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 2017 Dialogue Series Program Information


The Iowa International Center is proud to partner with 
Meredith Corporation in hosting the
Dialogue Series programs.  



The Meeting Point: How the Organization Uses Journalism to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in Iowa

Tuesday, May 9 – Noon to 1 p.m.

Four years ago, Victor Ayara, an award-winning Nigerian broadcaster, voice artist and entertainer, came to the United States. In 2016, Victor, a passionate mentor of young people, established The Meeting Point, a media- and community-engagement platform to foster inclusion and increase awareness and understanding of the minority communities in Iowa and beyond. Now, in addition to working at Sammons Financial Group and completing his master’s degree in communications, Victor is the Public Relations Officer for the Nigerian Association of Iowa, an advisor for Africans in Iowa for Empowerment, and the founder of Des Moines-based African band Ima Kulture. Victor will share his journey to creating The Meeting Point and expand on the promising journalism project.  


Helping Hands: Stories from Passport to Prosperity Honorees

Tuesday, September 12– Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Each year the Iowa International Center hosts its annual Passport to Prosperity Awards Celebration and Gala, honoring immigrants and refugees who have made Iowa a better place to live through their contributions to the economic, social and cultural fabric of their communities. The annual gala includes cultural entertainment and food samples representing the native countries of the 2017 Honorees. Learn more about Passport to Prosperity, meet previous award recipients before the 2017 event on October 14, and hear what made each worthy of recognition.


Worth a Thousand Words: Bringing People and Cultures Together Through Photography

Tuesday, November 14 – Noon to 1 p.m.

At age 14, Mirza Kudic and his parents escaped the Bosnian War, fleeing to the United States. Mirza learned English, graduated from high school, and spent four years in the Army. He served in Iraq, and found readjusting to civilian life difficult. Six years ago, Mirza met a woman who helped him rediscover his purpose. Several years later, he picked up a camera and tapped into his creativity. Since then, Mirza has garnered a large following on social media for his Des Moines photography, and he formed Des Moines Photo Adventures. The organization brings people from all over Iowa for free photography lessons from Mirza. Des Moines Photo Adventures provides these photographers with a way to meet others who share their interests and passions; make new friends; and learn from one another. Mirza will discuss his photography program and the positive impact it’s made on his own life.




All Dialogue programs 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 email pgrote@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.



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