Alberto Puliafito & Giovanni Zagni, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

“Disinformation in Social Media; Building Trust with Audiences & Promoting Ethical Journalism” Watch this program! Disinformation was a hot topic in European and U.S. media and policy circles in the run-up to Italy’s January – March 2018 election season and through the three-month government formation. During the first half of 2018, the Italian media regularly […]

Adam Knight, Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

“The Need for International Voices in American Theater”  Adam Knight, Producing Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre, will speak about his activities bringing international plays to the American theatre. In particular, his work developing Russian and Georgian works in translation and his association with Red Lab Productions, an international collective dedicated to cultural diplomacy through performance. […]

Josh Schamberger, Wednesday , October 24th, 2018

“Bringing International Sports Competitions to Our Community; Diplomacy, Logistics, and Challenges” Watch this program! Within the past 5 years, the Iowa City/Coralville area has become a hub of international sporting events. Wrestling has been on of the biggest draws. In 2012, the U.S. Wrestling Olympic Team Trials held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena smashed the attendance record […]

Robin W. Lovin, Thursday, October 4th, 2018.

“Religion and New Realities, Moscow, Kiev, and Shanghai” Watch this program Robin W. Lovin is a Visiting Scholar in Theology at Loyola University Chicago and University Professor of Ethics emeritus at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of several books on religion and society, including Christian Faith and Public Choices: The Social Ethics of […]

Dr. Oleg Timofeyev, Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

“The Golden Age of Russian Guitar” Watch their program! Oleg Vitalyevich Timofeyev, is an American musicologist and musician of Russian origin, specializing in lute and Russian guitar. He is best known for his pioneering work in the discovery, promotion, interpretation, and authentic performance of the repertoire for the 19th- and 20th-century Russian seven-string guitar. Timofeyev […]

Peter Chanthanakone,Wedensday, September 12, 2018

“Creating Alternative Worlds in Animation” Watch this program! Peter Chanthanakone is an award winning director and producer specializing in 3D animated short films. He has won numerous film festival awards and his works has been selected in major film festivals around the world such as Germany, France, Austria, Canada, China, Belgium, S. Korea, Pakistan, India, […]

Kevin Kelley,Thursday, May 10, 2018

Watch this program! “Reaching Out to the World Through Non-Fiction Film” Kevin Kelley has been a documentary filmmaker for over three decades. His work has been honored with two regional EMMY Awards, two CINE Golden Eagle Awards and Three New York Festivals World Medal. His work has been screened at The International Documentary Film Festival […]

Roz Frank, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

“The Basque Country — Language, Culture, and Politics: A View from the Inside” Watch this program! Roslyn Frank obtained her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Post studies, she has used her credentials to serve the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, currently as a Professor Emeritus. Her […]

Jonathan Hollander, Thursday September 7, 2017

 “Dance Diplomacy” Watch this program Jonathan is one of the world’s outstanding choreographers, a man committed to international cultural exchange and social activism through dance. He is the Founder of Battery Dance and Dancing to Connect. Jonathan Hollander is the founder of Battery Dance, a group that teaches, performs, and advocates for the area of […]

Monica Correia, Wednesday May 3, 2017

“Exploring the World of 3D Design” Watch this program Monica Correia will discuss the art of designing and detail the many sources of inspiration for her work. Themes will include the intersection of art, technology, and nature. Monica will demonstrate the power that organic forms have to evoke emotions and express the ephemeral qualities of […]

James “Woody” Watson, Thursday April 20, 2017

“Culinary Nationalism: Fighting with Food” Watch this program James Watson was one of the first students to study Chinese at the University of Iowa, earning a B.A. in 1965, and received his Ph.D. in 1972 at UC Berkeley. He was, until his retirement in 2011, Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society and Professor of Anthropology at […]

Masa Yamamoto, Thursday March 23, 2017

“Bushido (Samurai Spirit) in Modern Japanese Culture, Sports, and Military” Watch this program Masamichi “Masa” Yamamoto is a lawyer qualified in New York, an Adjunct Lecturer of Keio University Law School in Japan, and a former Deputy Director of the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission of Japan. He is currently enrolled in the S.J.D. program […]

Tama Baldwin, Wednesday February 22, 2017

“Landscape in the Anthropocene: The High Arctic in the Time of Climate Change”  Watch this program Tama will speak about the landscapes experienced though her work, which includes a book about wilderness civilizations, a collection of photographs of the far northern biome, as well as bodies of work on the absence of natural darkness and […]

Corey Creekmur, Wednesday February 15, 2017

“The Invisibility of Popular Indian Cinema in America” Watch this program Why is what is often identified as the “world’s largest cinema” virtually unknown in the United States?  This presentation will consider some of the circumstances that have allowed popular Indian cinema (somewhat controversially labeled as “Bollywood”) to be neglected or invisible in America, despite […]

zp dala, Thursday October 20, 2016

“Sister Wives: Female Comrades in South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Struggles” Watch this program South Africa’s long struggle to transcend Apartheid has been widely documented, both pre- and post-democracy (1994), with an enduring focus on figures such as the late Dr. Nelson Mandela and the late Dr. Walter Sisulu. Less well-known are the stories of the women […]

Anna Barker & John Kenyon, Wednesday September 21, 2016

“Celebrating the City of Literature” Watch this program Iowa City is the only “City of Literature” in the United States, and the Iowa City Book Festival will celebrate books and writing by leveraging the unique mix of local resources that helped earn that designation. The oldest creative writing program in the country, and is regarded as […]

Christopher D. Roy, Thursday September 1, 2016

“Continuity and Change in the Political and Cultural Life of a Small West African Country” Watch this program The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council presents an expert in the field of African art, Professor Christopher Roy. In his myriad of adventures throughout the past 45 years in Burkina Faso, he has observed a multitude of […]

Joan Kjaer, Tuesday April 26, 2016

“Preserving the Magic and Poetry of Havana: A Delicate Dance” Watch this program Joan Kjaer directs the Communications and Relations unit of the International Programs at the University of Iowa.  She exercises strategic oversight and daily management of all facets of internal and external communications for the International Programs, international alumni relations, event management, and […]

Rachel Rose, Wednesday October 14, 2015

“Creating and Nourishing Community Through Poetry & Food” Watch this program Food literacy is a growing concern for industrialized nations such as Canada and the U.S.  Today’s children are the first generation whose life expectancy is less than that of their parents.  According to the Harvard School of Public Health, sugary drinks such as soda […]

Rochelle Potkar, Tuesday September 22, 2015

 “Putting Childhood Back into the Child: Rights and Realities of Children In India” Watch this program Rochelle Potkar is the author of The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories, and has three works in progress—a novel, a book of prose, and a book of poetry. Widely published online and in print, Rochelle is the co-editor of Neesah magazine, […]