Interdisciplinary Institute for UI Graduate Students

The Obermann Graduate Institute is a one-week interdisciplinary institute in which UI graduate students from across campus and at any point in their graduate studies explore how public engagement can enhance teaching, research, and creative work.

During the week, participants discuss theories of engagement and meet with experts, including former Obermann Graduate Fellows, faculty members, UI administrators, and potential community partners. They partcipate in a site visit -- usually a community space that has collaborated with UI partners and that can suggest how to organize a successful partnership. And they develop their own engaged project, which they present in draft form at the end of the Institute and then again in a public forum of their choice. 

In 2013, we started capturing some of these projects in short videos, which can be here: Along with the following short overview video about the Institute, these provide a wonderful snapshot of the depth and range of our Fellows' work.

How to Apply

Application Period: Monday, August 26, 2013 to Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Current Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy

Past Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy