2014 Iowa Humanities Festival

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 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 9 am-6 pm. The day begins at Salisbury House 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.

 

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), J. Eric Smith (Salisbury House). This event is a collaboration of Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Des Moines Art Museum, Salisbury House.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
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 9 am-6 pm. The day begins at Salisbury House 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. 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), J. Eric Smith (Salisbury House). This event is a collaboration of Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Des Moines Art Museum, Salisbury House.
Participant , University of Iowa , Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Adriana Méndez Rodenas has been teaching at the University of Iowa since 1985.  A specialist in Latin American and Caribbean literature, she is particularly devoted to travel writing, transatlantic studies, and women’s writing.  Her book, Transatlantic Travels to Nineteenth-Century Latin America, is forthcoming from Bucknell University Press this fall.  She has received a number of prestigious awards, including an NEH Fellowship for University Teachers, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden, and a Research Fellowship at the Notre Dame Institute...
Participant
Catherine Hale is Curator of African and Non-Western Art at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). Her current projects, including her exhibition, Art and Life in Africa (on view at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City 22 Feb – 15 June 2014), explore the potential of digital technology to support inquiry-based museum education models. Prior to joining the UIMA, she curated exhibitions for the Carleton University Art Gallery and Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University. Hale completed her PhD in African Art History at Harvard University in 2013, where her research focused on...
Participant , The University of Iowa , Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Christine Shea is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at The University of Iowa, in the Spanish and Portuguese Department. Shea is also an affiliate member of the FLARE Program (Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education), the interdisciplinary program at The University of Iowa that sponsors the PhD in Second Language Acquisition. Shea has lived in Latin America and has her M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and her PhD is from the University of Calgary in second language acquisition. Her area of research addresses...
Participant , Drake University , Deparment of English
Elizabeth Robertson teaches medieval literature, linguistics, and writing courses in the Drake University English department. Her interest in post-colonial literature, theory and in travel writing has come about in part from teaching posts in Ethiopia and Malaysia, and from the opportunity to pursue a Fulbright Fellowship in Benin, West Africa. She has written articles about the theory and teaching of writing, and creative non-fiction essays about immigration and travel.
Participant , Cornell College , Assistant Professor of Art History
Ellen Hoobler is an art historian, specializing in the art of ancient Mexican cultures and the exhibition and use of these ancient objects in twentieth-century Mexico and the United States. Academic articles by Hoobler on ancient tombs of Oaxaca, southern Mexico; community museums of Oaxaca; and the reception of pre-Columbian objects in the early twentieth century. She is currently working on a project about the use of golden objects from a tomb at Monte Alban, Oaxaca in 1930s and '40s popular culture and diplomacy, and co-editing a volume of essays in honor of her former advisor Esther...
Participant , Grinnell College , Department of English
Hai-Dang Phan is assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. His teaching and scholarship focus primarily on ethnic American literature, poetry and poetics, translation studies, and the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature and culture. A graduate of Grinnell College, he holds an M.F.A in creative writing from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in literary studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He contributed the introductory essay to The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (Chax Press, 2013), an anthology edited and translated by Linh Dinh. His translations of poetry by...
Participant , Grinnell College , Department of French and Arabic
Janice (Jan) Gross is Seth Richards Professor in Modern Languages with Senior Faculty Status in the Department of French and Arabic at Grinnell College where she has taught the language, literatures, and cultures of the French-speaking world, with a specialization in contemporary theatre. Publications appearing in Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, French Review, and numerous collections focus on the French-Algerian relationship in the context of colonial and postcolonial experience.
Participant , Des Moines Art Center , Director
Jeff Fleming was appointed director of the Des Moines Art Center in the fall of 2005, where he had served as acting director, deputy director, senior curator, and curator since 1999. Previously, he held the position of chief curator of exhibitions at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fleming holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and a master of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Fleming’s initiatives as director of the Art Center have been to open its doors to...
Participant , Iowa State University , Department of History
John Warne Monroe has been teaching at Iowa State University since 2002, where he is an associate professor of History.  He has an A.B. in History and Creative Writing from Princeton, and a PhD. in History from Yale.  His research focuses on the concept of “modernity” and the various ways in which it shaped French – and more broadly, Western – people’s conceptions of themselves, their past, and their places in the world in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  He is author of Laboratories of Faith: Mesmerism, Spiritism and Occultism in Modern France (2008), and is currently at work...
Participant , University of Iowa , Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Julia Oliver Rajan teaches Spanish for heritage speakers in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa. Currently, she is investigating the differences and similarities of written peer review between heritage Spanish speakers and students taking Spanish as a foreign language. Her other areas of interest include the effectiveness of standardized oral proficiency assessments among bilinguals speaking Spanish in the United States and phonological variations in Caribbean Spanish. She has a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she...
Participant , Drake University , Department of History
Karen Leroux has been teaching United States and modern world history at Drake University since 2005. Her scholarship has focused on the histories of women, education, and work in the late nineteenth-century United States.  She has published articles in the Journal of Women’s History, the History of Education Quarterly, and several other venues. The experience of teaching modern world history at Drake, as well as an abiding love for travel, deepened her interest in transnational studies, especially at the intersections of gender, education, and foreign and domestic policy.  This transnational...
Participant , University of Iowa , Department of Rhetoric
Mary Trachsel is an associate professor in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of Iowa. She is a native Iowan, having grown up on a family farm near Sumner in Bremer County, Northeast Iowa, where she developed a lifelong interest in the natural environment and in human-animal relationships. Now, as a rhetoric scholar, she studies human-nonhuman animal communication and the rhetoric of environmental advocacy. Her current project is called Reviving Biophilia, a book that explores the historical development of human-animal relations in academic settings and considers academic...
Participant , Salisbury House Foundation , Curator and Historian
Megan Stout Sibbel joined the Salisbury House Foundation as the Curator and Historian in August 2013. She had previously been teaching in the history departments of Simpson College and Des Moines Area Community College, while also researching and writing her doctoral dissertation. Her academic training includes a BA in English and History from Simpson College, and a Master’s and PhD in U.S. history from Loyola University Chicago with emphases in public history and women’s and gender history. Megan has presented her research at a variety of academic conferences, including the Southern...
Participant , Iowa State University , Department of English
Neil Nakadate recently retired from Iowa State University after 40 years of teaching English, primarily American literature. His writing has appeared in various publications, including Aethlon, Cottonwood, ISLE, and Annals of Internal Medicine; he has edited two books on Robert Penn Warren and has written a critical study on Jane Smiley. His most recent book is Looking After Minidoka:  An American Memoir (Indiana University Press, 2013), which focuses on his own family to tell the story of three generations of Japanese American life, from immigration through the 20th century. He recently...
Participant , University of Iowa , Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature
Philip Lutgendorf is Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies and has taught in the University of Iowa’s Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature since 1985. He regularly offers Hindi language classes as well as courses on written and oral narrative traditions of South Asia, including Indian film. His book on the performance of the Ramayana epic, The Life of a Text (University of California Press, 1991) won the A. K. Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002-03 for his research on the popular Hindu “monkey-god”...
Participant , Grinnell College , Department of Humanities and English
Ralph James Savarese is the author of Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption, which Newsweek called a “real life love story and an urgent manifesto for the rights of people with neurological differences.” The book was featured on NPR, CNN, ABC, IPR and many other media outlets. He is also the co-editor of a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly titled “Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity.” He spent the academic year 2012/2013 as a Humanities Writ Large fellow at Duke University’s Institute for Brain Sciences.He teaches American literature, creative writing, and...
Participant , University of Iowa , English and American Literature Librarian
Stephen Sturgeon is the English and American Literature Librarian at the University of Iowa. In the Spring of 2013 he was a professeur invité at the École normale supérieure, where he delivered a series of lectures on American modernist poetry. A book of his poems, Trees of the Twentieth Century, was published by Dark Sky Books in 2011, and from 2006 to 2012 he was the Editor of Fulcrum: an Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics.