A World at Home | A Home in the World
The Second Annual Iowa Humanities Festival
Date and Time of Festival: April 12, 2014 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Salisbury House and Gardens and the Des Moines Art Center
The Iowa Humanities Festival welcomes Iowans to explore significant themes through the lens of the academic and public humanities. Presenters from Iowa colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and archives as well as the venues highlight the rich tradition of the humanities in Iowa. Join us in exploring this year's theme A World at Home | A Home in the World through the lens of the arts, cinema, history, languages, linguistics, literature, performance, philosophy, comparative religion‹perspectives that offer insight into the local and far flung cultures that shape the lives of Iowans.
The Festival will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 am-6 pm. The day begins at Salisbury House and Gardens in Des Moines (4025 Tonawanda Drive), a 42-room manor that houses book and art collections from around the world. The opening panel, a preview of the theme, will be followed by presentations and library tours. Throughout the day, guests can choose among topics and speakers and join tours of the Salisbury House Library. Special guests will headline the box lunch. For the final event, the Festival will move a few blocks away to the Des Moines Art Center where panelists will discuss the flow of art between Iowa and the world. The Art Center is also generously hosting a closing reception. A $10 registration charge covers lunch, the reception, and all events.
List of speakers:
- Ellen Hoobler (Art History, Cornell): “The Imagery of Progressive Politics from Mexico to Iowa: The Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse Mural”'
- Adriana Méndez Rodenas (Spanish & Portuguese, Iowa): "Mythologies of Return: Homeland and Diaspora in Ana Mendieta's Rupestrian Sculptures"
- Janice Gross (French & Arabic, Grinnell): Iowa, Islam and Algeria: Bridging the Local and the Global in Small-Town Iowa”
- Stephen Sturgeon (Libraries, Iowa): “Alexander von Humboldt and the Founding of Dubuque’s Iowa Institute of Science and Arts”
- John Monroe (History, Iowa State): “Of Art and Others: The Transcultural Journey of an African Mask”
- Mary Trachsel (Rhetoric, Iowa): “Home Sweet Biome: Rustic and Academic Environmental Education in Iowa”
- Karen Leroux (History, Drake): “Embracing Nature While Resisting Culture: U.S. Teachers ‘at Home’ in Late 19th-Century Argentina”
- Megan Stout Sibbel (Curator and Historian, Salisbury House): “Pencils, Blackboards, and Crucifixes: Northern Nuns and Southern African American Schools”
- Ralph Savarese (English, Grinnell): “Neurocosmopolitanism: Poetic Potential in Autism”
- Elizabeth Robertson (English, Drake): “Reading the Landscape: On Finding Willa Cather in Sri Lanka”
- Hai-Dang Phan (English, Grinnell): “The Secret Life of Phan Nhien Hao, or, Translation and Transnation in the Midwest”
- Philip Lutgendorf (Asian & Slavic Languages and Literatures, Iowa): “Chai Why? The Making of the Indian ‘National Drink’”
- Neil Nakadate (English, Iowa State): “Looking after Minidoka—Memoirs of a Japanese-American Family”
- Christine Shea and Julia Oliver-Rajan (Spanish & Portuguese, Iowa), Yo soy iowenese / I am an Iowan: Being Bilingual in the 21st Century”
Planning Committee: Barbara Ching (Iowa State University), Jeff Fleming (Des Moines Art Center), Shuchi Kapila (Grinnell College), Teresa Mangum (University of Iowa), Craig Owens (Drake University), Eric Smith (Salisbury House and Gardens). This event is a collaboration of Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Des Moines Art Museum, Salisbury House and Gardens.