Provost's Global Forum

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In the news: Provost’s Global Forum explores international education

The 2019 Provost’s Global Forum, “Why School? International Perspectives on Education and Social Transformation,” will examine the structures of school systems and the influence they have on society and change.

Education and Social Transformation topic of April 11 WorldCanvass

The 2019 Provost’s Global Forum, “Why School? International Perspectives on Education and Social Transformation” (April 11-13), will examine education in a global context, both as a reflection of social norms and as a powerful force for change. We kick off the symposium on April 11 with WorldCanvass, when host Joan Kjaer and an expert panel discuss the societal roles played by educational institutions here and abroad. WorldCanvass is a free, public event at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. The program begins at 5:30 p.m., with a pre-show reception from 5-5:30 p.m.

"Against Amnesia" topic of February 22 WorldCanvass

Guests on the February 22 WorldCanvass will explore the critical role of archives in our everyday lives and historical experience.  Called “Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice,” the program is the first event in the Provost’s Global Forum-Obermann Humanities Symposium, the bulk of which will occur on March 1-3.  Panelists will open the virtual doors of archival cabinets and share some of Iowa’s and our nation’s most intriguing stories and little-known history—much of which might be lost if not for the thoughtful care and preservation undertaken by unsung heroes, sometimes at great personal risk. WorldCanvass will take place from 5:30-7 p.m., February 22, at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street.  The program is free and open to the public.  Please come early for a pre-show catered reception from 5-5:30 p.m.

In the news: Where there's smoke

The University of Iowa held the 2017 Provost’s Global Forum on Women’s Health and the Environment: Going Up in Smoke this past weekend.

Women’s Health and the Environment: Going Up in Smoke on April 12 WorldCanvass

Cooking with firewood and other biofuels is one of the most urgent problems in the world today. It affects the health and wellbeing of those inhaling the fumes at close range, relies on increasingly scarce sources of firewood, and contributes over 20% of global black carbon emissions. The harm to individuals and the environment cannot be denied, and yet there’s little awareness of the issue among the general public. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and a panel of experts drawn from multiple fields including engineering, urban and regional planning, public health, anthropology, and geography will discuss the use of traditional wood-burning cookstoves and the complex social and cultural underpinnings of the practice on the April 12 WorldCanvass, a highlight of the UI’s yearly Provost’s Global Forum. The public is invited to attend the April 12 discussion at the Voxman Music Building Recital Hall from 7:30-9:30 p.m. There will be a pre-show catered reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

2017 Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture: Gautam Yadama

Presented by Gautam Yadama, assistant vice chancellor for international affairs and dean of the Boston College School of Social Work, the Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture will take place on Wednesday April 12, at 11:00 a.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The lecture will kick off the 2017 Provost's Global Forum, Women’s Health & the Environment: Going Up in Smoke.

2017 Provost’s Global Forum: Women's Health & Environment: Going Up in Smoke

In April, the University of Iowa will host scholars, experts, and researchers from around the world as part of the 2017 Provost’s Global Forum, "Women's Health & Environment: Going Up in Smoke. ” The goal of the Provost's Global Forum is to inspire discussions of global affairs and build relationships between the university and the state of Iowa.

2016 Provost’s Global Forum: Self-Determination & Nationhood Redefined

On October 13 - 15, 2016, the University of Iowa will host scholars, experts, and researchers from around the world as part of the 2016 Provost’s Global Forum, “The Nation, the State, and the Global Redefinition of Self-Determination.” Events include:

- <a href="https://international.uiowa.edu/funding/faculty/awards/ip-funding/provosts-global-forum/barkan-memorial-lecture">Barkan Memorial Lecture</a>
- <a href="https://international.uiowa.edu/news/worldcanvass-goes-des-moines-october-15-program-%E2%80%9Cnationhood-redefined%E2%80%9D">WorldCanvass</a>

WorldCanvass goes to Des Moines for October 15 program “Nationhood Redefined”

What defines a nation, or a state? What’s the meaning of sovereignty, and how do communal or religious identity figure into demands for self-determination? The world community in 2016 appears to be a fractured place with aspirations to statehood like those we’ve seen in South Sudan and Palestine, as well as civil disruptions and realignments like those between Crimea, Ukraine, and Russia. Amidst all of this there are non-state actors like ISIS challenging sitting governments and established states. The 2016 Provost’s Global Forum, The Nation, the State, and the Global Redefinition of Self-Determination, will address these questions and more during a series of lectures and panel discussions on October 13-15. A highlight of the forum will be the October 15 WorldCanvass, which will be held for the first time in Des Moines at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, from 5-6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and begins with a reception at 4 p.m.

WorldCanvass ReCap: The Arab Spring in a Global Context

Joan Kjaer and her guest panelists kicked off the 2015 Provost's Global Forum with a WorldCanvass program on the conference's topic, the Arab Spring in a global context, on April 28, at FilmScene in downtown Iowa City. Below is a recap of the event with access to see and hear the full program.

Meeting of Mideast leaders comes at critical time

On May 13, President Barack Obama will welcome the rulers of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to the White House. According to the White House, the "gathering will be an opportunity for the leaders to discuss ways to enhance their partnership and deepen security cooperation." The unusual meeting comes at a critical moment in the history of these countries and members of the Arab League for a number of reasons. Iowa communities will be able to contextualize these transformations taking place in Arab countries this coming week during the 2015 Provost's Global Forum.