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Please join us at the UI Stanley Museum of Art for the new season of WorldCanvass.  International Programs’ unique, internationally focused conversations bring scholars, community members, and thought leaders together before a live audience to discuss questions and issues of the day from a wide range of perspectives.

Host Joan Kjaer skillfully guides the conversation, engaging her guests in a cross-disciplinary exploration of the program theme, which could be anything from "Pursuing Racial Justice" to "Art and the Face of War" to "Climate Science and the Environment" to, well, you name it.  Our interconnected world and the rich scholarly resources present on our campus offer endless opportunities for informed, inspiring, and reflective conversation.

An exciting new partnership between International Programs and the UI Stanley Museum of Art brings WorldCanvass, now in its fourteenth year of production, to the museum's stunning new building located at 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City. The programs take place from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the museum lobby unless otherwise noted.  The public is invited to enjoy the pre-show reception from 5:00-5:30 p.m. 

WorldCanvass is free and open to the public.

Please see the list of upcoming programs below and check this page as more programs are added throughout the year.

Joan Kjaer
WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer

2022-2023 Season

November 7, 2022 -- International Impact and Global Student Awards 

December 8, 2022 - Translation and Global Literacy

February 2, 2023 -- UI Stanley Museum of Art: New Home, New Vision

April 17, 2023 -- Contemporary Music from Israel (location: Recital Hall, Voxman School of Music)

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WorldCanvass in the News

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WorldCanvass to explore translation and global literacy on December 8

Monday, November 28, 2022
International Programs
Join us on December 8 to explore the storied history of translation at the UI, and how a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education is helping to build translation and global literacy skills across Iowa.
Joan Kjaer

Joan Kjaer honored with staff award

Friday, October 14, 2022
International Programs
Joan Kjaer, International Programs, was recently recognized with the University of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award.  The award recognizes UI staff members who have made significant contributions—above-and-beyond typical job responsibilities—that benefit the university.
Amdy and Susie Code

WorldCanvass to honor International Impact and Global Student awardees on Nov. 7

Monday, August 8, 2022
International Programs
Andy Code, 2022 recipient of the UI’s International Impact Award, and Global Student awardees yet to be named, will be honored on the November 7 WorldCanvass which officially opens the UI’s celebration of International Education Week (November 14-18).

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.