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January 28, 2024 - May 26, 2024
Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop
2:30 pm - 4:30 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. 

Space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your spot by clicking the dates below:

January 28

February 25

March 24

April 28

May 26

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Department of Classics, Department of English, Iowa Youth Writing Project, Magid Center for Writing, Pentacrest Museums, Office of the Provost, International Writing Program

June 1, 2024
Collectors' Day at the Museum of Natural History
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 39-53 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA US 52240

Collectors from our My Collections exhibition series are back! This family-friendly, fair-style event encourages self-exploration throughout all galleries and celebrates collecting through community, storytelling, and appreciation. Guests get to interact with collectors/collections, participate in special activities, observe special demonstrations, and gather stamps and prizes along the way.

Start in Iowa Hall (where Rusty the Giant Sloth lives...) to locate the Museum Welcome and Wayfinding Table. Staff will fill you in on all you need to know and give you your own guide to find the collector tables scattered throughout the museum. Explore, interact, collect stamps, and return to where you started for a prize!

Full list of participating collectors:

  • Kendall Family PEZ Collection by Bryan and Erin Kendall
  • Adventure Rocks! by Laura, Elliot, and Grant Sievert (don't miss the special geode cracking demonstrations outside at 1 & 2 p.m.!)
  • A Serving of Butter Pats by Elizabeth Riordan
  • A "Clucktion" of Vintage Chickens by Sara Pinkham
  • British Royal Memorabilia: A Focus on the Reign of Queen Elizabeth the II Memorabilia by Kevin Bebout
  • 3-D Toys and Technologies by Cory K. Creekmur
  • If You Build It... by Jesse and Rachel Wallace (Look for the interactive Lego building table!)
  • Salt and Pepper: Looking at Love & Familial History by Kyle Agnew
  • Let It Snow by Emily Martin
  • STAMPS! (but the fun kind) by Micah Casey and Blake Stephenson (done miss the special stamp demonstrations!)
  • Bobblemania: Baseball & Beyond by Don McLeese

Contact: Carolina Kaufman 319-467-3130

Departments: Pentacrest Museums, Museum of Natural History, Center for Advancement, Graduate College, Department of English, Department of Cinematic Arts, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Vice President for Research

June 6, 2024
Together Hawkeyes Tour | Minneapolis
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 40 Power Street, Minneapolis, MN US 55401

Connect with campus leaders and fellow Hawkeyes-and learn about the Together Hawkeyes campaign and other university happenings. Your hosts for the evening will be Barbara Wilson, Iowa´s 22nd president, and Lynette Marshall, UI Center for Advancement president and CEO. 

Register here: https://foriowa.info/3JSAo4r

Hors d´oeuvres and a hosted bar will be provided. 

We hope to see you in Minneapolis! 

Contact: Laurel Hall 319-467-3518

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 3, 2023 - December 5, 2025
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, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of Student Life, Leadership and Engagement, Department of Biology, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, University Libraries, Department of English

June 16, 2024 - June 17, 2024
BMindful Holy Days: Eid al-Adha (Islam)
8:43 pm - 8:43 pm (CDT)
Where: 2750 University Capitol Centre, Suite 3719 Iowa City, Iowa 52242, Iowa City, IA US 52242

BMindful is an initiative that seeks to meet the needs of diverse communities by providing event and conference planners with the dates of holy days of major religious faiths for five years into the future. By providing these dates in advance, BMindful seeks to help planners avoid those dates when scheduling events.

BMindful does not include all religious holy days. It focuses on three major holy days for each faith-days when faith members may choose not to go to work or send their children to school.

Download dates into your Outlook Calendar: https://its.uiowa.edu/support/article/105264

View all Heritage Celebrations at the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion site: https://diversity.uiowa.edu/Celebrations

Contact: Charlie Taylor 319-335-3555

Departments: Police Department, Carver College of Medicine, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, Commencement, Campus Safety, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Division of Student Life

June 17, 2024
Johnson County I-Club Golf Outing
9:00 am (CDT)
Where: 1380 Melrose Av, Iowa City, IA US 52246

You´re invited to the Johnson County I-Club 25th annual golf outing!

Registration and driving range open: 9 a.m. Shotgun start: 11 a.m.

Register Today!

New this year - two team options available:

  • Limited availability - $600 - three-person team plus play with a Hawkeye celebrity assigned by the Johnson County I-Club, in partnership with Iowa Athletics
  • $500 - four-person team 

Entry fee includes greens fees, cart, driving range balls, and a box lunch for each team member. Team prizes and flag events will be awarded, and hole sponsorships are available for $125.

Space is limited and early sign-up is encouraged. The registration deadline is June 7. 

For more information on this event, contact Steve Droll with the Johnson County I-Club at stevedroll1@gmail.com or 319-331-0014. 

For information about other Hawkeye outings, visit jointheiclub.com/events. To learn how you can support Hawkeye student-athletes, visit jointheiclub.com. 

Contact: Steve Droll 319-331-0014

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 17, 2024
Polk County I-Club Celebrity Golf Outing
12:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 915 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA US 50321

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

Entry fees-which are $500 per player and $2,000 per team-include green fees, cart, and dinner. The Hawkeye celebrities will consist of athletics department staff, coaches, and former student-athletes. A silent auction, dinner, and program will immediately follow golf. Hole sponsorships are $250 and include a tee sign on a hole and a complimentary dinner ticket ($75 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 carney@carneyappleby.com.

For information about other Hawkeye outings, visit jointheiclub.com/events. To learn how you can support Hawkeye student-athletes, visit jointheiclub.com.

Contact: Iowa Athletics Development 319-467-3410

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 20, 2024
Together Hawkeyes Tour | Chicago
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 302 North Green Street, Chicago, IL US 60607

Connect with campus leaders and fellow Hawkeyes-and learn about the Together Hawkeyes campaign and other university happenings. Your hosts for the evening will be Barbara Wilson, Iowa´s 22nd president, and Lynette Marshall, UI Center for Advancement president and CEO.

Register here: https://foriowa.info/3V8SmWR

Hors d´oeuvres and a hosted bar will be provided.

We hope to see you in Chicago!

Contact: Laurel Hall 319-467-3518

Departments: Center for Advancement

July 15, 2024 - July 26, 2024
Coming Soon: 100-Word Microstory Contest
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Mark your calendar for 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 here on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 9 a.m. CDT.

Contact: Kate Sojka 319-467-3884

Departments: Center for Advancement, MFA in Spanish Creative Writing, International Writing Program, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

July 18, 2024
Grandparents University®
8:00 am - 4:30 pm (CDT)

Registration will open on Monday, March 25, 2024.

Grandparents University® is an intergenerational learning program that allows grandparents-or honorary grandparents-to spend a day of discovery with their grandchildren.

This campus event will offer hands-on educational opportunities with UI experts. You can make lasting memories while exploring engaging topics in everything from the arts and humanities to medicine and science.

You´ll have the chance to learn more about topics such as:

  • Bird banding

  • Beatrix Potter

  • The metaverse

  • Memory and the brain

Registration will open on Monday, March 25, 2024, at 9 a.m., and will remain open Wednesday, July 3, 2024-or until we´ve reached capacity.

Cost: 

  • $75 for one grandparent and one grandchild

  • $100 for two grandparents and one grandchild or one grandparent and two grandchildren


The term Grandparents University® is a registered trademark originating at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is used with permission.

Contact: Erin Brokel 319-467-3668

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

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Former Hawkeye tackle Tristan Wirfs had a breakthrough year with the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Photo: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Former Hawkeye Tristan Wirfs (left) won a Super Bowl title in February with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tristan Wirfs is normally big on setting goals. "I usually write sticky notes and put them on my mirror," says Wirfs, a former All-American tackle for the University of Iowa football team who just wrapped up his rookie season in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I didn't write any goals this year because just having a season was my goal." For Wirfs, it proved to be a season to remember after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas Chiefs, 31-9, in Super Bowl LV. Not only did Wirfs start all 20 games of his rookie season, but he was on the field for 1,280 plays?allowing just one sack and having just one penalty called against him. At the end of the season, he was selected to Pro Football Focus' All-Rookie Team. "I love being in the huddle with him," says quarterback Tom Brady, who clinched his seventh Super Bowl ring and first with Tampa Bay. "[Tristan's] got a great maturity for a younger player. Obviously, he's very talented, but he's got a great attitude and really works hard." It ended up being the 16th time in the last 17 seasons that a former Hawkeye was in the Super Bowl. This time around, there were four Hawkeyes?Wirfs and Anthony Nelson (18BBA) for the Bucs and Anthony Hitchens and Ben Niemann (18BS) for the Chiefs. We caught up with Wirfs to talk about the past season, his time as a Hawkeye, and his efforts to support University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. You had a tremendous rookie season?all while playing against the best of the best. Who was the toughest defensive player you went up against this season? I went up against a lot of tough guys, and they all have something a little bit different that they do. Khalil Mack (Chicago Bears) is pretty good, strong, and fast at the same time. You don't know what he's going to throw at you. Cam Jordan (New Orleans Saints) is a big edge rusher. If he lines up super wide and gets a full head of steam, he's powerful. Brian Burns (Carolina Panthers), Joey Bosa (Los Angeles Chargers), and Za'Derius Smith and Preston Smith (Green Bay Packers) are all tough to prepare for, too. I had a lot of fun going up against all those guys. Photo: Tampa Bay Buccaneers As a rookie, former Hawkeye Tristan Wirfs started all 20 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His stellar first year earned him a spot on the Pro Football Focus' All-Rookie Team. As an offensive lineman, one of your bigger jobs is protecting your quarterback. What was it like competing with veteran quarterback Tom Brady? It was awesome. So many of my buddies texted me asking about Tom Brady, and it was really cool to play with him this past year. He's a great leader. He came into the program like a general. Experiencing his leadership?firsthand?was unreal. There were around 30 former Hawkeyes in the NFL this season. What does it say to have so many Hawkeyes competing at the highest level? I feel like Iowa is underrated, development wise, when it comes to preparing you for the NFL. With how many guys Coach Ferentz has gotten into the league, I think that speaks for itself. How did your time at the University of Iowa prepare you for life in the NFL? Playing at Iowa was a big part of turning me into who I am today. Coach Ferentz runs his program at Iowa like a professional team. He does his best to turn us into better men, good husbands, good fathers, and good people in the community. My mom was also a huge part of that, but Coach Ferentz continued that at Iowa. Before competing in the Super Bowl, you had two weeks off. What were COVID-19 protocols and testing like during the time leading up to the game? All season long, we were testing once a day, wore masks, and wore trackers. If someone tested positive, they could use the tracker to tell how much time you spent next to a person who tested positive. Leading up to the Super Bowl, the NFL changed testing to twice a day?testing once in the morning when we got to the facility and then again in the afternoon before we left. They took a lot of precautions to make sure no one was sitting out that game. You aren't the only former Iowa Hawkeye with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What was it like reconnecting with teammate Anthony Nelson? I loved it. Anthony and I were here at Iowa together for two years, and we had some really good battles. Making the transition from Iowa to Tampa Bay?having someone I knew down here? made it easier. When I got down here last June, he invited me to do a conditioning workout with some other teammates. He also helped me find my apartment. It's been fun to get together and compete together again. Photo: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Through the My Cause My Cleats campaign, Tristan Wirfs chose to deck out his size 17 cleats in black and gold to raise awareness for University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Each year, NFL players can pick a cause that is important to them and represent their chosen organization on custom-designed cleats through My Cause My Cleats. Can you talk about why you chose University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital? When I was at Iowa, I spent a lot of time at the children's hospital. My experiences there really put in perspective what I get to do daily. Those kids are up there getting poked and prodded with needles all day. Going there to hang out with them for 15 minutes?putting a smile on their faces or hearing them laugh?is great. What I get to do isn't that hard compared to what they're going through. So putting UI Stead Family Children's Hospital on my cleats was an obvious choice, and I gave the cleats to a girl, Kendra Hines, from my hometown [of Mount Vernon]. I've known her for quite some time. She has Down syndrome and has had quite a few procedures at the children's hospital. My mom and Kendra are neighbors, so my mom used Facetime and I got to see her with the cleats. It felt great to do that for her. You also helped raise funds for UI Stead Family Children's Hospital through your NFL Combine experience. Can you talk about that? I asked people to donate a certain dollar amount for every inch of my vertical jump. I ended up breaking the vertical jump record (36.5 inches) for offensive linemen, and we ended up raising more than $6,000 for the kids. What are your goals for next season? I'll be back to train at Iowa during the offseason, but I need to sit down and think about my goals. I'm not sure yet. Getting back to the Super Bowl could certainly be at the top of the list.

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