The University of Iowa

Snapshot: Brazil the next WorldCanvass at FilmScene

September 11th, 2014

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At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, WorldCanvass will explore contemporary Brazil. Our immense neighbor to the south—comprising roughly the same land mass as the U.S.—is the world’s fifth-largest country and seventh-largest economy. Bursting with biodiversity and undergoing rapid development, Brazil faces a host of tough choices for both its people and the natural environment. Our discussion will reach beyond the brilliant beaches and soccer arenas to reflect on the multi-cultural legacy of Brazil’s complex past as seen in everything from its language to uniquely Brazilian artistic expressions to the political and social dynamics that are actively shaping the Brazil of the 21st century.

This WorldCanvass discussion serves as an introduction to the interdisciplinary symposium “Construing Brazil in the United States,” which will take place at the University of Iowa on October 17-18.  The symposium is free and open to the public.

You’re invited to attend the free, live WorldCanvass program, which is produced by UI International Programs and hosted by Joan Kjaer. It takes place at Iowa City’s non-profit cinema arts organization FilmScene, 118 East College Street. Concessions will be available for purchase and audience members are invited to enjoy a social hour from 4:00-5:00 p.m. preceding the show.  

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Part 1 5:00-5:25

Brazil today: political and social dynamics

Part 2 5:30-5:55

Brazil’s musical soul

  • Maurita Murphy Marx- professor, UI School of Music
  • Rafael dos Santos- professor, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
  • Armando Duarte- professor, UI Department of Dance

Part 3 6:00-6:25

Brazilian sensibilities and aesthetics

WorldCanvass is recorded before a live audience for later broadcast on UITV, YouTube, iTunes, and the Public Radio Exchange. Podcasts can be downloaded for free from iTunes and past programs are available through IP’s website at

WorldCanvass is a production of UI International Programs in collaboration with FilmScene and University of Iowa Video Services. For more information on WorldCanvass, contact Joan Kjaer at or visit