2020-21
What Can Museums Become?
Co-directors: Jennifer Buckley, Joyce Tsai

Obermann Special Topics Seminar: What Can Museums Become? — Spring 2020

2019-20
Misfitting: Disability Broadly Considered
Co-directors: Douglas Baynton, Tricia Zebrowski 

Obermann Special Topics Seminar: Misfitting: Disability Broadly Considered — Spring 2019

2017-18
Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, & Social Justice
Director: Teresa Mangum

Obermann Special Topics Seminar: Archives, Power, and Social Justice — Spring 2018

2016-17
German Iowa & the Global Midwest, 2016-17
Co-directors: Glenn Ehrstine, H. Glenn Penny, Lisa Heineman

Obermann Special Topics Seminar: A Century of German Immigration to Iowa: 1848–1948 — Fall 2016

2015-16
Don Quixote in the Age of Electronic Reproduction
Co-directors: Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Denise Filios

Obermann Special Topics Seminar: Parody, Plagiarism, Patrimony: Don Quixote in the Age of Electronic Reproduction — Fall 2015

2014-15
Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene
Co-directors: Tyler Priest, Barbara Eckstein, Bradley Cramer

Obermann Special Topics Seminars: Energy Humanities and the Anthropocene — Spring 2015

Readings on the Anthropocene — Spring 2015

2013-14
Affect & Inquiry
Co-directors: Deborah Whaley, Jeff Bennett, Naomi Greyser

Obermann Special Topics Seminar: Affect and Inquiry: Emotion, Embodiment, Empiricism — Fall 2013

2012-13
The Latino Midwest
Co-directors: Claire Fox, Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

Obermann Special Topics Seminar: The Latino Midwest: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives — Fall 2012

2011
Comics, Creativity, & Culture
Co-directors: Corey Creekmur, Ana Merino, Rachel Williams

Obermann Special Topics Seminar: Comics, Creativity, and Culture: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives — Fall 2011

2010-11
Causes & Consequences: Global Perspectives on Gender & the History of Slavery
Co-directors: Catherine Komisaruk, Leslie Schwalm, Elke Elisabeth Stockreiter 

2009-10
Private Scholars & Public Scholarship
Director: Teresa Mangum

2007-08
From Bourgeoisie to Boojie: Performances of the Black Middle Class
Co-directors: Vershawn Ashanti Young, Bridget Harris Tsemo

2006-07
Indecency & Obscenity
Director: Loren Glass

2005-06
Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman
Director: Ed Folsom

2004-05
Collage as Cultural Practice
Co-directors: Rudolf Kuenzli, Kembrew McLeod

2003-04
Feminism & Film History
Co-directors: Lauren Rabinovitz, Kathleen Newman

2002-03
The Cultured Body: African Fashion & Body Arts
Co-directors: Victoria L. Rovine, Sarah Adams

2000-01
Fleeting Objects, Enduring Communities: New Work in the Study of Material Culture
Co-directors: Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Mark Peterson

1999-00
Planning as Storytelling: Sustaining America’s Cities
Co-directors: Barbara Eckstein, James Throgmorton

1998-99
Civic Education in Classical Athens & Humanities Education Today: Isocrates Between Sophists & Philosophers

1997-98
The Seashore Symposium: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Musicality

1996-97
Language, Communities, States, & Global Culture: The Discourse of Identity in the Americas

1995-96
Memory in Context: Occupation & Empire in France & the Francophone World

1994-95
Refiguring the Human Sciences: New Practices of Inquiry

1994-95
Futurism & the Avant-garde

1991-92
Genes & Human Self-Knowledge: Historical & Philosophical Reflections in Modern Genetics

1990-91
Islands in Time: Identity & Culture in the Caribbean

1989-90
Meanings in Texts & Actions: The Questions of Paul Ricoeur

1986-87
The Lyrical Arts

1985-86
The Arts & the Event: Aesthetics & Social Transaction

1984-85
Exploring the Concept of the Mind

1983-84
The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences: Languages and Argument in Scholarship and Public Affairs