WorldCanvass® host Joan Kjaer and her guests explore topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of how individuals fit into the global landscape. Learn more about WorldCanvass.

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2021-2022 Season

September 10 - Wellspring: The Power of Partnerships
October 12 - Dostoevsky: From Revolutionary Outcast to Man of God
November 15 - 2021 International Impact Awards
February 1 - The Global Implications of MeToo
February 28 - Teaching Anne Frank (Provost's Global Forum)
March 31 - Corruption, The Rise of Populism, and the Future of Democracy

2020-2021 Season

October 22 - Pursuing Racial Justice
November 16 - Iowa in the World: Personal Commitment/Global Impact
December 8 - Teaching and Learning Post-COVID
February 24 - The Ghanaian-American Experience in Literature and Art: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi and D.K. Nnuro
March 16 - COVID Care for Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations
April 16 - Gandhi at 150 (Provost's Global Forum)

2019-2020 Season

September 19 - Art and the Face of War: Goya and Tolstoy
October 9 - Research at Iowa: Investigating Space, Cancer Treatments, and Iowa's Bioscience Priorities
November 21 - Simon Estes: A Life in Music (including presentation of the UI International Impact Award)
February 6 - The Future of Museums
February 21 - Coronavirus: Perceptions and Precautions

2018-2019 Season

October 9 - The Politics and Impact of Immigration (PRX) (View transcript)
November 13 - Educational Cross-fertilization: the Iowa/India Connection (PRX)
December 5 - U.S. Foreign Policy, Geopolitical Realignment, and Global Stability (PRX)
February 12 - Artificial Intelligence (PRX) (View transcript)
March 28 - What's in a Word? The Translator's Challenge (PRX) - Major Project (View transcript)
April 11 - Why School? Education and Social Transformation (PRX) - Provost's Global Forum​​​ (View transcript)

2017-2018 Season

September 29 – Embracing Complexity: Islamic Art and Culture (PRX) (View transcript)
October 18 – Journalism and a Free Press in the Age of Fake News (PRX) (View transcript)
November 1 – The Russian Revolution 100 Years On (PRX) (View transcript)
December 7 – Art & the Afterlife (View transcript)
February 22 – Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice (PRX) - Provost's Global Forum (View transcript)
March 1 – Translating Music (PRX) (View transcript)
April 25 - Climate Science and the Environment - What's Next? (PRX) (View transcript)

2016-2017 Season

September 13 - Fracking and the Iowa Divide (PRX)
October 15 - Redefining Nationhood (PRX) - Provost’s Global Forum
October 29 - Creation and Discovery: The Unlikeliness of It All (PRX) - Special event at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London
November 17 - Higher Education in the Age of Internationalization (PRX)
December 7 - White Privilege, Structural Racism, and the Dream of America (PRX)
January 17 - Our Lives Online
February 20 - Resilience Over Trauma (PRX)
March 8 - Immigration Then and Now: From German Iowa to Today’s Refugees (PRX)
April 12- Women's Health and the Environment: Going Up in Smoke (PRX)

2015-2016 Season

September 15 - Don Quixote's Four Century Saga (PRX)
October 13- The Evolution of Climate Change: 25 Years and Counting (PRX)
November 10 - Communicating for Social and Behavioral Change (PRX)
December 8 - Cuba: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (PRX)
January 26 - Research to Real Life (PRX)
February 9 - Encountering New Technology (PRX)
March 1 - Taking It to the Streets: Engagement and the Academy (PRX)
April 19 - Big Data: Big Brother or Big Sister? (PRX)

2014-2015 Season

January 20 - Food for Thought (PRX)
February 3 - Tobacco, Pot, and the Public Interest (PRX)
March 3 - Energy Cultures and the Age of the Anthropocene (PRX)
April 28 - The Arab Spring in a Global Context (PRX)
May 5 - Reel to Real (PRX)
September 2 - The Passion That Drives Innovation (PRX)
October 14 - Snapshot: Brazil (PRX)
November 18 - The Tenacious Cycle of Poverty, Hunger, and Disease (PRX)
December 9 - Gender and Identity (PRX)

2013-2014 Season

January 24 - Cultural Memory and Commemoration (PRX)
February 21 - A Century of Film (PRX)
March 28 - Child Protection: A Global Responsibility (PRX)
April 11 - The Crossroads Project with the Fry Quartet (PRX)
May 9 - The Language of the Brain (PRX)
September 20 - The Arts as Vocabulary (PRX)
October 18 - The Rise of Chinese Public Opinion (PRX)
November 8 - The Social Impact of Sustainability (PRX)
December 6 - Teaching Innovation (PRX)

2012-2013 Season

January 25 - The Rupture of Civil War (PRX)
February 15 - Genetics and New Technologies (PRX)
March 8 - The Book Culture, Languages, and Arts of Indigenous Peoples (PRX)
April 5 - Refugees in the Heartland (PRX)
May 3 - Remaking the Body: Identity and Body Modification (PRX)
September 21 - Napoleon and His Legacy (PRX)
October 5 - The Latino Midwest (PRX)
November 2 - IWP: Writing the Stories of the World (PRX)
December 7 - Globalization and the World Economy (PRX)

2011-2012 Season

January 27 – Women, Hysteria and Medicine (PRX)
February 10 – The History of Sustainability (PRX)
March 2 – Japan (PRX)
April 13 – Global Science Fiction (PRX)
May 4 – Art and Memory (PRX)
September 23 – Comics, Creativity and Culture (PRX)
October 7 – New Culture and New Welfare in South Asia
November 11 – Being the Other (PRX)
December 2 – Iowa and Invisible Man (PRX)

2010-2011 Season

January 28 – Counterculture of the 60s and 70s (PRX)
February 18 – East Africa (PRX)
March 25 – Starving for Water: The Global Water Crisis (PRX)
April 8 – Women in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe (PRX)
May 6 – Italian Art and Culture (PRX)
September 10 – Documenting Humanity (PRX)
October 8 – Slavery and Gender (PRX)
November 12 – The Value of an International Education (PRX)
December 10 – The American West of the Imagination (PRX)

2009-2010 Season

January 22 – Taping the World (PRX)
February 12 – India (PRX)
March 5 – Asia (PRX)
April 9 – Latin America (PRX)
May 7 – Middle East (PRX)
November 13 – Human Rights (PRX)
December 11 – Africa (PRX)