One of the cornerstones of the Humanities for the Public Good PHD will be experiential learning. With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Iowa Graduate College along with the help of our Graduate Summer Intern Fellows and our internship hosts, we’re asking what the “applied humanities” might look like. Students spend two summer months working with and for a campus or community partner on a thoughtfully designed project. Following an orientation, the students attend several cohort gatherings over the summer to share their experiences. They also respond to prompts and to each other in an online discussion that continues throughout the two months. Together, they discuss what the humanities mean in their workplace, how concepts and methods from their disciplines translate into their workplace, and they are reimagining their own research and writing in their scholarly work in light of their internship experience. We are also deeply grateful for the patient, creative, resourceful mentors in the internship sites who are not only working closely with the students but also teaching and learning with us.
African American Museum of Iowa
Jennifer Miller is a second-year doctoral student in the College of Education’s Language, Literacy, and Culture program. She has recently been studying critical archival theory, radical empathy, mediatization, and the transformative potential of affective relationships in the context of archival research. During the summer HPG internship program, she hopes to learn new digital and analog approaches for gathering, presenting, and preserving narratives that illuminate different forms of activism embraced by African Americans who are living in Iowa.
I am a first-year student in the French/Francophone Studies M.A. program on track to earn my Ph.D. at the University of Iowa as well. An aspiring professor of French language and culture, I will use art to broaden students’ perspectives and to demonstrate that the Humanities serve everyone, not just an educated elite. This summer, I hope to implement this belief by connecting undergraduates to Hancher’s enriching performances.
Cody Norling is a PhD student in historical musicology at the University of Iowa where he studies a broad range of topics related to operatic dissemination, consumption, and reception, and is currently undergoing dissertation research regarding the civic density of operatic cultures in Interwar Chicago. In addition to his academic work, Cody takes noted interest in public arts communication and, in recent years, has held positions with Hancher Auditorium’s “Embracing Complexity” initiative and the Des Moines Symphony’s “Concert Prelude Talks” series. He plans to further this commitment to public programing with this summer’s internship experience.
Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development
I am a fourth year PhD Candidate in English studying 20th-21st century American literature with an emphasis on queer literary celebrity and style. I am excited for the opportunity to feature Iowa food culture’s unique place at the table. While I hope this internship will expand on my research capabilities and my background in food studies, I am also grateful for the chance to develop my interpersonal skills through interviews with members of the community.
Jonathan R. Lack is a 2nd-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Iowa’s Department of Cinematic Arts, earned his B.A. and M.A. summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has written, published, and podcasted on film and media since the age of 10. He specializes in East Asian cinema, with a particular focus on Japanese film and animation, and has written extensively on directors such as Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. His approach aims to study film and media in ways that are uniquely personal, interdisciplinary, and accessible for a wide audience of both scholars and casual viewers.
National Czech & Slovak Museum
Laura is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Department of English, specializing in19th-century literature. Her work focuses on the representation of material bodies and body management in Victorian fiction after cultural advancements in biology, chemistry, and physics. As a researcher and teacher, Laura is excited for the opportunity to learn more about education beyond the college classroom and ways to make histories and narratives accessible to our communities.
Public Space One
Dellyssa Edinboro is a fifth-year doctoral student in the College of Education’s Schools, Culture, and Society (SCS) PhD Program at the University of Iowa. She researches African American women’s educational experiences abroad in the 20th century. By working with the Public Space One’s Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS), she hopes to explore the educative role of community-engaged creative work.
UI Labor Center
Kassie just completed her third year in the English PhD program at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include race, nation-building, and women’s labor in the 19th-century. Kassie hopes to use this internship to begin building connections between the 19th-century and today, uncovering the enduring and critically important legacy of women’s labor.
I am a fourth year PhD student in Language, Literacy and Culture. I’m interested in original theater as a way of performing self and performing knowledge, and also how to leverage the power and flexibility of digital writing spaces in the writing and revision process. I have been an active union member and in union leadership since my time as high school teacher, and look forward to combining this passion for labor solidarity and the tools of qualitative research in my work with the Labor Center.