University of Iowa

WorldCanvass and WorldCanvass Studio


WorldCanvass® invites you to join us at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, for season ten of International Programs’ unique, internationally focused discussions.  Live programs take place from 5:30-7 p.m. in this cool new 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, well known to public radio listeners in Eastern Iowa, has hosted WorldCanvass since its inception, engaging 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.  University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE (see photo below). Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen (

2018-2019 Season:

All 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).

October 9 - The Politics and Impact of Immigration
Visit the ReCap page for access to media coverage, audio files, and photos

November 13 - Educational Cross-fertilization: the Iowa/India Connection
Visit the ReCap page for access to media coverage, audio files, and photos

December 5 - U.S. Foreign Policy, Geopolitical Realignment, and Global Stability
Visit the ReCap page for access to media coverage, audio files, and photos

February 12 - Artificial Intelligence

March 13 - Family Planning in Developing and Rural Contexts

March 28 - What's in a Word? The Translator's Challenge (Major Project)

April 11 - Why School? International Perspectives on Education and Social Transformation (Provost's Global Forum)​​​

WorldCanvass Studio

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

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