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My Iowa Story

The University of Iowa has been a formative character in the life story of thousands of students, faculty and family members.

My Iowa Story is an opportunity for storytellers from the UI community to share a collection of life-altering moments influenced in one way or another by their experience in Iowa City. The series of evening events are part the UI’s Week of Inspiration.

Peter Aguero, host of The Moth Radio Hour heard on public radio stations across the country, will lead each storytelling session. The Moth celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. My Iowa Story aims to do the same within the context of the UI.

Guests of My Iowa Story sessions will hear narrative of a wide array of personal experiences. This evening is hosted at the Voxman Music Building in partnership with the Iowa City Downtown District's First Round Community Happy Hour and will include stories from:

  • Christine Ralston, a speech from a beloved university figure gives the woman the strength to persevere through a difficult situation
  • Okechukwu Ukah, a resident of Iowa City finds his true self after discovering where he belongs in the community
  • Peter Aguero, a Moth GrandSLAM champion and an instructor for The Moth Community Program

A welcome reception with hors d’oeuvre and refreshments will occur from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. During the session, inspired guests will also be invited to share their Iowa story and become part of the “My Iowa Story” program. Each member of the UI community has their own story, and it connects us in a remarkable way.

RSVP encouraged by clicking on the "I'm Going" button on the event page, and following the login instructions. Friends and Alumni will be prompted to create an account the first time they register for a University of Iowa event. Please contact if you encounter any technical issues.

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 the President in advance at 319-335-3549.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Voxman Music Building, Recital Hall
93 East Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

Event Type

Community Event, Social, Performance, Guest Speaker


Students, Parents, Alumni/Friends, Faculty/Staff, Graduate Students, Community Members

General Interest

After Class, Arts Iowa




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Recent Activity

Loraine Brenner

Loraine Brenner left a positive review 9/14/2016

I love the Moth Radio Hour, listen to it weekly. So I was delighted to listen to the stories Thursday evening. Each one told a very moving story of a moment that changed life. They touched a cord in all of us. I know I was feeling emotional for a few hours afterward.

Chelsea Hoye

Chelsea Hoye left a positive review 9/16/2016

Great reception. Beautiful stories. 10/10 would recommend.

Karlyn Larson

Karlyn Larson left a positive review 9/14/2016

Wonderful stories. Heartbreaking, touching, thought provoking, entertaining. Thank you for sharing your stories.