The Iowa Humanities Festival welcomes Iowans to explore significant themes through the lens of the academic and public humanities. Presenters from Iowa colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and archives as well as the venues highlight the rich tradition of the humanities in Iowa. Join us in exploring this year's theme A World at Home | A Home in the World through the lens of the arts, cinema, history, languages, linguistics, literature, performance, philosophy, comparative religion‹perspectives that offer insight into the local and far flung cultures that shape the lives of Iowans.
The Festival will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9 am-6 pm. The day begins at Salisbury House in Des Moines (4025 Tonawanda Drive), a 42-room manor that houses book and art collections from around the world. The opening panel, a preview of the theme, will be followed by presentations and library tours. Throughout the day, guests can choose among topics and speakers and join tours of the Salisbury House Library. Special guests will headline the box lunch. For the final event, the Festival will move a few blocks away to the Des Moines Art Center where panelists will discuss the flow of art between Iowa and the world. The Art Center is also generously hosting a closing reception. A $10 registration charge covers lunch, the reception, and all events.
Planning Committee: Barbara Ching (Iowa State University), Jeff Fleming (Des Moines Art Center), Shuchi Kapila (Grinnell College), Teresa Mangum (University of Iowa), Craig Owens (Drake University), J. Eric Smith (Salisbury House). This event is a collaboration of Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Des Moines Art Museum, Salisbury House.