Colleen Theisen, Thursday July 16, 2015

“The International Magic of Chef Szathmary” Watch this program When describing his life in 1985, famed chef, entrepreneur, writer, entertainer, and bibliophile Louis Szathmary began by saying, “I can’t recall a time I did not have books around me. My family in Hungary was rich in books, not money.” Arriving in the U.S. in 1951 […]

Leo Eko, Wednesday, April 29, 2015

“Publish or Perish: The Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack & Freedom of Expression” Watch this program The January 2015 terrorist attacks  against French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, exposed the the acute tension between freedom of expression and respect for religious sentiments.  Newspapers around the world wrestled with the problem of whether to publish or not to […]

Ari Ariel, Thursday, April 9, 2015

“Illustrating Impacts of Foods on Identities & Migration: The Hummus Wars” Watch this program Some Middle Eastern nations are bringing the classic concept of ‘food fights’ to a new level—the Guinness World Records have inspired intense competition to craft the world’s largest dish of hummus, attempts have been made to trademark this Levantine delicacy which has captured […]

Kelsey Frisk, Thursday, February 12, 2015

“Indigenous Struggles: A Sámi Perspective” Watch this program The Finno-Ugric Sámi people of northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland are the only indigenous population to be recognized and protected in Scandinavia. Sámi people have inhabited Fenno-Scandinavia for over ten thousand years. But the combined forces of climate change, technology, increased industrial activity, and land-loss have led to […]

Alan Riach, Thursday, October 2, 2014

“Reflections on Scottish Literature, Nationalism, Referendum, & Recent Elections” Watch this program The distinction of Scotland in literary identity was claimed in the 1920s by Hugh MacDiarmid as the rebuilding of political sovereignty in the country. Now, almost a hundred years later, the independence referendum focuses our attention on the relations of artistic exploration and […]

Ana Merino, September 2, 2014

“Graphic Novels and Comics in Spain & Latin America” Watch this program A nation’s culture is often characterized by the history, politics and literature it creates.  Within literature, many overlook comic books and graphic novels as a key ingredient to cultural development.  When their presence is noted, comics are still often seen as a uniquely […]

Robin Hemley, July 22, 2014

“Exporting American Universities, MOOC’s and Yale in Singapore” Watch this program here Exporting American universities—including the University of Iowa and others through MOOC’s—holds considerable fascination today. Robin Hemley will talk about his newest employer, Yale—NUS, Singapore’s first liberal arts college. He will share his thoughts and experiences with this new and exciting venture. Robin Hemley […]

Christopher Merrill, May 7, 2014

“Reading Walt Whitman in Tehran” Watch this program here Christopher Merrill will discuss the University of Iowa’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which he co-developed with Whitman scholar and Roy J. Carver Professor of English Ed Folsom. The course covered Walt Whitman’s famous poem, Song of Myself, and ran for six weeks. In addition, Christopher […]

Harilaos Stecopoulos, May 1, 2014

“Origins of US Cultural Diplomacy in the 1940s” Watch this program here. Some foundations of current day US diplomacy lie in the cultural internationalism of the 1940’s.  By way of diplomats, authors and thinkers, some obscure, but equally influential figures became its respected architects including William Fulbright, Archibald MacLeish,  and Sumner Welles.  Harilaos Stecopoulos examines […]

Isabel Barbuzza, March 13, 2014

“Lithium and the Green Car: Social and Environmental Changes in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia”  Watch this program here. As energy hungry nations search for fossil-fuel alternatives, some look to lithium as a source for electricity. Bolivia’s salt desert, Salar de Uyuni, is 100 times the size of the famed Bonnevile Salt Flats of Utah and […]

Philip Lutgendorf, March 13, 2014

“Making Chai with a Fulbright” Lutgendorf was in India during 2010-11 as a Fulbright-Hays Senior Overseas Research Fellow. His research topic was the popularization of tea drinking in India and its evolution into the country’s (invented) “national drink”-chai, a distinctive spiced tea. This topic necessarily touches on colonial era and post-Independence history, the rise of […]

Peter Gries, October 17, 2013

“Hollywood in China: How American Culture Shapes Chinese Views of the USA” Watch the program here. If America is the world’s largest exporter of culture, China is certainly the world’s largest importer. Peter Gries will discuss the role of popular culture in improving attitudes toward America in China and increasing the desire for friendlier US […]

Clary Salandy, April 22, 2012

“Building Community Through the Caribbean Carnival Arts” Watch the program here. Carnival parades have always been vibrant, exciting displays of the visual arts and music in dynamic motion.  New carnival traditions have been created as people have emigrated to other countries, including Canada, Great Britain, the US, Germany, and the Netherlands, to name just a few.  […]

Catherine Hale, September 20, 2012

“New Geographies in African Art: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Museum and the Field” Watch the program here. One of the challenges of curating the so-called non-Western arts in a North American museum space is thinking about how to connect diverse audiences with the unique objects on display and their complex and sometimes unfamiliar histories. […]

Edouard Duval-Carrié, March 2, 2012

“The Artist and the Haitian Art Relief Fund” Watch the program here. Haitian-born painter and sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrié gave a talk on “The Artists and the Haitian Relief Fund” where he discussed his own activities as a part of the Haitian relief effort, in addition to presenting a selection of his most recent artistic productions. […]