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.


213 Pieces

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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.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • 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
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Renowned opera star Simon Estes, recipient of the University of Iowa's 2019 International Impact Award, reflects on his life in music and his journ...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2019
  • Length: 01:16:37
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This is an intriguing conversation about research breakthroughs and the many unexpected but essential discoveries that flow from them.

Bought by CI Dolphin Radio


  • Added: Nov 08, 2019
  • Length: 26:21
  • Purchases: 1
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This is an intriguing conversation about research breakthroughs and the many unexpected but essential discoveries that flow from them.

Bought by CI Dolphin Radio


  • Added: Nov 08, 2019
  • Length: 22:30
  • Purchases: 1
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This is an intriguing conversation about research breakthroughs and the many unexpected but essential discoveries that flow from them.

Bought by CI Dolphin Radio


  • Added: Nov 08, 2019
  • Length: 25:02
  • Purchases: 1
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While Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco de Goya and Russian writer Leo Tolstoy were separated by time and space, the two created incomparabl...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2019
  • Length: 31:19
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While Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco de Goya and Russian writer Leo Tolstoy were separated by time and space, the two created incomparabl...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2019
  • Length: 26:51
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“Why School? International Perspectives on Education and Social Transformation” examines education in a global context, both as a reflection of soc...

  • Added: May 07, 2019
  • Length: 31:17
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“Why School? International Perspectives on Education and Social Transformation” examines education in a global context, both as a reflection of soc...

  • Added: May 06, 2019
  • Length: 26:47
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“Why School? International Perspectives on Education and Social Transformation” examines education in a global context, both as a reflection of soc...

  • Added: May 06, 2019
  • Length: 25:17