Online Workshop Series: Reimagining Graduate Education as Preparation for Navigating Crises

Course Design Grants for Graduate Instructors

If you are teaching a graduate course during the next two years in the humanities or humanities adjacent areas (i.e., arts and social sciences) and you are inspired by the immersion series, you can apply for an HPG Course Design Grant. Recipients will have further support from Fisher, Anna, and the HPG team to help redesign a graduate course and a $1,000 stipend. Thanks to the generosity of the Mellon Foundation, this is an opportunity to test drive more equitable, inclusive, student-centered pedagogy.

Brief applications are due August 17. This opportunity is open to participants in the LS series and priority will be given to those who attend the full series. Details will be shared with participants.

In this series of free, online workshops, we imagined graduate education as embracing complexity, solving problems, and working for justice, while also exploring practices for stimulating conversation and liberating the full potential of groups.

Thursday, July 16: 8:30 – 10:30 am
Monday, July 20: 8:30 – 10:30 am & 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 21: 8:30 – 10:30 am & 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Monday, August 3: 8:30 – 10:30 am


What do grad students and those who assist their learning—faculty, fellow students, and academic staff—need to succeed in a future of intersecting and ongoing crises?
Led by Liberating Structures leaders Anna Jackson and Fisher Qua, we worked together to imagine graduate education rooted in values, motivated by wicked problems, and approached through disciplinary knowledge, active practice, and an ongoing search for meaning and purpose. Registration was open for one session or all four! Participants who complete one or more workshops are eligible for funded opportunities to re-invent graduate courses.

Liberating Structures (LS) is a set of clear, easy-to-learn, and powerful practices. LS helps people—including teachers, mentors, and students—work together to discover purpose, question assumptions, learn from failure, confront biases and inequities, support one another through decision-making and hard conversations, and connect ideas with actions, problem-solving, course correction, and forward motion.

We warmly welcomed anyone seeking to enrich graduate education across the disciplines to participate, including faculty, staff who work with graduate students, and graduate students themselves. LS can be easily adapted to any situation improved by collaborative work and learning.

You can register for one session or all four; however, the series will have the greatest impact on those who can participate for the full experience. Our one request is that you fully commit to any session for which you sign up.

1. To rethink pedagogy, especially at the graduate level
2. To build a community of people who want to explore Liberating Structures as a pedagogy
3. To further the mission of Humanities for the Public Good, a project sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create an interdisciplinary, humanities PhD

This free event is hosted by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and Humanities for the Public Good with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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 Erin Hackathorn in advance at 319-335-4034.