Beyond the Anthropocene features the work of three photographers who are in conversation with the illusory boundary between what is “natural” and what is “man-made.” Images from Daniel Beltrá’s series “Spill” record the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They are part of the Seattle-based photographer’s ongoing study of the juxtaposition of nature with the destruction wrought by unsustainable development.
Upcoming Events & Dates
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 7:30pm
A lecture by the noted food author as part of the Food for Thought theme semester. The lecture is hosted by the University of Iowa Lecture Committee and will take place at The Englert Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 7:00pm
Join the Obermann Center and the University of Iowa's Public Policy Center for a lecture from Salon columnist and author of What's the Matter With Kansas?, Thomas Frank. Frank's lecture, 'What's the Matter with Liberals?' Frank's many books include "What's The Matter With Kansas," "Pity the Billionaire" and "One Market Under God." He is the founding editor of The Baffler magazine.
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 3:30pm
The Obermann Center's Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Working Group presents Teresa Mangum, Professor of Gender, Womens', and Sexuality Studies, who will be speaking on "The Animal Archive - Anatomizing Taxidermy." All are welcome to attend.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 11:30am
Mark Ginsberg has been featured as an Innovative Retailer in the online journal JCK in the article “Jeweler M.C. Ginsberg Brings Biotechnology to the Bench” by Randi Molofsky, Contibuting Editor. The first line reads “A jewelry retailer since 1985, Mark Ginsberg wanted to find a way to keep his Iowa City store buzzing at all times—no matter the economic climate.”
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:00pm
Thursday, March 5, 2015 (All day)
The 2015 Obermann Humanities Symposium is Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene. Organized by Tyler Priest (History) Barbara Eckstein (English), and Bradley Cramer (Earth & Environmental Sciences), the goal of this event is to bring together public figures, scholars, and artists to make sense of humans' relationship to energy. It is an opportunity to collect and curate some of the best ideas for dealing with the large-scale human alterations of environments and ecosystems that have given a new name to the age in which we live: the Anthropocene.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:30pm
The practice of collecting artworks as mementos of one’s travels, as represented by the Doud Collection, dates back to the Grand Tour. One of the biggest attractions of the tour’s culmination in Italy was the wealth of great art and architecture, ancient, medieval, and early modern, that visitors enjoyed in various ways. The desire of travelers not only to see artworks and monuments in situ but also to bring them back so that they could remember and relive their sojourns at home gave rise to the beginnings of the souvenir industry in the eighteenth century. Th
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 4:00pm
Join Dr. Patrick Dolan, member of the Medical Narrative Working Group, discuss the importance of medical narratives in our everyday lives.