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Five years ago in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa we began teaching creative writing…in Spanish, of course. It was an initiative that we started with one section and a handful of pioneer students who aspired to write fiction in a language that was not their native one. Writing fiction in a language you are studying is far from easy, but it allows you to improve your knowledge in a different way: namely, by narrating out of your own imagination, finding new words and structures that you need to express something locked in your mind and heart. The result was frankly impressive. All of a sudden there were waiting lists to get in. The interest was far greater than we had anticipated. Today we are three professors and writers in the Department—Ana Merino, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, and myself—teaching fiction and poetry, and we harbor ambitious plans for the future.

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Please join host Joan Kjaer at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol for the next WorldCanvass program, this time focusing on Latin America.

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China’s economic rise underlies the perception that disputed issues between the United States and China may lead to a cold war between the two countries. Most (though not all) economists predict that China will become the largest economy sometime in the future, with estimated time horizons ranging from 2020 to 2050.This transition away from U.S. economic dominance raises concerns that Sino-U.S. relations will be marked by tense competition and the possibility of war.

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By Sarah Larson, The Daily Iowan

You may not know her, but Joan Kjaer likely wants to know you.

The Iowa City resident is curious about others.

“I’ve just always, always been interested in meeting people,” said Kjaer, who has a warm, motherly air about her. “I’m just always interested in people and their stories. I just like meeting new people. It happens very rarely that I don’t feel some connection with someone.”

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Please join us at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol for the next WorldCanvass program, this time focusing on Asia.

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International Programs presents a special edition of WorldCanvass, called WorldCanvass Studio, which will take place in the International Commons (Room 1117) at University Capitol Centre from noon-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17. WorldCanvass Studio is a new, mobile version of our monthly discussion and performance series WorldCanvass, held in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol.

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The University of Iowa’s Winterim Program in India started out in 2006 as a single course on “Microfinance” taught by two faculty from geography and international studies with 25 people. It’s grown to 11 different courses taught by 14 faculty from various disciplines across the UI campus with 121 people participating in 2009-10.

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Imagine a wondrous place where ancient cultures, languages and traditions intermix with a 21st century economy and a people’s rising expectations. Imagine colors, sounds and smells that permeate the senses. Imagine India. Join Joan Kjaer and her guests for the next WorldCanvass at 5 p.m. on February 12, 2010, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

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Many of us have little treasure chests lying around, and we barely notice them. They’re forgotten, lost, or just abandoned to the pile of material possessions accumulating in our closets and garages. These boxes contain camcorder-created home movies, ghostly recordings of loved ones now dead, audio vérité snapshots of living room scenes and obsessively crafted mix-tapes traded in the throes of courtship.

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1/20/2010

Joan Kjaer hosts the inaugural production of WorldCanvass.

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