WorldCanvass

Series produced by Joan Kjaer

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Intriguing, internationally focused conversations on issues with global impact featuring renowned scholars and thought leaders.

WorldCanvass explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape.

WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer leads discussions of culture, history, literature, language, politics, and art in an effort to illustrate and illuminate the complexities that make us distinct from one another while celebrating our common humanity.

Each WorldCanvass program embraces a different theme and is taped before a live audience at MERGE in Iowa City, Iowa.

WorldCanvass is produced by International Programs at the University of Iowa. Programs are recorded by Kyle Marxen.


222 Pieces

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What is the link between corruption, anti-corruption campaigns, and the rise of populism? What conditions create an opening for autocratic-leaning,...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2022
  • Length: 29:06
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What is the link between corruption, anti-corruption campaigns, and the rise of populism? What conditions create an opening for autocratic-leaning,...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2022
  • Length: 22:44
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What is the link between corruption, anti-corruption campaigns, and the rise of populism? What conditions create an opening for autocratic-leaning,...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2022
  • Length: 26:06
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An expert panel discusses the impact the Diary of Anne Frank continues to have on generations born long after her death. Among the panelists is Ron...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 01:29:38
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Prominent feminist scholars join WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer in a discussion of “The Global Implications of MeToo.” With expertise on MeToo in th...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2022
  • Length: 01:26:10
  • Purchases: 1
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2021 recipients of the University of Iowa's International Impact Award and Global Student Award are honored in this WorldCanvass program which kick...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2021
  • Length: 01:15:56
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This WorldCanvass explores the life, writings, and legacy of a giant in world literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Two hundred years after his birth and...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 31:19
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This WorldCanvass explores the life, writings, and legacy of a giant in world literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Two hundred years after his birth and...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 28:17
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This WorldCanvass explores the life, writings, and legacy of a giant in world literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Two hundred years after his birth and...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 27:20
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Hancher, the performing arts jewel at the University of Iowa, hosted WorldCanvass on September 10 for an outdoor celebration of community. Iowa Cit...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2021
  • Length: 01:31:30
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Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most original, impactful, and complex figures of the 20th century. Revered around the world for his activism, self-s...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2021
  • Length: 01:27:39
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Physicians, researchers, and advocates for Iowa’s most vulnerable populations address public health and the pandemic, the needs of marginalized and...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2021
  • Length: 01:27:09
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Renowned author Yaa Gyasi, whose novel Homegoing won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book and the Pen/Hemingwa...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2021
  • Length: 01:21:49
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Following the disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic, experts discuss the future of global education.

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2020
  • Length: 01:27:39
  • Purchases: 1
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This program celebrates International Education Week and the importance of global engagement. International Impact Awards are presented to Sarah L...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2020
  • Length: 01:26:33
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A wide-ranging discussion about the pursuit of racial justice in a historically white institution like the University of Iowa; racial barriers that...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2020
  • Length: 01:27:08
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On this WorldCanvass, concerns about the present and future danger of the 2019 novel coronavirus are addressed by an expert panel.

  • Added: Feb 27, 2020
  • Length: 32:19
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We consider the future of museums on this WorldCanvass. What does the museum of the 21st century look like? What does it house? What is its role ...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 23:55
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We consider the future of museums on this WorldCanvass. What does the museum of the 21st century look like? What does it house? What is its role ...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 24:36
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We consider the future of museums on this WorldCanvass. What does the museum of the 21st century look like? What does it house? What is its role ...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 25:42