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November 30, 2022
Iowa Archaeologist Searching for Answers | Chat From the Old Cap
3:00 pm (CST)

Dr. Robert Cargill is one of the world´s leading experts in biblical archaeology. He´s been interviewed more than three dozen times on channels like National Geographic and The History Channel, and tutored Nicole Kidman on the history of religion in the Middle East.

Cargill´s celebrity extends beyond television to the classroom as well, where his courses at Iowa are often wait-listed. 

You won´t want to miss this next Chat from the Old Cap, when Cargill will discuss his work as an archaeologist and share his zeal for learning and bringing the past to life.

Register here:

Contact: Tony Hakes 319-467-3391

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 6, 2022 - December 1, 2022
Stanley Reads
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

This fall, Stanley Reads book group brings together two of the university's most celebrated arts organizations: The Iowa Writers Workshop and the Stanley Museum of Art. The club will meet three times over the fall semester to discuss The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang, director of the UI Iowa Writers Workshop, and discuss how objects in the Homecoming exhibition connect to the themes presented in the book.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. - led by Amanda Lensing

Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. - led by Kimberly Datchuck

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. - led by Derek Nnuro. Author Samantha Chang will join.

If you are not able to join our December 1 program in person, please join via Zoom webcast:

During each Stanley Reads meeting, Stanley staff will draw connections from themes in The Family Chao to works in the inaugural exhibition, Homecoming.

Participants are encouraged to have completed the novel before the first meeting.

The Family Chao is a highly entertaining literary mystery that portrays a Chinese American family dealing with the death of their patriarch and the ensuing trial in the families small Wisconsin town. The Family Chao is available at Prairie Lights.

cover of a red book with the title "The Family Chao by Samantha Chang." There are green dollar bills and a white dog against the red background.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-355-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Iowa Writers' Workshop, International Writing Program, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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, International Writing Program

December 4, 2022
Hawkapellas Holiday Concert
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CST)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

Start the holiday season with song!

Iowa Hawkapellas, an all-female identifying acappella group, will give their holiday concert in the museum lobby on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Intersection, Iowa's all-male, tenor/bass acapella group, will open for them.

The concert will have one intermission.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Division of Student Life, Pentacrest Museums, School of Music, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

December 8, 2022
Spray-Paint Chicago Social and Workshop
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (CST)
Where: 800 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL US 60651

Connect with other Hawkeyes and the Chicago Iowa Club at this exclusive event. Enjoy complimentary pizza and nonalcoholic beverages (or bring your own beverages). After the social, unleash your inner street artist to create an original piece you can take home. Admission is $15 per person.

RSVP here:

Contact: Annabelle Vinson 319-467-3895

Departments: Center for Advancement

December 9, 2022
Hawkeye Social and Waterloo Black Hawks Game
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm (CST)
Where: 325 Commercial St., Waterloo, IA US 50701

Join your fellow Hawkeyes and the Waterloo Iowa Club for an evening of socializing and hockey! Wear your black and gold and connect with Hawkeyes at SingleSpeed´s Waterloo taproom, situated in the historically renovated Wonder Bread Factory. Complimentary appetizers and Iowa swag items will be provided. Afterward, enjoy a U.S. Hockey League showdown between Iowa rivals.

Register here:

Hawkeye Social
Friday, Dec. 9, 2022
4:30-6:30 p.m.

SingleSpeed Brewing Company
325 Commercial St.
Waterloo, Iowa

Waterloo Black Hawks vs. Des Moines Buccaneers
Friday, Dec. 9, 2022
7:05 p.m. puck drop, gates open at 6:05 p.m.

Young Arena
125 Commercial St.
Waterloo, Iowa

Contact: Tony Hakes 319-467-3391

Departments: Center for Advancement

December 14, 2022
Discussion with Emmy Award Winner Rick Cleveland | Chat From the Old Cap
3:00 pm (CST)

With Emmys under his belt, Rick Cleveland (95BA) will join Hawkeyes for a virtual conversation about his life after Iowa and how he´s made a name for himself in Hollywood.

In the next Chat From the Old Cap, Cleveland will talk about his success as a writer on critically acclaimed shows, like The West Wing, Six Feet Under, and House of Cards.

Register here:

Contact: Tony Hakes 319-467-3391

Departments: Center for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

February 25, 2023
2023 Black in Business Series Networking Dinner
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (CST)
Where: 825 Stadium Dr, Iowa City, IA US 52240

The Center for Diversity & Enrichment and the Tippie College of Business present our 7th annual signature event -- the Black in Business Series Networking Dinner

Come engage with invited professionals, UI faculty, and students interested in business, entrepreneurship, the arts, education, engineering, and nonprofit work who are looking to connect with leaders in those fields. Open to all majors. The Networking Dinner was created to focus on the cultivation of our next leaders, supporting their growth, igniting their passions, and connecting them to successful professionals. For students, our goal for this event has been:   

  • See representation and meet Black professionals within an array of industries 
  • Access mentorship from business leaders in fields that interest you 
  • Discover unique internship opportunities 

The Black in Business Series is a team of Black business students and staff who are committed to providing a safe and inclusive space within the Tippie College of Business and the University of Iowa for Black students to thrive and grow professionally. In partnership with the Center for Diversity & Enrichment, the Black in Business Series works to provide programming that is specific but not limited to the Black student body. Our goal is to expand the dialogue in the Black community around topics of higher education, professional development, entrepreneurship, and personal growth. 

For more information and to request the RSVP link, please email Tevin Robbins at  

Contact: Tevin Robbins 319-930-6558

Departments: Center for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Division of Student Life, Pomerantz Career Center, School of Social Work, Undergraduate Program

March 29, 2023
Save the date! One Day for Iowa
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Mark Your Calendar for March 29!

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, is One Day for Iowa, the University of Iowa's 24-hour online giving day. Last year, more than 3,000 Hawkeyes gave back in support of the University of Iowa - making an important impact. You can make a difference this year.    

Don´t let the date sneak up on you. Mark your calendar for One Day for Iowa today! 

Contact: Shaina Spencer 319-467-3554

Departments: Center for Advancement

March 30, 2023 - April 1, 2023
Frequências: Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema & the Black Diaspora - 2022-23 Obermann Humanities Symposium
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After a two-year hiatus, the Obermann Humanities Symposium returns next academic year. From March 30 to April 1, "Frequências: Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema & the Black Diaspora" will feature filmmakers, translators, and film scholars from the Afro-Brazilian diaspora. Organized by Christopher Harris (Cinematic Arts) with partnership from Cristiane Lira (University of Georgia) and Brazilian filmmaker Janaína Oliveira, the symposium will feature the emerging wave of young Afro-Brazilian filmmakers, curators, programmers, and scholars whose art and scholarship have already had an impact on the international cinema.

Panel discussions and keynotes will take place at the Stanley Museum of Art, and some screenings will be at Iowa City FilmScene. Harris says the events "are aimed at the generation of new knowledge regarding the central question of how Black identity is figured in the new Afro-Brazilian cinema and how that resonates with Black cinema globally."

Full schedule to be announced later.

Contact: Erin Hackathorn 319-335-4034

Departments: Department of Cinematic Arts, Obermann Center, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, International Studies Program, International Programs, Center for Advancement

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