Humanities Without Walls

Humanities Without Walls The Obermann Center represents the University of Iowa as one of 15 research universities that are part of a $3,000,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Humanities Without Walls consortium uses the power of humanities centers to leverage the strengths of multiple distinctive campuses with the goal of creating new […]

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Working Symposia

Designing the Digital Future: A Human-Centered Approach to Informatics To many, informatics means big data. But as the 2014 Obermann Working Symposium, Designing the Digital Future: A Human-Centered Approach to Informatics, demonstrated, informatics technology intersects with narrative, the arts, collaborative learning, dance, diversity, social justice movements, values sensitive design, visual thinking, and more. Moreover, our guest speakers were especially committed […]

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Iowa Humanities Festival

The Elusive Prairie  The third Iowa Humanities Festival (IHF) invited participants to consider the prairie—its role in our history and cultural development and how our relationship to the land has morphed with time and urbanization. This year’s IHF started on Friday evening, with a reception at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center. The evening […]

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Themed Semester

Food for Thought The Obermann Center was a major partner in the inaugural University of Iowa theme semester, “Food for Thought,” a cross-campus project anchored by the Provost’s Office of Outreach and Engagement. The initiative was headed by Doris Witt, English (CLAS). In the fall, we hosted a half-day symposium for University of Iowa graduate […]

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Laura Spelman Rockefeller Grants

The Obermann Center supports the DeLTA Center’s projects in the area of children’s learning and development through the Laura Spelman Rockefeller grant. Members of the DeLTA Center and their community partners—professionals from the Iowa Children’s Museum, Iowa 4Cs, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, Iowa City Community School District, Foundations of Learning, Children’s Center for Therapy, […]

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Obermann Afternoons

These monthly talks offer an informal opportunity for UI scholars, particularly those with an Obermann affiliation, to share their work with a broader public. We offer three talks each semester; speakers discuss new concepts, innovative initiatives, and research in progress. This year, many of our Obermann Afternoons were filmed and broadcast by City Channel; we […]

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