February 18 WorldCanvass to focus on East Africa

East Africa is the destination for the next WorldCanvass and you’re invited to come along as a member of the live audience.

Our guests will introduce us to the people, geography, language, history and issues facing this vast and complex region and we’ll learn about an exciting new educational initiative that links the UI and the East African nation of Tanzania.  We also reflect on the first 50 years of the Peace Corps with two volunteers whose assignments took them to Africa.

The program begins at 5:00 p.m. on February 18 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum and is taped for statewide television and radio distribution.

UI history professor and co-director of the African Studies Program James Giblin, will give us an overview of the region which includes, among others, the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, Somalia and Tanzania.  He and colleagues from the UI and Tanzania will discuss the teaching of Kiswahili on the UI campus, current study abroad opportunities for UI students in Tanzania and a new semester-long program of study that is being developed in collaboration with Tanzania’s Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE).

Lyombe Eko, professor of journalism and mass communication and co-director of the African Studies Program, will examine African cartoons as indicators of expanding freedom of expression as well as other African media topics.

Edward Miner, international studies bibliographer at the UI Libraries and an East African specialist, will discuss his field research in Uganda and the many collaborative library and archival projects he’s worked on in the region.

We’ll hear about the non-profit project “Travel for Change” which works to fight poverty by keeping tourism local from its co-founders, Blandina Giblin of the Department of French and Italian and  Mary Grace Weber, a graduate student in the Urban and Regional Planning Program.

Anthropologist Ari Samsky will discuss the partnerships between pharmaceutical companies and African governments to distribute free drugs to the populace in various locations in East Africa and the conflicts and complications that can arise from these interactions.   He’ll also share his research into marketing practices and the history of tropical disease control.  And Renugan Raidoo, the newly-named Rhodes Scholar now attending the UI, will share his perspectives on how an anthropologist’s sensibilities can aid in communication between societies that are in different levels of development.

We wrap up the program with a look at the Peace Corps—fifty years in the making—with UI Peace Corps representative Meredith Mahy Gall and former Peace Corps volunteer David Wylie.  The program is free and open to the public.  Please join us!

Live video streaming will be available on the >International Programs website and the program will be broadcast live on KRUI 89.7 FM.

Host Joan Kjaer blends discussions of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art with live musical performances, all in an effort to illustrate and illuminate the complexities that make us distinct from one another while celebrating our common humanity. The live productions take place from 5-7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the campus of the University of Iowa and are free and open to the public.

Produced by International Programs at the University of Iowa, WorldCanvass® explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape.