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February 2, 2023
Naples Presidential Reception and Educational Series
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (CST)
Where: 1600 Solana Road, Naples, FL US 34105

University of Iowa Presidential Reception and Educational Series

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023
5-7 p.m. | Program at 6 p.m.

Royal Poinciana Golf Club
1600 Solana Road
Naples

Connect with fellow Hawkeyes and learn about the latest university happenings at this special event. You will hear from UI President Barbara Wilson and Lynette Marshall, president and CEO of the UI Center for Advancement, as well as from faculty leaders who are blazing new trails in education and public health. 

We will provide appetizers and a hosted bar.

Educational Series
3:30-5 p.m.

Go back to class for engaging sessions with top Iowa faculty:

Daniel L. Clay
Dean
The UI College of Education

Allison L. Bruhn
Executive Director, Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Professor of Special Education
The UI College of Education

Learn how UI leaders are working to ensure that Iowa educators and students have the mental well-being and support necessary to fulfill their potential.

Jeffrey D. Dawson
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Biostatistics
The UI College of Public Health

Discover how public health initiatives help prevent disease, decrease mortality, and improve quality of life.

University of Iowa Community Service Day
Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

Details to come

Make a difference in the Fort Myers community by volunteering with fellow Hawkeyes to help a local charitable organization. More information is to come. If you´re interested in participating, please register to receive additional details once they are confirmed.

Register here: https://foriowa.info/3VTMjCJ

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

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

February 8, 2023
DK Nnuro book reading: "What Napoleon Could Not Do"
7:00 pm (CST)
Where: 15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA US 52240

Derek (DK) Nnuro will read from his debut novel, What Napoleon Could Not Do, followed by a conversation with esteemed poet and educator Tameka Cage Conley about the book and its themes.

What Napoleon Could Not Do is a gripping novel in which America is seen through the eyes and ambitions of three characters with ties to Africa

Derek (DK) Nnuro is a Ghanaian-born writer and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught novel writing at the University of Iowa and is currently curator of special projects at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

Book cover with illustration of black man in bright blue suit and title "What Napoleon Could Not Do."

What Napoleon Could Not Do will be available at Prairie Lights on Feb. 7, 2023.

 

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Department of English, Pentacrest Museums, International Writing Program, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost

February 11, 2023
Stanley Creates: Portraits in Green Inspired by Lee Krasner
2:00 pm (CST)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

Did you know that the average human eye can detect more shades of green than of any other color? Green also has many meanings and interpretations, such as wealth, peace, springtime, and envy. Join us for Stanley Creates as we examine and learn about the abstract painting Portrait in Green (1969) by Lee Krasner. Then we´ll create our own abstract artwork using just one color-green. Let's create together!

Megan Dehner, master's candidate in art education, will lead this workshop.

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. Reserve your spot at https://uiowa.doubleknot.com/event/stanley-creates-portrait-in-green/2952696

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, College of Education, Pentacrest Museums, Division of Student Life, Office of the Provost

February 15, 2023
Phoenix Presidential Reception and Educational Series
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (CST)
Where: 18701 N. Silverleaf Drive, Scottsdale, AZ US 85255

University of Iowa Presidential Reception and Educational Series

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023
5-7 p.m. | Remarks at 6 p.m.

Silverleaf Club
18701 N. Silverleaf Drive
Scottsdale

Connect with fellow Hawkeyes and learn about the latest university happenings at this special event. You will hear from UI President Barbara Wilson and Lynette Marshall, president and CEO of the UI Center for Advancement, as well as from faculty leaders who are blazing new trails in the fields of public health and brain sciences.

We will provide appetizers and a hosted bar.

Educational Series
3:30-5 p.m.

Go back to class for engaging sessions with top Iowa faculty:

Jeffrey D. Dawson
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Biostatistics
The University of Iowa College of Public Health

Hear about public health initiatives that help prevent disease, decrease mortality, and improve people´s quality of life.

Michelle W. Voss
Associate Professor
Psychological and Brain Sciences
The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Learn why physical exercise has the potential to counteract brain aging and memory decline.

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.

Register here: https://foriowa.info/3k14ole

Contact: Laurel Hall 319-467-3518

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 17, 2023
2023 Johnson County I-Club Wrestling Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm (CST)
Where: 1 Elliott Drive, Iowa City, IA US 52242

Join fellow Hawkeye fans for a lunch dedicated to all things Iowa wrestling head coach Tom Brands and other Iowa wrestling staff members! The lunch will include an update on the season, remarks from Coach Brands, and more.  

Register here: https://foriowa.info/3Q1iAXb

Contact: Iowa Athletics Development 319-467-3410

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 18, 2023
Grant Wood Fellow Talk with Michael Dixon
2:00 pm (CST)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

"Unpacking the Demons: Within, Between, and Beyond Race" with 2022-23 Grant Wood Fellow for Painting and Drawing Michael Dixon

This chronological overview of Michael Dixon´s art career, research, and personal narrative will include past projects leading up to his most current work, influences, relevant research topics, and a discussion of Dixon´s biracial identity formation. The content will be delivered through a series of stories.  

Michael Dixon is an oil painter who was born in San Diego to a Black father and a white mother. He received his MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BFA from Arizona State University. Dixon is currently a full professor of art at Albion College. He has been the recipient of various awards and residencies including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation emergency grant, Puffin Foundation grant, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Yaddo, and the Joan Mitchell Center. His works can be found in the personal collections of artists Nick Cave and Beverly McIver, the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art, and The Horseman Foundation. Dixon´s work is represented by the David Richard Gallery in New York City.

If you are not able to attend in person, join us on the event live stream: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/94514495681 

drawing of an infant in the jaws of an alligator
   Benign Racism, 2020, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Grant Wood Art Colony, Pentacrest Museums, Center for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost

February 19, 2023 - May 21, 2023
Drawing Salon, with Robert Caputo
2:00 pm (CST)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

In this class, participants will draw artworks in the museum's collection. Each session will focus on a different piece. The sessions will begin with an introduction to and discussion of the selected work. Participants will be encouraged to pursue their own visions and to take inspiration from the piece. Classes will be held Feb. 19, April 16, and May 21.

Pencils and sketchbooks/paper are the only art-making materials allowed in the galleries. The museum has golf pencils with erasers and clipboards for participants to use. Stools and benches are available in the galleries.

Robert Caputo, an Iowa City-based painter and sculptor, will lead the Drawing Salons.

The drawing salon is limited to 15 participants. Please reserve your spot at:

Feb. 19  https://uiowa.doubleknot.com/event/drawing-salon/2955186

April 16  https://uiowa.doubleknot.com/event/drawing-salon/2955190

May 21  https://uiowa.doubleknot.com/event/drawing-salon/2955191

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Division of Student Life, Office of the Provost

February 22, 2023
2023 Women in Athletics Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm (CST)
Where: 520 Market St., Des Moines, IA US 50309

Join several of our Hawkeye head coaches at our Women in Athletics luncheon to discuss empowering women through sport and celebrate 50 years of women´s athletics at Iowa. 

Head coaches in attendance will be Jim Barnes - Volleyball, Lisa Cellucci - Field Hockey, Clarissa Chun - Women's Wrestling, Dave DiIanni - Soccer, Jeff Garbutt - Rowing, Megan Menzel - Women's Golf, Nathan Mundt - Women's Swimming & Diving and Sasha Schmid - Women's Tennis.

Cost for the luncheon is $30 per person or $225 for a reserved table of 8. 

Register here: https://foriowa.info/3kxw15k

Contact: Iowa Athletics Development 319-467-3410

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 24, 2023 - February 25, 2023
The University of Iowa Computing Conference (UICC) 2023 - Save the Date
3:30 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)

"The UICC is hosted by the students and for the students to promote computing as a science and a profession."

Date: Feb 25-26

You can learn about this year's speakers and schedule below!

Check out past conferences! [ 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 20202021, 2022]

 UICC 2023 Schedule

Friday, Feb. 24, 2023

5:30 p.m.   Talk 1 (Keynote): Shambaugh, Main Library
7:15 p.m. Activity + Food: (Adler Journalism Building Rotunda + AJB E120 + AJB E126)

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023

11a.m.  Talk 2: (AJB E105)
Noon Lunch and Job Fair: (AJB Rotunda)
2:45 p.m. Talk 3: (AJB E105)
4:00 p.m. Talk 4: (ABJ E105)
5:15 p.m. Closing Announcements: (ABJ E105)
5:30 p.m. Activities + Food: (AJB E120 + AJB E126 + Rotunda)

Contact: Mitchell Hermon 515-822-5084

Departments: Department of Computer Science, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Advancement, Pomerantz Career Center, Iowa Informatics Initiative, Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences, Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, Graduate College, Division of Student Life

February 25, 2023 - April 29, 2023
Stanley Reads Spring 2023
2:00 pm (CST)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

This spring, the Stanley Reads book group features What Napoleon Could Not Do, the debut novel of Derek (DK) Nnuro, the museum´s curator of special projects. The club will meet three times over the spring semester to discuss the novel and discover how objects in the Homecoming exhibition connect with themes in the book. Nnuro will also be on hand to answer questions about the novel and engage participants in craft discussions. We encourage budding writers-especially writers of fiction-to join us. 

What Napoleon Could Not is a gripping novel in which America is seen through the eyes and ambitions of three characters with ties to Africa. 

Stanley Reads Book Club is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights, where What Napoleon Could Not Do will be available beginning on Feb. 7, 2023.

Image of two books seen from above such that their covers create an "S"

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

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

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 tevin-robbins@uiowa.edu.  

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

January 22, 2023 - May 28, 2023
Write at the Stanley
3:00 pm (CST)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome.

Write at the Stanley meets every fourth Sunday of the month.

Jan. 22: David Duer

Born in Akron, Ohio, David Duer recently retired from teaching English language arts at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. He's now a volunteer art docent at both the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. His work has been published in Ascent, English Journal, Exquisite Corpse, Little Village, Poetry, and elsewhere. A chapbook of his poetry, To Bread, was published by Coffee House Press.

Feb. 26: DK Nnuro  

DK Nnuro is a Ghanaian-born writer and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught novel writing at the University of Iowa and is currently curator of special projects at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa. His debut novel, What Napoleon Could Not Dowill be published on Feb. 7, 2023, by Riverhead Books. 

March 26: Jennifer Colville

Jennifer Colville is the director of PorchLight Literary Arts Center, a community literary salon in Iowa City, and is the founding editor of Prompt Press, a project connecting visual artists, book artists, and writers. She leads creative writing workshops on "The Inventive Female Voice" and the intersection of writing and visual art. Elegies for Uncanny Girls, a collection of her short stories, was published in 2017 by Indiana University Press. She is a 2022-2023 Iowa Artist Fellow. 

April 23: Lenore Maybaum

Lenore Maybaum earned her PhD in language, literacy, and culture at the University of Iowa with a focus on language acquisition, critical theory, and cultural studies. Her interests include French New Wave, film studies, the American novel, writing center theory and pedagogy, and Greek tragedy. She directs the Iowa City campus Writing Center and teaches Elements of Writing and Forms of Fiction: American Dreams. Her most recent publication-an essay exploring creative and maternal caregiving practices-can be found in "New Maternalisms": Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable).

May 28: Lisa Roberts

Lisa Roberts has taught literature and writing at universities in Hong Kong, Virginia, Las Vegas, and Nebraska. After moving to Iowa, she worked as assistant director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project. Today she is the director of Iowa City Poetry, a community arts organization that shares literary resources with writers of all ages, incomes, and identities. Her poems have appeared in Plainsongs, The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets, and Little Village. She has performed spoken-word poems at a variety of shows, including Was the Word, Voicebox, The Hook, and Poetry in Motion.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Pentacrest Museums, Department of English, Iowa Youth Writing Project, Magid Center for Writing, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics

March 29, 2023
One Day for Iowa - University of Iowa´s 24-hour Online Giving Day
All Day ()

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, Department of Computer Science, School of Music, Department of Dance, Department of Theatre Arts, Hancher Auditorium, College of Pharmacy

March 30, 2023 - April 1, 2023
Frequências: Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema & the Black Diaspora - 2022-23 Obermann Humanities Symposium
All Day ()

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, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art

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