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Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema: 2023 Obermann Humanities Symposium

Thursday, April 6, 2023 (all day)
After a two-year hiatus, the Obermann Humanities Symposium returns next academic year. On April 6, 7, and 8, 2023, "Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema" will feature filmmakers, translators, and film scholars from the Afro-Brazilian diaspora. Organized by Christopher Harris (Cinematic Arts) with partnership from Cristiane Lira (University of Georgia) and Brazilian filmmaker Janaína Oliveira, the symposium will feature the emerging wave of young Afro-Brazilian filmmakers, curators, programmers...
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Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema: 2023 Obermann Humanities Symposium

Friday, April 7, 2023 (all day)
After a two-year hiatus, the Obermann Humanities Symposium returns next academic year. On April 6, 7, and 8, 2023, "Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema" will feature filmmakers, translators, and film scholars from the Afro-Brazilian diaspora. Organized by Christopher Harris (Cinematic Arts) with partnership from Cristiane Lira (University of Georgia) and Brazilian filmmaker Janaína Oliveira, the symposium will feature the emerging wave of young Afro-Brazilian filmmakers, curators, programmers...
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Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema: 2023 Obermann Humanities Symposium

Saturday, April 8, 2023 (all day)
After a two-year hiatus, the Obermann Humanities Symposium returns next academic year. On April 6, 7, and 8, 2023, "Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema" will feature filmmakers, translators, and film scholars from the Afro-Brazilian diaspora. Organized by Christopher Harris (Cinematic Arts) with partnership from Cristiane Lira (University of Georgia) and Brazilian filmmaker Janaína Oliveira, the symposium will feature the emerging wave of young Afro-Brazilian filmmakers, curators, programmers...
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Application Deadlines

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Summer Application Deadline: Book Ends Book Completion Workshop (2022-23)

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 5:00pm
Co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Books Ends—Obermann/OVPR Book Completion Workshop 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. Applications for upcoming Book Ends workshops are due June 14, 2022 (5 p.m.) and September 15...
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Application Deadline: Obermann Fellows-in-Residence (Spring 2023)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 5:00pm
Obermann Center Fellows-in-Residence fully devote themselves to projects within an interdisciplinary community. The program supports artists, researchers, and scholars during periods when focus and feedback are crucial. The program is rooted in our mission: to support the work of individual scholars, while also providing Fellows with the opportunity to enrich an individual, discipline-specific project through interdisciplinary exchanges with a lively intellectual community of Fellows. Each year...
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Fall Application Deadline: Book Ends Book Completion Workshop (2022–23)

Thursday, September 15, 2022 5:00pm
Co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Books Ends—Obermann/OVPR Book Completion Workshop 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.
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Application Deadline: Obermann Interdisciplinary Research Grants (Summer 2023)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 5:00pm
The Obermann Interdisciplinary Research Grants (IDRG) foster collaborative scholarship and creative work by offering recipients time and space to exchange new ideas leading to invention, creation, and publication. IDRG groups work at the Obermann Center for two or four weeks, usually in July and/or August. Applicants propose work on a project with colleagues from across the University, across disciplines within their own department, or with colleagues from other parts of the country or the world...
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Application Deadline: Obermann Arts & Humanities Symposium Director (2023–24)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 5:00pm
Is there a burning topic in your discipline or a topic that cuts across disciplines that we should bring to campus? Is there a format for the conversation that can energize an intellectual community around that topic? That might be the perfect topic for an Obermann Arts & Humanities Symposium! These imaginative half- and whole-day symposia connect the arts and humanities with design, politics, health sciences, environmental studies, technology, and other disciplines via a compelling topic...
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Spring Application Deadline: Book Ends Book Completion Workshop (2022–23)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 5:00pm
Co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Books Ends—Obermann/OVPR Book Completion Workshop 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. Applications for upcoming Book Ends workshops are due February 15, 2023.
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Application Deadline: Obermann Working Groups (2023–24)

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 5:00pm
Obermann Center Working Groups provide space, structure, and discretionary funding for groups led by faculty that may include advanced graduate students, staff members, and community members with a shared intellectual interest. Groups have used this opportunity to explore new work and to share their own research, to organize a symposium, and to develop grant proposals.  This program allows participants from across the campus and beyond to explore complex issues at a moment when cross...
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Application Deadline: Obermann Fellows-in-Residence (Fall 2023)

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 5:00pm
Obermann Center Fellows-in-Residence fully devote themselves to projects within an interdisciplinary community. The program supports artists, researchers, and scholars during periods when focus and feedback are crucial. The program is rooted in our mission: to support the work of individual scholars, while also providing Fellows with the opportunity to enrich an individual, discipline-specific project through interdisciplinary exchanges with a lively intellectual community of Fellows. Each year...

Past Events

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Stars and Stones
Thursday, May 5, 2022 9:00pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival 2022 Production Stars and Stones By Emma Silverman Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz Thursday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Alan MacVey Theatre, UI Theatre Building A young Jewish woman reckons with the ghosts of her past and the apparitions of the present during and after a research trip to Poland. As she is launched back and forth through history, she is forced to consider the nature of her project while a scattering of strangers embark on their own moralistic...
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Stars and Stones
Thursday, May 5, 2022 5:30pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival 2022 Production Stars and Stones By Emma Silverman Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz Thursday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Alan MacVey Theatre, UI Theatre Building A young Jewish woman reckons with the ghosts of her past and the apparitions of the present during and after a research trip to Poland. As she is launched back and forth through history, she is forced to consider the nature of her project while a scattering of strangers embark on their own moralistic...
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Application Deadline: Summer 2022 Humanities Without Walls Seed Grants
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 5:00pm
In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Humanities Without Walls (HWW) project led by the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Obermann Center is offering summer 2022 Seed Grants to support the development of applications for the final HWW Grand Research Challenge. The Obermann Seed Grants provide up to $10,000 for faculty-led teams to develop proposals this summer which they will then submit to HWW, for a grant of up to $150,000 for...
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Young Writers Respond
Friday, April 29, 2022 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Phillips Hall
This year, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, IC Speaks, and the UI Center for Human Rights have asked students to respond to the legacy of Anne Frank via various prompts—reflecting on Anne's experience as a hidden person and her message about social justice. In this event, writers from junior high age through undergraduates will share their entries. We'll hear from local voices, as well as from young people around the world who participated in these calls. This event follows the Anne Frank Tree...
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Anne Frank Tree Planting Ceremony
Friday, April 29, 2022 5:00pm
Macbride Hall
On April 29, 2022, a new tree will be planted on the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest—a sapling propagated from the immense horse chestnut tree that grew in the courtyard behind the annex where Anne Frank and her family hid for 761 days during World War II. This living symbol of Anne’s spirit and humanitarian message is the 13th Anne Frank Sapling to be planted in the United States. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to register so that we can approximate the number of...
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Amal Kassir Writing Workshop: Using Writing as a Tool for Healing
Friday, April 29, 2022 1:00pm to 2:30pm
North Hall
FREE – SPACE LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS SIGN UP: https://bit.ly/AmalWorkshop Poet Amal Kassir will be taking part in the Anne Frank Tree Planting Ceremony on the UI Pentacrest at 5:00 pm on April 29. Prior to the ceremony, she has offered to lead a writing workshop for students in the School of Social Work. Join Amal in a brave space, where we will be exploring our own stories for healing that may go beyond us, from within and back! Amal believes we have the capacity to control our narrative...

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