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Hawkeye Lunch & Learn: Invisible Hawkeyes

You are invited to the upcoming Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture titled Invisible Hawkeyes, presented by Lena and Michael Hill, Associate Professors of English and African American Studies. This lecture is free and open to the public, however, an RSVP is encouraged.

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What was it like to be a black student at the University of Iowa between the 1930s and the 1960s?  Drawing on research from their edited collection, Invisible Hawkeyes, Lena and Michael Hill show that during these decades, the UI’s growing reputation for excellence in the arts and athletics coincided with a period when more African Americans arrived on campus. The presence of accomplished black coeds performing in musical concerts, participating in visual art exhibitions, acting on stage, publishing literature, and competing on sports fields forced white students, faculty, and staff to confront their undeniable intellect and talent.  As these students’ contributions reached audiences on campus, in the city and the nation, and around the globe, they contributed significantly to the progress of the Civil Rights Movement.  By examining the collisions between Iowa’s polite Midwestern progressivism and black students’ determined ambition, this talk demonstrates how fraught moments of interracial collaboration, meritocratic advancement, and institutional insensitivity deepen our grasp of America’s painful conversion into a multiracial republic dedicated to racial equality.

This lecture is sponsored by the University of Iowa Provost's Office of Outreach & Engagement. To view upcoming lectures in the Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture series visit Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Outreach & Engagement in advance at 319-335-0684.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), Iowa Theater
125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, Iowa

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Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, African American Studies Program, Department of English

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Diversity, Outreach Iowa


African American/Black Community




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The Office of Outreach & Engagement

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Eileen Beran

Eileen Beran left a positive review 9/6/2017

The speakers informed me about positive, driven individuals who made a difference and who I hadn't heard of before.

Cirtl At Uiowa

Cirtl At Uiowa left a positive review 9/6/2017

I really enjoyed it. I took away some important lessons about the complexity of life during that time, and the way in which the Invisible Hawkeyes used their experience as tools for personal growth, and to advance social change efforts. I also appreciated learning about the level of personal depth, character, and maturity these individuals possessed, and how they channeled these strengths to not only inform their practice, but towards improving society by creating spaces where they were able to communicate about their culture through art. Nice job Drs. Michael and Lena Hill!

Diane DeBok

Diane DeBok left a positive review 9/6/2017

Very interesting information. The Hills are enthusiastic and personable presenters. Their research is so important and teaches us about an aspect of the UI of which most of us have not been aware.

Adele Vanarsdale

Adele Vanarsdale left a positive review 9/6/2017

Very insightful, wonderful speakers.

Victoria Maloy

Victoria Maloy left a positive review 9/6/2017

Lena and Michael Hill did a wonderful job presenting a few of the invisible Hawkeyes that studied at the University of Iowa.