The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

The UI’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies serves the research mission of the University of Iowa. The Center is a convening space dedicated to debate and discovery. Its grants for University of Iowa artists and researchers support imaginative collaborations and multi-disciplinary exploration. Its programming connects scholars across campus and engages the larger public in the ambitious, illuminating, and transformative work of the artists and scholars it serves.

The purpose of the annual Obermann Humanities Symposium is to explore an important humanities topic that highlights UI scholars and scholarship and includes both UI and visiting participants. Recent symposia have explored the role of the humanities in understanding and communicating the new age known as the Anthropocene, celebrating and forming a cohesive vision for the study of Latinos in the Midwest, and an examination of Don Quixote as one of literature’s most famous exemplars of parody and plagiarism.

Arts and Humanities Initiative Program

The group has received an AHI grant via the UI Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). The OVPR supports and advances research, scholarship, and creative activity on the University of Iowa campus. Through a broad variety of activities and services, the OVPR seeks to play an important role in the underpinning of these creative activities in the public and private sectors in our region.

 

Iowa City FilmScene

FilmScene is member-supported, mission-driven independent cinema that shows more than 300 feature films every year, in addition to presenting filmmaker dialogues, panel discussions, and community events.

 

University of Iowa International Programs

The group has received a major project award from International Programs (IP). IP provides guidance and support for international students in the University of Iowa community, as well as scholarships and assistance for UI students who wish to study, intern, or do research abroad. The unit also provides funding opportunities and grant-writing assistance for UI faculty engaged in international research. It also amplifies the globally oriented accomplishments of UI students, faculty, and staff by promoting such work through various media and public engagement activities. Through the generous support of the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, International Programs' major project award promotes important contributions to scholarly debates and exchanges on international topics, issues, discoveries, and arts.

 

University of Iowa Department of Cinematic Arts

The Department of Cinematic Arts approaches film from a critical and creative perspective, in relation to the other arts, and within an international and interdisciplinary frame.  It provides students with the critical tools necessary for the theoretical and historical analysis of cinema as well as the creative skills required for the production of film, video, and digital media. The department offers undergraduate degrees in cinema and screenwriting, as well as graduate degrees in film studies and film and video production.

 

University of Iowa Department of Spanish & Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is a research-oriented unit made up of diverse and multidisciplinary faculty who specialize in language, literary and cultural studies, creative writing, linguistics, and Spanish for the professions. We provide students with diverse cultural perspectives, critical thinking skills, and awareness of contemporary and historical issues to prepare them to be multilingual global citizens. At the graduate level, the Department offers three degrees: Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing, Master of Arts in Spanish, and Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish. 

 

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art

The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art welcomes the University of Iowa community, all Iowans, and the world to discover and enjoy extraordinary works of art, explore new ideas, and cultivate new insights into history, culture, and the act of creation. The Museum creates diverse communities around its collections by fostering creative connections across the university, the state, and the world. Through the wise stewardship and dynamic presentation of the collections in its care, the Stanley Museum encourages transformative encounters with works of art and contemplation of the human story.