Op Ed Project workshop
How can your artistic work, scholarship, or research make you an expert on issues in the news right now? A roomful of University of Iowa faculty members will soon have answers. The Op Ed Project was formed by a group of journalists who were concerned that few women, people of color, and members of other underrepresented groups were being heard in the press. Together, they designed “Write to Change the World” workshops. Faculty members are among the many individuals and groups that have participated in the last decade, including some of our own faculty.
On November 6-7 (Friday and Saturday), the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Office of Strategic Communication, the Office of Diversity, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development are hosting a two-day workshop led by the Op Ed Project. Congratulations to this impressive group of University of Iowa faculty participants!
Co-Sponsors and Planning Committee Members
Associate Vice President, Georgina Dodge and the Chief Diversity Office
Senior Director Jeneane Beck, Lois Gray, and the Office of Strategic Communications
Assistant Vice President Ann Ricketts and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Associate Dean Joe Kearney, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director Teresa Mangum, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Soon after our workshop at the University of Iowa, participants began publishing their work in major venues. Here are a few examples, with warm congratulations to the authors and thanks to the Op Ed Project.
Keisha N. Blain, Department of History, CLAS, published "Black Women's Votes Matter" in Huffington Post.
Elizabeth (Lisa) Heineman, Department of History, CLAS, published "Syrian Refugees and the Holocaust: a discussion to enliven your Thanksgiving celebration" in Tikkun
Sherry K. Watt, Education Policy and Leadership Studies, College of Education, "Treating Racism Like We Treat Cancer" in On Being and "Brave Spaces: A Necessary Feature" in the Iowa City Press Citizen.
Jessica Welburn, Sociology, CLAS published an editorial with Louise Seamster, "How a Racist System Has Poisoned the Water in Flint, MI" in The Root.
Wenfang Tang, Department of Political Science, CLAS, published "How brash Chinese air passengers are taking the power struggle with America to new heights" in the South China Morning Post International Edition.
Op Ed Workshop Leaders
MARY C. CURTIS is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Charlotte, N.C., who has co-led the Public Voices Fellowship at Yale and Ford Foundation. Her work centers on politics, culture and race. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheRoot.com, NPR, Women's Media Center, and she is a political commentator for WCCB Charlotte. Curtis has worked at The New York Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Baltimore Sun, Associated Press and as national correspondent for AOL's PoliticsDaily.com. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Kiplinger Fellow, in social media, at Ohio State. Her honors include Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications, three first-place awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Thomas Wolfe Award for an examination of Confederate heritage groups.
LAUREN SANDLER has written on issues of gender, culture, religion, and equality for many publications including The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, The Nation, BusinessWeek, and Time, where she has published two cover stories to date. She is the bestselling author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having anOnly Child, and the Joy of Being One, and of Righteous: Dispatchesfrom the Evangelical Youth Movement. Sandler is a former producer at NPR, the former Life Editor of Salon, and has taught courses in writing social commentary at NYU's graduate journalism program. She lives in Brooklyn.