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Aug. 30, 2010

UI International Programs presents second season of 'WorldCanvass'
University of Iowa International Programs (IP) begins its second season of "WorldCanvass" Friday, Sept. 10, with the topic “Documenting Humanity: A Sense of Place.” All programs take place from 5 to 7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol and are free and open to the public.
Host Joan Kjaer, interim director of communications and relations for IP, and her guests will explore international topics and themes through a discussion of culture, history, language, politics and art.
“I’m very excited about this second season of ‘WorldCanvass,’” said Kjaer. “The world’s getting smaller every day, and the number of people involved in international work on this campus is astonishing. International learning experiences and research opportunities seem to be limitless.”
The 2010-11 season begins Sept. 10, with an array of authors, professors, journalists, students and more for “Documenting Humanity: A Sense of Place.” The guests will discuss what it is that makes up that “sense” of a place that we carry with us -- feelings, sensory memories, landscape, people and more.  
Kjaer’s guests for the program include Oxford Project creators Stephen Bloom, also a UI journalism professor, and Peter Feldstein, a UI professor emeritus in art and art history, both in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; essayist Robert Sayre, also UI professor emeritus in English in CLAS; Old Capitol Museum staff and others behind the new exhibit featuring the UI: 1968-1972; three visiting writers from the International Writing Program; Lisa Skemp from the College of Nursing; and sculptor and UI professor Isabel Barbuzza.
“Because ‘WorldCanvass’ guests come from all across campus and from the larger community, we’re able to showcase a wide variety of activities that Iowans have a right to be proud of,” Kjaer said.   
Other upcoming “WorldCanvass” topics this fall include “Slavery and Gender” (Oct. 8), “The Value of an International Education” (Nov. 19), and “The American West of the Imagination” (Dec. 10). The spring lineup includes “Counterculture of the 60s and 70s” (Jan. 28), “South Africa” (Feb. 18), “Starving for Water” (March 25), and “Women in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe” (April 8).  The topic is yet to be announced for the final program of the season, May 6.
The “WorldCanvass” series is filmed in front of an audience and streamed live on IP’s website at, and is later broadcast on UITV, KRUI-FM and, new this year, Iowa Public Radio.  
“‘WorldCanvass’ is one of the ways that we are able to engage Iowa communities with entertaining and edifying programming that has a global reach," said Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of IP. “Last year’s season attracted strong audiences; and we are delighted to have even greater opportunities this year with the help of Iowa Public Radio and the Public Radio Exchange”
For broadcast details, visit KRUI at or UITV at A schedule of upcoming WorldCanvass programs can be found at To listen to past WorldCanvass programs, visit Public Radio Exchange at
“WorldCanvass” is a production of International Programs at the UI in partnership with UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI and Information Technology Services.

For more information or special accommodations to participate, call Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Joan Kjaer, UI International Programs, 319-335-2026,; or Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,, Writer, Katelyn McBride