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 ofContinue reading “Christopher D. Roy, Thursday September 1, 2016”

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, andContinue reading “Joan Kjaer, Tuesday April 26, 2016”

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 sodaContinue reading “Rachel Rose, Wednesday October 14, 2015”

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,Continue reading “Rochelle Potkar, Tuesday September 22, 2015”

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 1951Continue reading “Colleen Theisen, Thursday July 16, 2015”

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 toContinue reading “Leo Eko, Wednesday, April 29, 2015”

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 capturedContinue reading “Ari Ariel, Thursday, April 9, 2015”

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 toContinue reading “Kelsey Frisk, Thursday, February 12, 2015”

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 andContinue reading “Alan Riach, Thursday, October 2, 2014”

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 uniquelyContinue reading “Ana Merino, September 2, 2014”

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 HemleyContinue reading “Robin Hemley, July 22, 2014”

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, ChristopherContinue reading “Christopher Merrill, May 7, 2014”

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 examinesContinue reading “Harilaos Stecopoulos, May 1, 2014”

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 andContinue reading “Isabel Barbuzza, March 13, 2014”

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 ofContinue reading “Philip Lutgendorf, March 13, 2014”

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 USContinue reading “Peter Gries, October 17, 2013”

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. Continue reading “Clary Salandy, April 22, 2012”

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.Continue reading “Catherine Hale, September 20, 2012”

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.Continue reading “Edouard Duval-Carrié, March 2, 2012”