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Oct 3, 2023

Oct 3, 2023

6:30 PM

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Please join us at FilmScene this fall for a monthly screening and discussion series, Out of the Archive: Envisioning Blackness. A continuation of conversations begun last spring in the inaugural Out of the Archive program, the series showcases the vibrant, multifaceted tradition of Black cinema by presenting rarely screened and/or recently restored films. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (with students, in particular, encouraged to pick $0). Join us before each screening for a free dinner recept...

Oct 4, 2023

Oct 4, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Event

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The conference abstract is a surprisingly difficult academic genre. How do you explain your project and entice your reader with only a couple hundred words? In this Get It Done lunchtime workshop, Hyaeweol Choi (Professor, Religious Studies & Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies) and E. Cram (Professor, Communication Studies & Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies) will discuss how to write a compelling conference abstract that will grab the attention of conference selection committees. Bot...

Oct 5, 2023

Oct 5, 2023

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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Recently, there has been an escalation of book bans and censorship in public school classrooms and libraries across the U.S. Many of the current book ban campaigns target books by or about LGBTQIA+ persons and people of color. In this Obermann Conversation, an outreach librarian, two scholars of education, and the director of a local cultural institution will discuss the history of book bans in the Midwest as well as nationally, and look forward to a future with access to books for all. Pan...

Oct 5, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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The Department of English welcomes Ida Cordelia Beam Speaker, Jane Smiley, to speak on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Jane is a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and alumni of the University of Iowa's Department of English. A reception will follow. Her visit is made possible with the support of the Provost's office and the Department of English.

Oct 11, 2023

Oct 11, 2023

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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2023 is the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio—the first collected edition of his works, and the first publication ever of plays including Macbeth and The Tempest. Why are we still reading and performing his works all these years later? How do we situate Shakespeare’s plays in a contemporary context? Join us for a roundtable discussion on Shakespeare in the 21st century. At this conversational panel, scholars will discuss Shakespeare in the context of race, prisons, and contempor...

Oct 11, 2023

5:00 PM

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The Obermann Interdisciplinary Research Grants (IDRG) foster collaborative scholarship and creative work by offering recipients time and space to exchange new ideas leading to invention, creation, and publication. IDRG groups work at the Obermann Center for two or four weeks, usually in July and/or August. Applicants propose work on a project with colleagues from across the University, across disciplines within their own department, or with colleagues from other parts of the country or the w...

Oct 14, 2023

Oct 14, 2023

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Learn more about the Learning Sciences Graduate Student Conference at lsgsc.org 2023 Theme: Thriving in the Wilds Last year we asked what we learned from the upheaval and changes the global pandemic triggered , and where the Learning Sciences would go from there. This year we ask a new question: ​What does it mean to thrive, instead of just surviving? LSGSC is a gathering of emerging voices in the field of Learning Sciences. All graduate student work is welcome at LSGSC, but this year, w...

Oct 16, 2023

Oct 16, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Join us for a reading and discussion, co-sponsored by Prairie Lights, to celebrate The Theory of Being: Practices for Transforming Self and Communities Across Difference, edited by a research team including Sherry K. Watt, Duhita Mahatmya, Milad Mohebali, and Charles Martin-Stanley II. Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 7-8:30 p.m. Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa CityRSVP The book presents a state-of-the-art, robust, and adaptable process, the theory of Being, that offers strategies for work...

Oct 18, 2023

Oct 18, 2023

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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Please join us for a panel discussion with three internationally recognized leaders on the Hong Kong literary scene as they share their experiences with writing, editing, translating, and publishing in Hong Kong, and the challenges of literary translation and publishing in a wider global context. Followed by Q&A. Tammy Lai-Ming HO 何麗明 (Fall ‘23 IWP resident; poet, scholar, editor, translator; Hong Kong) is the author of a story collection, an academic monograph on...

Oct 25, 2023

Oct 25, 2023

5:00 PM

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Is there a burning topic in your discipline or a topic that cuts across disciplines that we should bring to campus? Is there a format for the conversation that can energize an intellectual community around that topic? That might be the perfect topic for an Obermann Arts & Humanities Symposium! These imaginative half- and whole-day symposia connect the arts and humanities with design, politics, health sciences, environmental studies, technology, and other disciplines via a compelling topic. ...

Oct 26, 2023

Oct 26, 2023

5:30 PM

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Wang Guangyi's Great Criticism series escalated to international fame in the 1990s. Cast as a representative of contemporary Chinese art at large, its global renown both emerged from and contributed to tired tropes of political dissidence. This talk looks at what has been oversimplified and missed in readings of these iconic images.  By uncovering new meanings for these works, this talk considers the broader stakes of interpretation in a Western-centered global art world. (Image credit: Wang...

Nov 6, 2023

Nov 6, 2023

1:30 PM - 3:20 PM

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Representing the Video Data Bank, Emily Martin (Distribution Manager) will present on the history, distribution, education and preservation practices of the Chicago based video art collection which is dedicated to fostering the awareness and scholarship of the history and contemporary practice of video and media art through its programs. This presentation will also include a screening and discussion of a selection of works from VDB’s collection that respond to the following question: How do ...

Nov 7, 2023

Nov 7, 2023

6:30 PM

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Please join us at FilmScene this fall for a monthly screening and discussion series, Out of the Archive: Envisioning Blackness. A continuation of conversations begun last spring in the inaugural Out of the Archive program, the series showcases the vibrant, multifaceted tradition of Black cinema by presenting rarely screened and/or recently restored films. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (with students, in particular, encouraged to pick $0). Join us before each screening for a free dinner recept...

Nov 9, 2023

Nov 9, 2023

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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What’s so smart about smart cities? In 2018, the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched a program to transform 26 pilot cities in the region to “smart cities,” where services and productivity are enhanced by information and communication technology (ICTs) and new modes of governance. Santos examines these smart cities as assemblages of feminized labor which are digitally extracted and distributed from Southeast Asia-based workers to the Global North. Santos analyze how stat...

Nov 17, 2023

Nov 17, 2023

12:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Virtual Event

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This is an online workshop with Professor Eric Hayot (Comparative Literature & Asian Studies, Penn State University), author of one of the most recommended guides to academic writing in the humanities (The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities) and an important commentator on the state of the humanities in general. The workshop welcomes all UI graduate students and faculty interested in practicing and teaching the art and craft of academic writing for the humanities. The eve...

Nov 30, 2023

Nov 30, 2023

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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In the last week, you’ve probably asked Google to answer questions, chatted with Siri, rocked out to a new band recommended by Spotify, or asked Chat GPT to produce a first draft of a form letter for you—reminders that our lives are already deeply entwined with artificial intelligence. The term "AI" covers a host of technologies. What connects them? Our very human ambition to create machines that can learn to solve problems. Join us for the next Wide Lens panel as experts from computer scien...

Feb 21, 2024

Feb 21, 2024

5:00 PM

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Co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Books Ends—Obermann/OVPR Book Completion Workshop supports University of Iowa faculty from disciplines in which publishing a monograph is required for tenure and promotion. The award is designed to assist faculty members in turning promising manuscripts into important, field-changing, published books. Applications for upcoming Book Ends workshops are due Sept. 21, 2023, and Feb. 21, 2...

Apr 9, 2024

Apr 9, 2024

5:00 PM

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Obermann Center Working Groups provide space, structure, and discretionary funding for groups led by faculty that may include advanced graduate students, staff members, and community members with a shared intellectual interest. Groups have used this opportunity to explore new work and to share their own research, to organize a symposium, and to develop grant proposals.  This program allows participants from across the campus and beyond to explore complex issues at a moment when cross-discip...

May 7, 2024

May 7, 2024

5:00 PM

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Obermann Center Faculty Fellows (formerly Fellows-in-Residence) fully devote themselves to projects within an interdisciplinary community. The program supports artists, researchers, and scholars during periods when focus and feedback are crucial. The program is rooted in our mission: to support the work of individual scholars, while also providing Fellows with the opportunity to enrich an individual, discipline-specific project through interdisciplinary exchanges with a lively intellectual c...