Public Forum for Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Director Candidate: Naomi Greyser

Feb 23, 2024

02:30 PM

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), Iowa Theatre (166)

125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52245

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Naomi Greyser, associate professor of American Studies, English and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, will deliver a presentation and participate in a Q&A as a candidate for the Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies (OCAS). 

Greyser serves as executive director of POROI, Iowa’s Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry. In her research, teaching and service, Greyser engages the process of knowledge creation, with an eye towards making space for messiness and unpredictability. Her first book, On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender, and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America, was published with Oxford University press in 2017. Her articles appear in journals across the humanities, including American QuarterlyFeminist Studies, American Literature, and MELUS: Multiethnic Literatures in the US. Through her scholarship, Greyser brings the literary-rhetorical arts to bear on conversations in university studies, the geo-humanities, American studies, intersectional gender studies, and history of the senses. 

With the support of grants from the Harvard-Radcliffe Institute and the UI Provost Office, Greyser is currently completing the first of two interlinked book projects: Un/Blocked: Writing, Research, and the Creative Process and Blocked: Writing, Race and Gender at the University. She is a fellow with the Mellon Foundation’s HuMetrics Initiative. 

Luis Martín-Estudillo, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and also a candidate for OCAS director, will present in a public forum at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28., in the Iowa Theatre of the IMU.

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