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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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, Room 201
1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA

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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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William Theisen

William Theisen left a positive review 9/11/2017

Exellent. In fact, I think, if the professors are willing, invite them back next year, to cover some other piece of their work research work.

Karma Cahill

Karma Cahill left a positive review 9/11/2017

This couple of stellar scholars are a huge asset to UI and the State of Iowa. Long may they prosper here in this fertile soil. We need them to teach us all how to negotiate the rough shoals of racism with grace, humor and charm. They are really making lemondade and we need to support them at every turn so their talents will stay in Iowa. Karma Cahill