The University of Iowa

Peterson to receive International Impact Award on November 11 WorldCanvass

October 21st, 2011

WorldCanvass will kick off the University of Iowa’s observance of International Education Week with the presentation of the second annual International Impact Award and an examination of the experience of being the other from 5-7 p.m., Friday, November 11, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the formal program.

Dr. Trudy Huskamp Peterson, former acting archivist of the United States, founding executive director of the Open Society Archives, and director of archives and records management for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has been named the 2011 recipient of the International Impact Award for her unflagging commitment, even in the face of opposition and intimidation, to the protection and safe-keeping of at-risk documents in order that history may be preserved. UI President Sally Mason and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas will present Peterson with the International Impact Award at 5 p.m., at the beginning of WorldCanvass.

Following the presentation and a musical tribute, Peterson and fellow participants will turn to a discussion of the theme for the evening’s program: what does it mean to be the other? We define the other as someone whose color, tribe, political affiliation, religion, language, gender or disability leaves him or her outside the majority and, often, without a voice in the world.

In a wide-ranging conversation, we’ll discuss international standards for human rights and the protections and avenues for redress available to abused peoples, and we’ll learn about WiderNet’s involvement in a USAID-funded effort to develop an off-line digital Global Disabilities Rights Library. We’ll be joined by a retired, 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who is now studying for her doctorate at the UI and hear her reflections on the experience of otherness (an experience she also shares in the unique theatre production “Telling: Iowa City” in early November), and we’ll meet Latino members of an Eastern Iowa community who’ve made the successful transition from immigrant outsider to vested community member.

Host Joan Kjaer’s guests for the November 11 WorldCanvass include Trudy Huskamp Peterson, Michel Gobat, Alan Huckleberry, Benjamin Coelho, Nathan Miller, Kelsey Kramer, Kayla Casey, Hasti Barahmand, Cliff Missen, Tom Cook, Debbie Shattuck, Jennifer Fawcett, Carolyn Colvin and others. Please join us for this free, public event!