The University of Iowa

WorldCanvass Season Begins September 10 with "Documenting Humanity: A Sense of Place"

July 23rd, 2010

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WorldCanvass® enters its second season on September 10, 2010, when the topic is “Documenting Humanity: A Sense of Place.”

Produced by International Programs at the University of Iowa, WorldCanvass explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape. Host Joan Kjaer blends discussions of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art with live musical performances, all in an effort to illustrate and illuminate the complexities that make us distinct from one another while celebrating our common humanity.

The live productions take place from 5-7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the campus of the University of Iowa and are free and open to the public.

The opening program of the season explores what it is that makes up that “sense” of a place that we carry with us—feelings, sensory memories, the family context, climate and landscape, people, smells, and so on. Participants will also discuss what we leave behind as a record of ourselves.

Kjaer’s guests on the September 10 program will approach the topic from multiple vantage points:

Journalist Stephen Bloom and photographer Peter Feldstein will share the development of their renowned “Oxford Project”—its origins in a small town in Iowa and its travels around this country and overseas.

Author and Professor Emeritus Robert Sayre, Kathrine Moermond of the Old Capitol Museum, David McCartney from UI Libraries’ Special Collections, and students who collaborated on a new exhibit at the UI Old Capitol Museum focusing on the tumultuous years 1968-1972 will reflect on the tenor of the times and whether the sense, the feel, of a place changes during traumatic events.

Writers from the International Writing Program’s fall residency will describe the ways in which “place” figures into their work, and Lisa Skemp from the College of Nursing will offer her observations on how “place” affects a sense of interconnectedness with self, others, our health, and how we age.

The program concludes with perspectives on landscape and environment—both natural and man-made—through the eyes of UI professor of sculpture Isabel Barbuzza, a native of Argentina.

UITV records WorldCanvass for later broadcast over Iowa cable television systems and for distribution on Iowa Public Radio and KRUI-FM at the University of Iowa. Live streaming is provided at the International Programs website and all programs are archived on the Public Radio Exchange.

Beginning Friday, September 3, 2010, the WorldCanvass time slots on UITV are:
Fridays – 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – 2:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Production partners for WorldCanvass are: UITV, the Pentacrest Museums, KRUI and Information Technology Services. International Programs, your global intersection, connects students, faculty, staff, and the Iowa community to the world.