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Willa Cather and Kolaches along the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway

This summer, I am working alongside Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development to create a booklet that introduces readers to food traditions along the Iowa Valley Scene Byway, a 77-mile route where people of Belgian, German, Meskwaki and Czech decent (among others) live, work and eat...

Engaging Audiences; Connecting Communities

In 1871, regarding a string of public concerts held in Iowa City, composer and music educator Henry Southwick Perkins wrote that “it is a very natural sequence that these public educational efforts should find the proper elements in which to propagate in these [Midwestern] States,” a mission in which “Iowa is not [a] whit behind.”

Photo of Langston Hughes in black and white

Back to the Text

I love poetry. I love the way it looks on the page, I love the way it feels to read out loud. I love its rhythm, its images, and its power. And I love the moments when I read it with my students and it makes sense to them.

Stories of Work and Working Lives

The history of labor organizing is a history of turmoil, battles, loss of life and livelihood. It’s also a history of individual and collective perseverance. Solidarity and Survival by Shelton Stromquist tells an oral history of labor organizing starting in the early 20th century.

The HPG Advisory Board: On the Meaning of Humanities and the Work of Higher Education Amidst COVID-19

In the final week of March 2020, as the University of Iowa geared up to commence classes and work from home in response to the novel coronavirus, members of the Humanities for the Public Good advisory board offered some informal, of-the-moment reflections about their work as humanists during this globally anxious time. Our board members bravely shared both professional and personal thoughts to the prompts (highlighted below in bold). To protect their honesty and vulnerability in thinking through the current tensions and opportunities in the humanities, their specific responses are anonymous; instead, we employ the page break line to indicate a transition to a different member's response.