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Stephen G. Bloom is a professor in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He will be one of the guests on the WorldCanvass® program “Documenting Humanity: A Sense of Place,” Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.

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On behalf of International Programs, allow me to welcome you to the 2010-2011 academic year after what I hope were refreshing and productive summer months. I very much look forward to working with you to support the international research, teaching, and external engagement that you undertake through IP’s centers and programs, international exchanges, linkage proposals, and the new ways you find to pursue academic innovations across collegiate borders.

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Joan Kjaer's program, WorldCanvass, debuted last year and is a monthly television and radio series broadcast live from the historic Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The series explores topics that are international in scope and central to people’s understanding of how individuals fit into the global landscape.

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

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This is an opinion piece written for the Press Citizen in coordination with International Programs’ May 7 WorldCanvass program focusing on the Middle East.

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Joan Kjaer will host a WorldCanvass program featuring the Middle East before a live audience from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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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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