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Rolle bolle and community

In reading the introduction to Generous Thinking by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, I was struck by the moment where she differentiates between the notion of community as evoking a “dangerous, mythical notion of organic unity” instead of a “form of solidarity, of coalition-building.” I agree with Fitzpatrick that the romanticized, fanciful understanding of community as something easy, spontaneous, and naturally occurring is destructive.

Tabling for The Englert’s Strengthen, Grow, Evolve Campaign

On Saturday, June 15th I walked through downtown Iowa City in the early afternoon. Post-parade, Pride was in full-swing as dancers and performers prepared for the afternoon show and pedestrians wandered from venue to venue, table to table. In front of The Englert Theatre was a table tent for the Strengthen, Grow, Evolve Campaign, a joint venture shared by The Englert and FilmScene to "build the greatest small city for the arts in America."

UI Grad Students Accepted to Summer 2019 Engaged & Public Humanities Certificate Program at Georgetown

We are delighted to announce that five UI humanities graduate students—Laura Brown (Philosophy), Samuel Jambrovic (Linguistics), Brady Krien (English), Jamie Ritzo (Philosophy), and Shu Wan (History)—have been accepted to the Graduate Certificate in the Engaged & Public Humanities at Georgetown…

UI Awarded two grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation totaling $1.6 Million

One grant will bring exciting speakers to campus for a yearlong seminar on Latina/o/x identities and cultures; the other will create practice-based, cross-disciplinary opportunities for humanities graduate students interested in diverse careers. The University of Iowa (UI) Obermann Center for…