We've launched a new program to support academic writers: the Obermann Writing Collective. These small, write-on-site groups meet in our new Writers' Attic at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at 111 Church St. This pilot program offers companionship and accountability to University of Iowa artists, scholars, and researchers working on any kind of academic writing project (ex. academic articles/essays, fellowship or grant applications, book projects, edited volumes, or nonfiction) who want dedicated time, a cozy space, and a community for the practice of writing.
Groups meet once a week for one and a half hours. Weekly writing sessions include brief check-ins, goal setting, and sustained writing time—along with warm appreciation and support for the demanding work of scholarly writing. We are currently hosting dedicated sessions for graduate students, as well as sessions open to anyone in the University of Iowa academic community.
Fall 2023 groups are full, but sign up below to get notified when we're ready to accept members for Spring 2024 groups!
For the last two years, many of us have deeply missed the good company of our colleagues. This new series—a joint initiative of the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Stanley Museum of Art—aims to re-inspire and reconnect us.
For each gathering in the Wide Lens series, researchers, scholars, and artists from across the university will briefly present their work on a shared topic of interest. Then, we'll open the floor to questions and conviviality over hors d'oeuvres and drinks at the ever-inspiring Stanley Museum of Art.
This program supports University of Iowa faculty from disciplines in which publishing a monograph is required for tenure and promotion. The award is designed to assist faculty members turn promising manuscripts into important, field-changing, published books.