2016 Dialogue Series Program Information


The Iowa International Center is proud to welcome
Meredith Corporation as the new partner and host of the
Dialogue Series programs.  


All Dialogue programs will take place from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on scheduled dates, in the Meredith Corporation Conference Core at 1716 Locust Street in downtown Des Moines.

Free parking is available for the public in the on-site parking garage.

Please call 515-282-8269, ext. 13 


 Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Programs!

Celebratory Season: Winter Holidays in Different Countries, Cultures and Religions

Tuesday, December 13 – Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Ambassadors from CultureALL, a nonprofit organization that creates cultural experiences to provide understanding and appreciation of world cultures, will showcase the different winter holidays they celebrate. Olena Gryn will explore the ways Christmas traditions in her native Ukraine, which are based on pre-Christian pagan customs, differ from the more common Christian practices. Ana Rodriguez, who moved to Des Moines from her native Guadalajara, Mexico, five years ago, will outline the distinctions of Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a wintertime Christian holiday celebrated in Mexico. Abe Goldstien, an active member of Des Moines’ Jewish community, will explain the practices involved in the celebration of Hanukkah. Mohammad Ghnem, who was born and raised in Jordan before immigrating to the U.S. in 2011, will describe the Islamic holiday of Mawlid an-Nabi. Sherry Gupta, CultureALL Founder and Executive Director, will moderate the panel discussion.


Yoga and Your Resolutions: Bringing Its Physical and Mental Benefits into the New Year

Tuesday, January 10 – Noon to 1:00 p.m.

The New Year is a great time to discover the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, just as certified instructor Lily Hou did. After realizing the transformative effects of yoga, Lily developed a passion for exploring its ancient heritage. Over the past 15 years, she has trained with renowned yoga instructors around the world. Now, as the owner of Green Yoga House, Lily blends her extensive knowledge of body alignments and exercise safety to design yoga sequences that accommodate her clients’ needs, including arthritis, injury, anxiety and depression. In this program, Lily will introduce the historical background of various yoga practices and engage the audience in several yoga poses. For those wanting to participate, comfortable and non-restrictive clothing is strongly encouraged.



 Please email jconlin@iowainternationalcenter.org or call 515-282-8269, ext. 13.


About the Iowa International Center Dialogue Series

The Iowa International Center Dialogue Series is a monthly forum highlighting current international issues, offering perspective on current events and providing audience members the opportunity to ask questions and learn from local and global experts.

All Iowa International Center Dialogue Series events are free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring lunch to the event. 

Watch previous Dialogue Series programs on YouTube.