WorldCanvass program will kick off its sixth season Sept. 2
Monday, August 18, 2014

UI International Programs’ WorldCanvass series will kick off its sixth season with a new night, new location, and discussion of innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

WorldCanvassLaunch Party

Sunday, Aug. 24, 7-10 p.m.

WorldCanvass: The Passion that Drives Innovation

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Location: FilmScene, 118 East College Street
Free and open to the public

The free program, “The Passion That Drives Innovation,” will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at FilmScene, 118 E. College St. in Iowa City, and the public is encouraged to attend. A social hour will precede the program from 4 to 5 p.m.

FilmScene, Iowa City's nonprofit cinema arts organization, is the new home of WorldCanvass. Joan Kjaer hosts the program, which brings together campus and community voices for lively discussion of international topics one Tuesday a month during the academic year.

Shows are recorded in front of a live audience by UI Office of Strategic Communication staff for later broadcast on UITV, YouTube, iTunes, and the Public Radio Exchange. To hear and see past programs, visit the WorldCanvass website.

Blue Cheese and Re-APP screen shots
UI students developed the mobile applications Blue Cheese (top) and Re-APP.

This first program in the 2014-15 season will highlight the success stories of UI student entrepreneurs Blake Rupe and Liqi Wang. Rupe, of Ottumwa, Iowa, is founder and CEO of Re-APP, a mobile application that socializes and incentivizes users' personal green initiatives. Wang, of Jinan, China, is part of a student team that developed Blue Cheese, a visual menu translator application that was featured as a “Best New App” by the App Store.

Other discussion topics for the Sept. 2 program include rethinking our communities with the start-up mentality and bringing ideas to life from inception to completion. For a full list of featured guests, visit this International Programs website.

International Programs and FilmScene will celebrate their new WorldCanvass partnership with a public launch party on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. at FilmScene. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to come explore WorldCanvass’ new home and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and live music on the rooftop patio. There will be brief remarks at 8 p.m.

Visit the FilmScene website for more information.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Amy Green in advance at 319-335-1433 or at