2019-2020 Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Annual Report

COLLABORATE: One Table, Multiple Perspectives

Obermann Working Groups provide space, structure, and discretionary funding for groups led by faculty that may include advanced graduate students, staff members, and community members who share an intellectual interest. This year, our sixteen groups workshopped each other’s writing, read across disciplines, hosted visiting speakers and performers, and prepared grant proposals. Although Working Groups doContinue reading “COLLABORATE: One Table, Multiple Perspectives”

COMMUNITY: Accessible & Shared

Community is central to the Obermann Center’s core values. We are invested in sharing the work of University of Iowa researchers and artists by making their work accessible to larger audiences, and also by providing scholars with opportunities to work directly with community partners. Our Obermann Conversation series, co-hosted by the Iowa City Public Library,Continue reading “COMMUNITY: Accessible & Shared”

LEADERSHIP: Advocating for the Role of an Emerging University

The Obermann Center represents the University of Iowa in multiple conversations around the country regarding the work of the humanities, the future of the modern university, the evolution of graduate education, and how higher education and local communities work together. With membership in national organizations, including the National Humanities Alliance, the Consortium of Humanities CentersContinue reading “LEADERSHIP: Advocating for the Role of an Emerging University”


The aim of Humanities for the Public Good, the three-year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is to reimagine the future of the humanities PhD as a community-facing, interdisciplinary opportunity. In concert with our campus partners, the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we had a full year dedicatedContinue reading “REIMAGINE: A New PhD”

ACTUATE: Pragmatic & Hands-On Opportunities

The Book Ends: Obermann Center and Office for the Vice President for Research’s Book Completion Workshop program provides funding and administrative support for faculty who have a mature manuscript that would benefit from collegial review. In recent years, the Obermann Center worked with Jenna Supp-Montgomerie (Communication Studies and Religious Studies, CLAS) and Jessica Welburn PaigeContinue reading “ACTUATE: Pragmatic & Hands-On Opportunities”