The University of Iowa

Authored by Joan Kjaer

11/20/2020

Teaching and Learning Post-COVID topic of December 8 WorldCanvass

The changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have impacted every person, every industry, every region, and every communal activity for nearly the whole of 2020. Even after the much-hoped-for vaccine is developed and distributed, some believe that life and work patterns have been forever altered. What comes next in the field of global education is the subject of the December WorldCanvass on the topic “Teaching and Learning Post-COVID.” WorldCanvass will be held virtually through Zoom, from 5:30-7 p.m. on December 8.
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11/15/2020

International Impact and Global Student Awards to be presented on November 16 WorldCanvass

Sarah Lande, a lifelong proponent of citizen diplomacy and key figure in the history of Iowa's relationship with China, and Patrick and Susan Keefe, whose commitment to serving the health needs of under-resourced and marginalized communities has taken them to many parts of the U.S. and the world, are the recipients of the UI's 2020 International Impact Award. UI President Bruce Harreld and International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russell Ganim will present the International Impact Awards during WorldCanvass, the official kick-off for the UI celebration of International Education Week (November 16-20). Recognition will also be given to Mishma Nixon and Nicholas Stroup, recipients of the UI's Global Student Awards. WorldCanvass will be held virtually this year through Zoom, beginning at 5:30p.m. on November 16. To attend the event, please register here: https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/7516023228353/WN_H-U-xHV0TGiBQyT5...
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9/28/2020

"Pursuing Racial Justice" the theme of October 22 WorldCanvass

The United States is undoubtedly undergoing a period of reckoning over race, not only a reexamination of our historical past, but a present-day challenge to what many perceive as institutional racism, injustice in policing and judicial systems, inequality of opportunity based on race and ethnicity, and a lack of diversity in our public institutions which serves to perpetuate inequities and minimize the claims of those who feel underrepresented. We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 22, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., for “Pursuing Racial Justice,” the first program in the 2020-2021 season of WorldCanvass.
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2/10/2020

Coronavirus: Perceptions and Precautions on Feb. 21 WorldCanvass

Concerns about the present and future danger of the 2019 novel coronavirus will be addressed by an expert panel on a special WorldCanvass called "Coronavirus: Perceptions and Precautions" to be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., February 21, in 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC). The event is free and open to the public.
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1/10/2020

February 6 WorldCanvass to focus on the future of museums

What does the museum of the 21st century look like? What does it house? What is its role in the community? Does it see itself differently than museums of the past? And how do galleries, libraries, archives, and museums capture the zeitgeist of the time and reinvent themselves as expectations change? Join us for the first WorldCanvass program of 2020, when our guests will explore the future of museums. WorldCanvass begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. The event is free and open to the public with a pre-show reception from 5-5:30 p.m.
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Simon Estes: A Life in Music with picture of Estes
10/3/2019

Renowned Opera Star Simon Estes to Receive UI International Impact Award, Nov. 21

UI President Bruce Harreld will present the 2019 International Impact Award to internationally acclaimed opera singer Simon Estes in a public ceremony at the beginning of the November 21 WorldCanvass program. Following the presentation of the award, Estes will be interviewed by WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer about his young life in Centerville, Iowa, his long and successful international operatic career, and the racism he faced in both the European and American contexts as his talents carried him to greater heights but his color often prevented consideration for stage appearances. This special event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m., November 21, in the Recital Hall of the Voxman Music Building, on the corner of Burlington and Clinton Streets in Iowa City. All are invited to a pre-show reception from 6:30-7 p.m.
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8/20/2019

WorldCanvass season begins with Art and the Face of War: Goya and Tolstoy

Join us on Thursday, September 19, for “Art and the Face of War: Goya and Tolstoy,” the first program in the new season of WorldCanvass. While Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco de Goya and Russian writer Leo Tolstoy were separated by time and space, the two created incomparable masterworks centered on the tragic events of the more than decade-long Napoleonic Wars. We’ll view that momentous period of human struggle and suffering through Goya’s shocking collection of prints called “Disasters of War” and Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace,” exploring not only the original works but also later interpretations through film and opera. WorldCanvass is free and open to the public. The program is held at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, in Iowa City from 5:30-7 p.m. with a pre-show reception from 5-5:30 p.m.
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3/11/2019

Education and Social Transformation topic of April 11 WorldCanvass

The 2019 Provost’s Global Forum, “Why School? International Perspectives on Education and Social Transformation” (April 11-13), will examine education in a global context, both as a reflection of social norms and as a powerful force for change. We kick off the symposium on April 11 with WorldCanvass, when host Joan Kjaer and an expert panel discuss the societal roles played by educational institutions here and abroad. WorldCanvass is a free, public event at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. The program begins at 5:30 p.m., with a pre-show reception from 5-5:30 p.m.
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3/7/2019

March 28 WorldCanvass will ask: What’s in a Word? The Translator’s Challenge

On the next WorldCanvass, we’ll explore the act of reading and dive into this space where social and symbolic power is enforced. We’ll also discuss how re-translations shape transnational, literary, and cultural relations and ask what arts and humanities perspectives need to be reasserted in a digitized world where algorithms increasingly read us. Join us on March 28 for WorldCanvass when the topic is “What’s in a Word? The Translator’s Challenge.” The program, which is free and open to the public, takes place at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, from 5:30-7 p.m. All are invited to a pre-show reception from 5-5:30 p.m.
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