The University of Iowa

Authored by Joan Kjaer

3/23/2021

Gandhi at 150 on April 16 WorldCanvass

Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most original, impactful, and complex figures of the 20th century. Revered around the world for his activism, self-sacrifice, and nonviolent methods of confronting a repressive colonial power, Gandhi remains a much-admired figure today. Gandhi may be best known in America for the influence his teachings on nonviolence had on leaders of the civil rights movement. But the story of the man and his legacy is layered and not without its contradictions. Our guests on the April 16 WorldCanvass will reflect on Gandhi at 150. This event will foreshadow the Provost’s Global Forum planned for November 2021 on “The Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi at 150: Nonviolence, Race, and Politics.” Join us for this virtual WorldCanvass on April 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. Free and open to all, the program will be aired on Zoom and on Facebook Live.
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2/18/2021

COVID care for vulnerable populations on March 16 WorldCanvass

Physicians, researchers, and advocates for Iowa’s most vulnerable populations will address public health and the pandemic, the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations, and the challenge of vaccine hesitancy on the next WorldCanvass. The program, produced by UI International Programs and hosted by Joan Kjaer, begins at 5:30 p.m. on March 16. WorldCanvass is free and open to all.
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1/27/2021

February 24 WorldCanvass to feature authors Yaa Gyasi and D.K. Nnuro

Renowned author Yaa Gyasi, whose novel Homegoing won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book and the Pen/Hemingway Award among others, will be our guest for “The Ghanaian-American Experience in Literature and Art” on the first WorldCanvass of 2021. Joining her will be fellow author and graduate of the UI Writers’ Workshop D.K. Nnuro and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Russ Ganim. Nnuro will engage with Gyasi writer-to-writer in a special interview segment introduced by Ganim. The one-hour program, hosted by Joan Kjaer, begins at 7 p.m. on February 24. WorldCanvass is free and open to all. Register here.
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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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