WorldCanvass: Against Amnesia

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
136 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Guests on the February 22 WorldCanvass will explore the critical role of archives in our everyday lives and historical experience.  Called “Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice,” the program is the first event in the Provost’s Global Forum-Obermann Humanities Symposium, the bulk of which will occur on March 1-3.  Panelists will open the virtual doors of archival cabinets and share some of Iowa’s and our nation’s most intriguing stories and little-known history—much of which might be lost if not for the thoughtful care and preservation undertaken by unsung heroes, sometimes at great personal risk. WorldCanvass will take place from 5:30-7 p.m., February 22, at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street.  The program is free and open to the public.  Please come early for a pre-show catered reception from 5-5:30 p.m.

Program guests are Teresa Mangum, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies; Karen Mason, UI Libraries’ Iowa Women’s Archives; Miriam Thaggert, UI Department of English, UI Department of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; Jacki Rand, UI Department of History; John Doershuk, Office of the State Archaeologist; Trina Roberts, UI Pentacrest Museums; John McKerley, UI Labor Center; Rachel Williams, UI School of Art and Art History, UI Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies; and Leslie Schwalm, UI Department of History, UI Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies.

The Provost’s Global Forum, sponsored by International Programs with funding from the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, is the premier annual event on campus focused on international and global issues. This year’s events are a joint project of International Programs and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Further details about the full schedule of events for the symposium “Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice” can be found here:

To see the complete program schedule, please visit

WorldCanvass programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on iTunes, the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the WorldCanvass website. University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen (

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