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June 8, 2023
Chicago Hawkeye Social
5:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 9 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL US 60654

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Iowa is partnering with the Chicago Iowa Club to connect local Hawkeyes and celebrate all that the area has to offer. Join your Hawkeye community for fun conversation, food, drink, trivia, and giveaways!


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Annabelle Vinson at or 319-467-3895.

Contact: Annabelle Vinson 319-467-3895

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 10, 2023
Stanley Creates: Art Dog & Mural Masterpiece
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

Art Dog, by Thacher Hurd, is an action-packed story about Arthur Dog, a mild-mannered museum guard by day and his alter ego, the mysterious, masked superhero that fights crimes in the streets of Dogopolis with his magical paint brush powers.

After the story listening to the story, kids will work together to create a colorful mural masterpiece.

Workshop led by Debra Marqusee.

Stanley Creates is planned with families in mind; UI students are also welcome to attend.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited. Please reserve your spot here. 

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Provost, Pentacrest Museums

June 12, 2023
Johnson County I-Club Golf Outing
11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 4646 180th St NE, Solon, IA US 52333

Join the Johnson County I-Club for their annual golf outing!

Entry fee-which includes greens fees, cart, range balls, and a boxed lunch-is $500 for a four-person team. Team prizes and flag events will be awarded, and hole sponsorships are available for $100. Event will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Space is limited and early sign-up is encouraged. Registration deadline is May 26.

For more information on this event, contact Steve Droll with the Johnson County I-Club at or 319-331-0014.

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Contact: Iowa Athletics Development 319-467-3410

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 19, 2023
Polk County I-Club Celebrity Golf Outing
12:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 3915 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA US 50321

You´re invited to join us for a great day on the links at the Polk County I-Club Celebrity Golf Outing!

  • Entry fees-which are $500 per player and $2,000 for a team-include green fees, cart, and dinner. A silent auction and guest speakers will immediately follow golf.
  • Hole sponsorships are $250 and include a tee sign on a hole and a complimentary dinner ticket ($60 value).
  • Space is limited, and early sign-up is encouraged.

For more information or to sign up for the event, contact Jim Carney at 515-282-6803 or

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Contact: Jim Carney 515-282-6803

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 21, 2023
Virtual Drag Bingo
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (CDT)

Join our host, the fabulous Hazel Sanchez-Belle, and play a few rounds of bingo and win some Hawkeye swag! 

Contact: Rhonda Roskos 319-467-3357

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 28, 2023
Chicago Presidential Reception
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL US 60614

The University of Iowa is heading to Chicago to gather with alumni and friends, and we hope to see you there!

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Connect with fellow Hawkeyes and learn about the latest university happenings at this special event, where you´ll have the chance to meet UI President Barbara Wilson. You also will hear from Lynette Marshall, president and CEO of the UI Center for Advancement and recent graduate Kate McKenzie (15BA, 21MBA), who has experience in tech, startups, and higher education.

We will provide appetizers and a hosted bar, along with valet parking for our guests. The Chicago Cubs play a home game at 7:05 p.m. that evening, so please plan your travel time accordingly.

A $10 per person admission will support the Forevermore Scholarship, a need-based scholarship fund that helps give deserving high school students access to the University of Iowa.

Contact: Laurel Hall 319-467-3518

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 28, 2023
Trivia Night
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

We'll be answering Hawkeye and Pride-themed questions - bring your friends or join a team on the spot, it should be a fun evening!

Contact: Rhonda Roskos 319-467-3357

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 4, 2022 - December 1, 2023
Art & Write Night
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)
Where: 39-53 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA US 52240

Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces.

Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists.

Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session and will sometimes move about the Museum but we'll always start in the Hageboeck Hall of Birds (Bird Hall) on the third Floor of Macbride Hall. Join anytime between 6-8 p.m. and feel free to participate in a themed creation challenge or work on your own project with our exhibits as inspiration. We'll save the last 15-30 minutes of each session to share what we've been working on, connecting with others (optional, of course!).

Please note, the Museum is typically closed during this time, meaning the main entrance to Iowa Hall (atop the large staircase outside on the east side of Macbride Hall) will be closed and locked. All other building doors will be open, offering access to the Ground Floor of Macbride Hall. Bird Hall is located on the third floor of Macbride Hall and can be reached by stairs or by taking the elevator to the third floor and crossing the auditorium to the north side of the building. 

Contact: Carolina Kaufman 319-467-3130

Departments: Pentacrest Museums, Museum of Natural History, Division of Student Life, Student Engagement and Campus Programs, Department of Biology, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, University Libraries, Department of English, Iowa Youth Writing Project

July 8, 2023
Stanley Creates: Big Dog...Little Dog & Size, Color, and Opposites
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

Big Dog...Little Dog, by P. D. Eastman, is a classic canine story starring Fred and Ted Mutts, who are opposites in every way and still best friends.

Following the story, kids will make an art project related to the concepts of size, color, and opposites.

Workshop led by Debra Marqusee.

Stanley Creates is planned with families in mind; UI students are also welcome to attend.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited. Please reserve your spot at

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pentacrest Museums, Office of the Provost

July 10, 2023 - July 21, 2023
Coming Soon: 100-Word Microstory Contest
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Mark your calendars to take part in our 100-Word Microstory Contest-a free online writing competition for a variety of age groups. You don't have to be an Iowa Writers' Workshop grad-or even have participated in a flash writing contest before-to join in the fun. Just create a story in 100 words or less that uses one of two specific writing prompts.

We will announce the writing prompts on our website on Monday, July 10, 2023, at 9 a.m. CDT.

Learn more:

Contact: Kate Sojka 319-467-3884

Departments: Center for Advancement, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Iowa Young Writers' Studio, Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Iowa Youth Writing Project, Nonfiction Writing Program, International Writing Program, The Writing University, Department of English

July 13, 2023
University of Iowa Grandparents University®
8:00 am - 4:30 pm (CDT)

The University of Iowa is hosting its first-ever Grandparents University®. Hawkeye grandparents and grandchildren, ages 8-14 years old, can experience student life together while taking part in educational, fun, and unique activities.

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This one-day event-Thursday, July 13-will provide exclusive experiences in arts and humanities, health and wellness, and science that are meaningful to both the young and young at heart. Create lasting memories and learn from leading experts-all the while spending the day with your grandchild. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities as you learn more about:

  • Architecture
  • Bird banding
  • Earthquakes
  • Falconry
  • Fly fishing
  • And more!

For more information, please contact Erin Brokel at or 319-467-3668.

Contact: Erin Brokel 319-467-3668

Departments: Center for Advancement, UI Retirees Association, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, University Libraries, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Iowa Raptor Project, Division of Student Life

July 22, 2023
122nd Annual Iowa By The Sea Picnic
10:00 am - 3:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 250 S. Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA US 90731

The Iowa By The Sea Picnic is a family event, with lots of activities, games, and fun for everyone! Iowans and individuals who have a connection with the State of Iowa will want to attend the 122nd Iowa By The Sea Picnic! This year, the picnic will be held at Pier 87 on the stern of the Battleship Iowa. The ship is a historic museum located at the Los Angeles harbor in San Pedro, California. Our picnic focuses on the fun and safety of all attendees.

Register here:

Contact: Molly Torchia 319-467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

September 21, 2023 - September 23, 2023
Sports, Power, and Resistance: Legacies and Futures - Obermann Arts & Humanities Symposium
All Day ()

How can the history of activism in sports help us understand the dynamics shaping conflicts today? How might labor relations in sport be imagined differently? How does the structure of sporting entertainment provide opportunities and obstacles to activism, and how can activists navigate these challenges?

As fans flock to sports arenas to cheer for their favorite teams, these spaces are simultaneously important societal battlegrounds. From acts of political protest by players to legislative debates about who can compete on school teams, athletics are at the center of today´s culture wars. Join us for the Obermann Arts and Humanities Symposium "Sports, Power, and Resistance: Legacies and Futures" as leading scholars of history, sociology, cinema and media studies, rhetoric, and cultural studies map the past, explore the present, and chart future paths in the contested terrain of sports as a political force. 

Organized by well-known scholars of sport, media and culture, Thomas Oates (American Studies and Journalism & Mass Communication) and Travis Vogan (Journalism & Mass Communication and American Studies), this symposium will contextualize the contemporary politicized sportscape within a long and significant history of political movements through sports. By bringing together research on political activism in sports, we hope to think through the possibilities for a new understanding of social relations through and in sport.

All symposium events-panels, lectures, screenings, and discussions-are free and open to the public.


Contact: Erin Hackathorn 319-335-4034

Departments: Obermann Center, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, University Libraries, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Department of Communication Studies, Department of Cinematic Arts, Center for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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