Audience at Obermann Conversation at ICPL

UI scholars & artists in conversation with community experts

Obermann Conversations is an informal speaker series held at the Iowa City Public Library and occasional other locations. Once per month during fall and spring semesters, we feature work of faculty, staff, and students in conversation with thought leaders from our community. Learning from each other and delighting in the combined knowledge of academics and practitioners are the goals of this program.

Little Village and the Iowa City Public Library co-sponsor this series.

Upcoming Conversations

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Revising Injustice: Emphatically Anti-racist Comics

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 7:00pm to 8:00pm
In the past decades, comics have proliferated, moving well beyond generic superhero tropes. In the form of serial installments, comic books, graphic memoirs and more, comics are being produced by a vast array of makers who are using them to delve into hard issues of race and ethnicity in specific times and places. They have become vehicles for social justice inquiry. Featuring Arturo Camacho, comics author, poet, and writer; and co-directors of the Racial Reckoning through Comics Mellon Sawyer...

Recent Partners

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Recent Partners

  • 4Cs of Johnson County
  • Agudas Achim Synagogue
  • Center for Worker Justice
  • Combined Efforts
  • CommUnity
  • Coralville VA Outpatient Clinic
  • FilmScene
  • GROW Johnson County
  • Eastern Iowa Bond Project
  • Eastern Iowa Swim Federation
  • Hancher Auditorium
  • Historic Johnson County Poor Farm
  • Iowa C.O.R.E. Inc.
  • Iowa City Climate Advocates
  • Iowa City Community School District
  • Iowa City Compassion Legal Clinic
  • Iowa City Hospice
  • Iowa City West High School
  • Iowa Food Bank Association
  • Iowa Youth Writing Project
  • Iowans for Gun Safety
  • Johnson County Children's Coalition
  • Johnson County Historical Society
  • League of United Latin American Citizens Council #308
  • Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative
  • Midwest Telegraph
  • Multicultural Development Center of Iowa
  • NESTS (Nurture Every Student Together Safely)
  • North Central Junior High School
  • Oakdale Community Choir
  • RDG Planning & Design
  • Riverside Theatre
  • Sanctuary Community Church
  • Taproot Nature Experience
  • TRAIL of Johnson County
  • UIHC's LGBTQ Clinic
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Past Conversations

A list of Obermann Conversations since 2015.

Videos of Recent Conversations

To view additional videos, please visit our YouTube channel.

Invisible Neighbors: Latinx Immigrants in Iowa City
Igniting Change One Wall at a Time
Ukraine & Russia: Deciphering the Current Situation
Reproductive Justice