WorldCanvass presents "Food for Thought"

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
118 East College Street

The UI’s “Food for Thought” project—its first ever theme semester—offers a platform for engagement on campus and throughout the state around one of life’s constants…food.  Join host Joan Kjaer and chefs, restaurateurs, foodies, experts in public health and cultural studies, and others when WorldCanvass explores the ways in which food affects us as individuals and binds us as members of communities.  The live program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5 p.m., January 20, at FilmScene in downtown Iowa City.  

Food sustains us physically.  It connects us culturally and emotionally.  Food feels like home.  And, critically for a state like Iowa, food production provides the basis for our rich and varied agricultural economy.   It really is true that we are what we eat—but that’s true in more ways than one.   The creation and sustenance of food traditions around the world says much about who we are and where we’ve come from, what we care about and what our values are.  WorldCanvass guests will embrace this discussion from multiple vantage points. Topics for “Food for Thought” include Food, imagination, and the power of memory (5:00-5:25); How we eat (5:30-5:55); Food and cultural resonance (6:00-6:25).  Feel free to come and go as needed. Learn more about this program.

Audience members are invited to enjoy a catered reception from 4:00-5:00 p.m. preceding the show.  

WorldCanvass is recorded before a live audience for later broadcast on UITV, YouTube, iTunes, and the Public Radio Exchange. Podcasts can be downloaded for free from iTunes and past programs are available through IP’s website at

WorldCanvass is a production of UI International Programs in collaboration with FilmScene and University of Iowa Video Services. For more information on WorldCanvass, contact Joan Kjaer at or visit

The Obermann Center will continue the discussion with a Food for Thought Symposium on April 17-18.  Details on the two-day symposium can be found here.