“At rows of blank-looking counters sat rows of blank-looking girls, with blank, white folders in their blank hands, all blankly folding blank paper.”
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...
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.”
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.
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.
Finally, a summer not spent in retail or on the farm. Finally, a chance to do something with my Humanities training.
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. As a cautionary measure for everyone's health, we are postponing this workshop for the time being. We look forward to re-scheduling this workshop in the near future. Curious about how to maximize your LinkedIn productivity, or…
Thursday, April 16, 202012:-00–1:30 p.m. via Zoom HUMANITIES FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD presents an opportunity to get direct, useful feedback and guidance on job application materials in a virtual Zoom workshop. This workshop will guide students in developing lifelong career…
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.
Historians & Iowa Alumni Karen Christianson, Eric Zimmer and Sylvea Hollis visit campus, speaking about their "alt-ac" work as historians across the United States.