The University of Iowa

WorldCanvass opens season six at FilmScene with 'The Passion that Drives Innovation'

July 31st, 2014

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Whether it’s the quest to build a better mousetrap or develop a promising new vaccine, it takes courage, inspiration, and out-of-the-box thinking to propel the creative spirit past stumbling blocks, early failures, and the sometimes tepid encouragement of others. It takes passion.

At 5 p.m. on September 2, host Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests will discuss how personal passion can turn a shapeless idea into a tangible reality.  They’ll also explore the role innovation plays in moving communities forward.

The program, which is produced by UI International Programs and takes place at Iowa City’s non-profit cinema arts organization FilmScene, 118 East College Street, is free and open to the public.  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.  

Topics and guests for “The Passion that Drives Innovation” are:

finding fela
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FINDING FELA (2014) Dir. Alex Gibney. Period interviews, performances and Broadway scenes of “Fela” tell the story of the life and politics of innovative Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.
Sept. 6-7 at FilmScene

Segment 1-5:00-5:25

The birth of innovation: student stories

  • Blake Rupe- UI graduate student, founder of Re-APP
  • Liqi Wang- UI student, Blue Cheese advocate

Segment 2-5:30-5:55

From inception to completion: bringing ideas to life

  • Lynn Allendorf – director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, University of Iowa
  • Paul Kongshaug- founder of BlendCard

Segment 3-6:00-6:25

Rethinking our communities with the startup mentality

  • Sarah Binder- journalist with We Create Here
  • Mark Nolte-president of the Iowa City Area Development Group
  • David Tominsky-program manager of the Iowa Startup Accelerator

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