global reach and personal impact. 

The programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on iTunes, the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the International Programs website. They are also streamed live on Facebook. University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen.

Joan Kjaer speaking to guests at WorldCanvass

WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer (left) with panelists from the program "The Crossroads Project," composer Laura Kaminsky (center), and UI Associate Professor Elizabeth Oakes (right).  


2019-2020 Season:

WorldCanvass programs take place from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City (near the pedestrian mall’s fountain).

September 19 - Art and the Face of War: Goya and Tolstoy

ReCap available here.

October 9 - Research at Iowa: Investigating Space, Cancer Treatments, and Iowa's Bioscience Priorities

ReCap available here.

November 21 - Simon Estes: A Life in Music (including presentation of the UI International Impact Award)

ReCap available here.

February 6 - The Future of Museums

ReCap available here.

February 21 - Coronavirus: Perceptions and Precautions

ReCap available here.

WorldCanvass Studio

WorldCanvass® Studio is a mobile version of our monthly discussion and performance series WorldCanvass.

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