Supporting events that further our mission

The Obermann Center welcomes the opportunity to support events that further our mission—promoting research and creative work, facilitating publicly engaged art and scholarship, and building intellectual community. University of Iowa faculty members may request small, discretionary grants (up to $300) to fund opportunities such as visiting speakers and conferences. See application link at the bottom left of this page. While applications are accepted throughout the year, we strongly encourage you to apply for these funds before December 15.

Please note:

  1. The requesting party is expected to administer the funding and the event. The Obermann Center cannot assume organizational responsibilities in connection with co-sponsored events.
  2. The Obermann Center will not release funding for approved co-sponsorships until the activity/event is posted on the UI Events Calendar, with the Obermann Center tagged as a unit. (The event will then appear on the Obermann Center's website.)

View past co-sponsored activities and events on our website archive

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We're delighted that you're interested in partnering with us. Please submit our co-sponsorship webform, and we'll get back to you shortly. Note that 1) co-sponsorship requests should be submitted at least one month in advance of the activity/event, and 2) we will not release funding for approved co-sponsorships until the activity/event is posted on the UI Events Calendar, with the Obermann Center tagged as a unit. 


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An Evening with Joe Sacco

Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:30pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Join us in conversation with journalist, comics artist, and Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Joe Sacco, (Safe Area Gorazde, Paying the Land) interviewed by Rachel Williams for a talk about race, war, identity but also about his personal creative process and the art of comics.  This is part of a three-day event devoted to "Drawing Panels and Crossing Borders: Negotiating Self and Other in Comics" with MariNaomi, Candida Rifkind, Jorge Santos, and Jose Alaniz. Organized by the...
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February 9-11: Racial Reckoning through Comics

Thursday, February 9 6:30pm to Saturday, February 11, 2023 6:00pm
Iowa City Public Library/UI Obermann Center
For the next "Racial Reckoning Through Comics" event, we will engage in conversation with artists MariNaomi and Joe Sacco as well as scholars Candida Rifkind, Jorge Santos, and José Alaniz to discuss how colonial dynamics are involved in racialization processes. From the global to the local, from international conflicts to the everyday life in times of peace, our artists’ stories and our scholars’ analyses will explore how the grammar of comics can imagine, write, and draw anti-racist and anti...

*My Electric Genealogy*

Monday, February 13, 2023 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Art Building West
Part storytelling, part lecture, and part live documentary film, Sarah Kanouse’s solo performance “My Electric Genealogy” explores the shifting cultures and politics of energy in Los Angeles and the American West through the lens of her own family. 
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