The Stanley Museum of Art's "Going Home" Conversation Series

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:00am to Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm
MERGE/Iowa City CoLab
136 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52242

This three-part series will examine the past, the present, and the future of dwelling in Iowa. These conversations connect three ongoing public projects.

This three-part series will examine the past, the present, and the future of dwelling in Iowa and is supported by University of Iowa Outreach & Engagement, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and MERGE Iowa City. These conversations connect three ongoing public projects. The first, Going Home, is an exhibition curated by Vero Rose Smith at the UI Stanley Museum of Art and on view at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. The second, American Dreams, is the 2019 Theme Semester topic at the University of Iowa. Lastly, this three-part series will serve as the central set of conversational forums hosted by Daniel Boscaljon of Coffee With Dan. The format of Coffee With Dan consists of short conversations with each panelist which then unfold into a conversation among panelists and the gathered crowd.

Intended for all Iowans interested in housing issues, this series will utilize the collections of the Stanley as a touchstone for productive and inclusive conversation about one of the most pressing issues for our community.

 

PART 1: We Made Ourselves At Home

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 11am - 1pm | MERGE (136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City)

Through this conversation, we will explore the history of individual identity, community cohesion, and geopolitical boundaries in Iowa.

Panelists:

  •         Elizabeth Reetz, Archeologist
  •         Richard Carlson, Architectural Historian
  •         Laura Rigal, American Studies Scholar
  •         Christine Nobiss, Native American Scholar and Activist
  •         Zoe Woodworth, Graphic Designer and Historian of Queer Spaces in Iowa City   

 

PART 2: Home Making Where The Heart Is

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 11am - 1pm | MERGE (136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City)

This panel explores obstacles to feeling at home in contemporary Iowa City. We will investigate how social policies and cultural biases contribute to housing insecurity and the difficulty of making home a place of peace.

Panelists:

  • Alta Medea, DVIP
  • Jim Throgmorton, Mayor and Public Policy Expert
  • Angelica Vannatta, Shelter House
  • Robin Clark Bennett, Scholar and Labor Rights Activist
  • Mazahir Salih, City Council Member and Labor Rights Activist

 

PART 3: When Will We Get Home?

Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 11am - 1pm | MERGE (136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City)

During this forum, we will examine possible futures of home and dwelling in Iowa, and how the ways that we plan for our futures shape our thoughts and dreams about home long before we arrive.

Panelists:

  • Joshua Moe, Architect and Historic Preservationist, River City Housing Collective, Iowa City Co Housing
  • Alea Adigweme, Artist, Author, and Communications Studies Scholar
  • Tim Conroy, Real Estate Agent and Shelter House Board Member

 

Free and open to all.

Hosted by the UI Stanley Museum of Art with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, MERGE/Iowa City CoLab, and the UI Office of Outreach and Engagement.