Humanities Symposium

Opportunity to Explore an Important Topic in the Humanities

The purpose of the Obermann Humanities Symposium is to explore an important humanities topic that highlights UI scholars and scholarship. The proposed symposium may be interdisciplinary or involve the efforts of scholars from a single department, involve few or many participants, and use any format that produces a lively exchange of ideas. The symposium should include both UI and visiting participants. Some sessions must be open to all UI faculty members, staff, and students.

Recent symposia have explored the role of the humanities in understanding and communicating the new age known as the Anthropocene, celebrating and forming a cohesive vision for the study of Latinos in the Midwest, and an examination of Don Quixote as one of literature's most famous exemplars of parody and plagiarism. 



Applications are due the second Tuesday in October each year. Applications for the 2021–22 Humanities Symposium Directorship are due October 8, 2019. 

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Applications are welcome from any faculty member whose appointment requires significant research, including scholarship and work in the arts. Directors must also have a record of scholarship in the proposed area of the humanities. Faculty who have received this award in the last 4 years are ineligible. 

Required Items

  • Send a letter of introduction regarding your symposium topic: including its relevance to a particular field or fields; potential for sustained impact through publication or other means of sharing knowledge beyond the immediate event; and ideas for engaging with the community.
  • Include a CV: for each applying director. We encourage but do not require that one director is a senior faculty member.