Monday, March 19, 2012

The culmination of each year's Graduate Institute is for participants to create a project that combines some aspect of their research and/or teaching with a community-based issue or organization. This year's Obermann Graduate Institute Fellows will present their projects at this year's Jakobsen Graduate Conference on March 24 from noon to 5:00 at the IMU. The Graduate Fellows' projects include a wide array of disciplines and approaches, including a project by Eric Zimmer (History, CLAS) who is working toward renovating an old barn and turning it into an interpretive center. Located near a Native American-themed tourist attraction in South Dakota, Zimmer hopes to use the site to shed light on multiple periods and aspects of Native American history from the surrounding area, including tribal relationships to tourism. stef shuster (Sociology, CLAS) will be sharing her website, TransCollaborations: working towards (trans)gender justice in Iowa City, a site she hopes will be a vehicle not only for the transgender community but also for community providers seeking ways to better support and connect with the trans community.