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WorldCanvass, International Programs’ unique, internationally focused discussion program, brings scholars, community members, and thought leaders together before a live audience to consider questions and issues of the day from a wide range of perspectives.

Our interconnected world and the rich scholarly resources present on our campus offer endless opportunities for informed, inspiring, and reflective conversation. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer skillfully guides the conversation, engaging her guests in a cross-disciplinary exploration of the program theme.

WorldCanvass is free and open to the public.

2023-2024 Season

November 2, 2023 -- International Impact and Global Student Awards

Joan Kjaer
WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer

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WorldCanvass in the News

Linda Baker with husband Dale

Philanthropist Linda R. Baker to receive UI International Impact Award at Nov. 2 WorldCanvass

Thursday, August 24, 2023
As part of the University of Iowa’s annual celebration of International Education Week, International Programs will host a WorldCanvass program to present both the International Impact Award and the Global Student Awards for 2023.
Meitar Ensemble

WorldCanvass to host Israeli contemporary musicians as part of Provost's Global Forum, April 17

Thursday, March 9, 2023
The program will blend live musical performances and conversation with ensemble members about the pieces to be performed during the forum and, more generally, about the contemporary music scene in Israel.   
Stanley Museum of Art on sunny day

WorldCanvass to feature UI Stanley Museum of Art on February 2

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
We’ll go inside the minds of the director and curators to better understand their conceptualization of the collection within its new walls.

Where to Access

Apple Podcast
Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

WorldCanvass is a production of International Programs in partnership with the UI Stanley Museum of Art.  Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen.