The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies is a unique place where artists, scholars, and researchers from across the University try out risky ideas; share the latest developments in the arts, humanities, and sciences; and form innovative, inspiring networks. The Center is also a crossroads where business and community leaders and faculty members with a passion for lifelong learning get to know one another.

Esco Obermann
Named for Esco (left) and Avalon Obermann, the Center has a long history of attracting friends who appreciate interdisicplinary scholarly research and the arts, as well as appreciating the ways in which the University and the community can collaborate.

Like Esco and Avalon, OberFriends are a special group of supporters of the Center. The Friends welcome the opportunities to gain behind the scenes knowledge of the exciting work the Center supports—from artists developing new forms to address tough social problems to historians and literary scholars unearthing the cultural roots of racial conflict in the United States to musicians designing therapy for pain management to computer scientists developing apps that map cities, focus hyperactive children, and engage adults with dementia—just to suggest a few of the projects we have recently funded.

Benefits of becoming an OberFriend include unique opportunities—

  • To meet with experts
  • To attend informal Obermann Conversations presentations
  • To join faculty members for lunch and conversation
  • To attend cultural events created especially for our Friends

We ask for a $200 gift to the Obermann Center in order to join OberFriends. You can make your gift through the University of Iowa Foundation here. All OberFriends receive invitations to Obermann's regular public events, as well as special invitations to OberFriends' social events and behind-the-scenes lectures and activities. 



To learn more about OberFriends, contact Erin Hackathorn at 335.4034 or erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu.