Wide Lens: WATER - interdisciplinary research exchange & conviviality at the Stanley Museum of Art

Dec 1, 2022

04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Stanley Museum of Art,

160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Inspiration & exchange across the disciplines

For each gathering in the new Wide Lens series, scholars and/or artists from across the university will briefly present their work on a shared topic of interest (pecha kucha–style), and then open the floor to questions and discussion over food and drink at the ever-inspiring Stanley Museum of Art.

Wide Lens is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Stanley Museum of Art.

About our inaugural event:

Does your inspirational well run dry at semester’s end? Join us for a flood of ideas about water. In this first of several pecha kucha gatherings, we invite you to an afternoon of rapid-fire research stories that look at water from fascinatingly different angles, then to connect with colleagues from across the University over food and drink in the beautiful, new Stanley Museum of Art.

20 slides per presenter, 20 seconds per slide


  1. Rob Rouphail, History, CLAS — The Black Water of the Indian Ocean
  2. Jean-Francoise Charles, Music, CLAS — Sounding Water
  3. Samantha Zuhlke, Planning and Public Affairs, Graduate College — Citizen-Consumers, Drinking Water, and Public Distrust 
  4. Terry Conrad, Art and Art History, CLAS — Ocean as Printshop
  5. Michelle Scherer, Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering — Get the Lead Out of Iowans’ Drinking Water!

Moderator — David Cwiertny, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, College of Engineering and CLAS

Ruthless Timekeeper — Teresa Mangum, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Office of the Vice President for Research

Additional Hosts — Roland Racevskis, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, CLAS; Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Associate Vice President for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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 in advance at