Friday, October 12, 2018

WorldCanvass will celebrate International Education Week* with a program on “Educational Cross-fertilization: the Iowa/India Connection.” The program will feature UI President Bruce Harreld’s presentation of the 2018 International Impact Award to Rajat Jay Sehgal and the Sehgal Foundation for their leadership in support of community-based development activities, educational access, and the empowerment of women, particularly in rural India.  Sehgal will also be recognized for the foundation’s multi-year partnership with the University of Iowa’s award-winning India Winterim program.  Joining the discussion about the Iowa/India educational connection are Craig Just, Marian Muste, and Allen Bradley from the College of Engineering, Stephanie Gilbertson-White from the College of Nursing, Vijay Kamalumpundi from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas.  WorldCanvass begins at 5:30 on November 13 at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, with a pre-show reception from 5-5:30 p.m.  The program is free and open to the public.

Since 2006, more than 1,035 University of Iowa students have participated in the innovative and home grown study abroad program India Winterim.  Students spend three weeks during the break between the fall and spring semesters in India enrolled in courses addressing topics like health care, sustainability, water resource management, architecture and urban planning, social work, and the arts.  India Winterim students and faculty engage with and learn from individuals, communities, and public and private nongovernmental organizations that are recognized for their excellence and success in confronting the challenges facing local populations.  Faculty and student guests on WorldCanvass will share their experiences working in two important fields: water resource management and palliative care.

Educational Cross-fertilization: the Iowa/India Connection

Segment 1

International Impact Award presentation to Jay Sehgal and the Sehgal Foundation

Jay Sehgal—Sehgal Foundation
Bruce Harreld—University of Iowa
Downing Thomas—International Programs, University of Iowa

Segment 2

UI-India community-engaged research for sustainable development and engineering education

Marian Muste—College of Engineering, University of Iowa
Allen Bradley—College of Engineering, University of Iowa
Craig Just—College of Engineering, University of Iowa

Segment 3

Learning from each other: studying pain and palliative care in India

Stephanie Gilbertson-White—College of Nursing
Vijayvardhan Kamalumpundi—College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

WorldCanvass programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on iTunesthe Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the WorldCanvass website. University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen (

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Amy Green in advance at or 319-335-1433.

*International Education Week (November 12-16) is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S Department of Education, celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide