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The Importance of Language in Our Community

One day, as I was walking downtown on my way to my car, my dad called me. He knew I was done with teaching and called to ask me something. I don’t even remember the details of our conversation. What I do remember is the way people looked at me as I walked along speaking…

Strategies for Exposing Humanities PhD Students to Multiple Career Paths

Discussions about how fewer tenure-track positions in the humanities and the social sciences are becoming are well documented by scholars like Kezar and Maxey (2012) and Rodgers (2020). No doubt, this dynamic is a major feature of the current neoliberal era that is characterized by social-economic precarity and reduced government funding in education (Deming and Walters 2018).…

Interpreting Research Creatively: Making a Zine

How can research be expansive? What can research produce? I have been considering these questions this summer while working with Public Space One to investigate their newly acquired historic homes. As I was collecting and curating a selection of texts and images related to the properties (the Close house, 225 N. Gilbert, and 229 N.…

Let’s paint murals in Iowa City childcare centers!

In 1943 the esteemed Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock completed Mural, both his first commission and largest ever canvas. Pollock’s technique was his earliest effort in what art historians call “action painting,” as he splashed, as opposed to brush, some of the paint, likely while listening to jazz and smoking cigarettes. His oil on linen…

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