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The University of Iowa has determined that beginning August 1, all non-essential events will be offered through a virtual format. We are following the university's recommendations and are planning exclusively virtual events for the remainder of this summer and fall. We hope you will join us. If you don't see the university event you are looking for, please also visit events.uiowa.edu.

October 31, 2020
Stanley Reads - 4
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)

This meeting will be hosted by Derek Nnuro, associate writer (Stanley Museum of Art)

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (2016)

  • H (pp. 155-175)
  • Akua (pp. 176-197)

Stanley Reads is hosted by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Register for Stanley Reads at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz. Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.

Stanley Reads puts the museum´s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery. 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers´ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC´s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi´s first novel. 

Homegoing book jacket

November 4, 2020
Chat from the Old Cap: Legends of Iowa City Food
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CST)

Join three Iowa City foodie stars and University of Iowa alumni as they talk about their careers and culinary creations.

Chef Benjamin Smart (04BS) studied and worked at several restaurants, including serving as executive sous chef at an upscale eatery located outside of Seattle, before returning to Iowa City in 2013 to help open Big Grove Brewery in Solon, Iowa. From there, he went on to open Pullman Bar & Diner, Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, and St. Burch Tavern - all located in Iowa City. In 2017, he was highlighted by Plate magazine as one of 30 chefs to watch.

Aaron Jennings (03BA) is the owner of Micky's Irish Pub in downtown Iowa City. Before returning home to the Hawkeye state in 2009, he worked at and managed restaurants all over the country. In 2013, he and his business partner purchased Micky's and have been running it for nearly a decade.

Lesley Rish (10BA) is the founder of Dumpling Darling, a fast-casual fusion food restaurant inspired by dumplings and street food from around the world. Her creations focus on vegan and locally sourced items. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Rish lived and worked in South Korea where she discovered her love for dumplings. She returned to Iowa and started a farmers market stand in 2014, eventually opening a restaurant in downtown Iowa City in 2017.

Registration is required and space is limited for this online session.

https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oDfjrl-ySC-50KcLSyuxaw

Chat from the Old Cap is a series of virtual engagement sessions featuring Iowa alumni and friends sharing stories from their careers, backgrounds, and the university that unites us.

October 21, 2020 - November 18, 2020
The UI Alumni and Friends Hawkeye Haiku Writing Contest
All Day ()

Autumn is in the air, which means Hawkeye football, fall foliage, pumpkin spice, and so much more. Now is the time for you to channel your creativity during the University of Iowa Alumni and Friends Hawkeye Haiku Contest, which is open to alumni, faculty and staff, students, and friends of any age. Learn more and enter here.

November 7, 2020
Saturdays at the Stanley - "Frenemies: Jackson Pollock & Willem de Kooning"
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CST)

Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning are two of the most well-known and groundbreaking American abstract painters. Friends and competitors, they jockeyed for position to be the most important American artist of the century. Find out how Pollock and De Kooning pushed twentieth-century American painting (and each other) in daring new directions. Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement leads the discussion.

Join us on Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/98230324908

Saturdays at the Stanley brings the museum´s collection to you in a casual, fun, and interactive atmosphere. Each event has a theme - game day, frenemies, cats - that looks at our artwork from a different perspective. Curators lead visitors through a selection of works, share stories about the artists and subject matter, and open the discussion up to the audience. We invite visitors of all ages to participate in these conversations and get (re)acquainted with our collection as we look forward to the opening of our new building!

November 10, 2020
Iowa vs. Minnesota Trivia Challenge
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (CST)

Team captain registration is required: https://foriowa.info/31PtJT9

While the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Golden Gophers prepare for the Floyd of Rosedale game on November 13th, it´s time to get the rivalry started between fans and friends with a trivia night! We are proud to partner with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, as we match wits and find out which fan base can truly claim the trivia crown!

Fly solo or create your dream team and compete for a $50 Iowa Hawk Shop gift card as well as University bragging rights. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to all ages and ability levels. We will have specific Floyd of Rosedale rivalry and school-influenced trivia rounds, but will also have general trivia throughout so that all are welcome to test their knowledge!

November 10, 2020
Life After College Series: Landing the "Dream Job"
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)

Life after college brings unexpected challenges-and the answers aren´t always a Google search away. Gain some helpful perspectives in this transition by hearing from fellow recent graduates who are experiencing the same real-life situations. Join us for fun conversation and practical takeaways on living your best life after college.

Our virtual Life After College series kicks off with a discussion on exploring how UI recent graduates decided to create their own path and launch their entrepreneurial journeys.

Register Now

November 11, 2020
Chat from the Old Cap: Joy Harjo (78MFA)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CST)

Join Joy Harjo (78MFA), the current U.S. Poet Laureate and the first Native American to hold the position.

An internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee Creek Nation, Harjo has written nine books of poetry, several plays and children´s books, and a memoir. The Iowa Writers´ Workshop graduate has received numerous honors, including the Poetry Foundation´s Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Poets & Writers´ Jackson Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Harjo´s memoir, Crazy Brave, won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. Additionally, she is a renowned musician and performs internationally with her band, the Arrow Dynamics, which has recorded five award-winning albums.

Lan Samantha Chang (93MFA), program director of the Iowa Writers´ Workshop and Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor in the Arts, will host the online session. Her work has been translated into nine languages and featured twice in The Best American Short Stories.

Registration is required and space is limited.

https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ssbD7aA4QgSqgjsY5fY7tg

Chat from the Old Cap is a series of virtual engagement sessions featuring Iowa alumni and friends sharing stories from their careers, backgrounds, and the university that unites us.

November 12, 2020
IBL Center Fall Speaker Series: Tabrez Ebrahim
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST)

Theme:  Examining Institutional Structures, Race, Business, and the Law

Tabrez Ebrahim

Associate Professor, California Western School of Law

Ostrom Visiting Scholar, Indiana University

"Normative Considerations of Algorithmic Discrimination & Prescriptions for Data Fairness"

Please contact sara-k-clark@uiowa.edu for the Zoom Webinar link for this program.

November 12, 2020
European Studies Group - Simon Glendinning
2:00 pm (CST)

The European Studies Group will present a guest presentation and Q&A with Professor Simon Glendinning from the London School of Economics on "Europe: A Community That is Not One" at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, via Zoom.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Simon Glendinning will track the development of a distinctively British vision of European integration after the Second World War, and growing anxiety in Britain about desires for a European community that is One. Focusing on a British conception of a Europe whose excellence lies, as JS Mill put it, in its "many-sided development", its "remarkable diversity", and exploring this as it was articulated in post-War British, and especially British Prime Ministerial, political speech-making, Professor Glendinning will chart the British course into the perhaps not very philosophical opening of "Brexit"; the referendum on the UK´s membership of the European Union in 2016, and the majority that was won then for "Leave".

To receive a draft of the paper in advance and/or send questions for the presenter, email luis-martin-estudillo@uiowa.edu.

November 12, 2020
Virtual Book Club with Sheri Salata
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (CST)

Join the Iowa Women´s Leadership Network (IWLN) for a virtual book club showcasing Sheri Salata´s memoir, The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation, with a special guest appearance by the author!

Salata (80BBA) is an author, speaker, and producer who worked with Oprah Winfrey for 20 years. The University of Iowa alumna´s inspirational memoir was named an Amazon best-selling new release and an Apple Must Listen audiobook.

Salata´s five-year stint as the final executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show was featured in the docuseries Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. She also served as president of Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network and was named one of Fast Company´s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Our discussion will celebrate Salata´s journey, empower readers to apply the lessons within the memoir to their future endeavors, and center around the IWLN´s mission to inspire women. Support your favorite local bookstore by purchasing her memoir and participating in this fun, interactive discussion with Salata, alumni, and friends.

Register Today!
 

November 13, 2020
smART Talks: Terry Conrad
11:00 am - 12:00 pm (CST)

Terry Conrad, UI assistant professor and program head of printmaking, and Iowa Print Media Faculty Fellow, will discuss his new prints and their ecological connections.

Join us on Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/97332945281

smART Talks highlights work of faculty and graduate students at the University of Iowa. It connects their recent research and art to the Stanley´s permanent collection. Join us for a conversation filled with art, discovery, and community.

November 14, 2020
Stanley Reads - 5
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CST)

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (2016)

  • Willie (pp. 198-220)
  • Yaw (pp. 221-241)

Stanley Reads is hosted by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Register for Stanley Reads at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz. Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.

Stanley Reads puts the museum´s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery. 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers´ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC´s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi´s first novel. 

Homegoing book jacket

November 16, 2020
WorldCanvass: Iowa in the World
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (CST)

Sarah Lande, a lifelong proponent of citizen diplomacy and key figure in the history of Iowa's relationship with China, and Patrick and Susan Keefe, whose commitment to serving the health needs of under-resourced and marginalized communities has taken them to many parts of the U.S. and the world, are the recipients of the UI's 2020 International Impact Award. UI President Bruce Harreld and International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russell Ganim will present the International Impact Awards during WorldCanvass, the official kick-off for the UI celebration of International Education Week (November 16-20).  Recognition will also be given to Mishma Nixon and Nicholas Stroup, recipients of the UI's Global Student Awards.  WorldCanvass will be held virtually this year through Zoom, beginning at 5:30p.m. on November 16.

To see the complete program schedule, please visit http://bit.ly/WCIEW2020
 
Following the presentation of the awards, WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer will talk with the awardees about their lives and the personal commitment that has driven their efforts to make a tangible global impact. Joining the conversation are Dimy Doresca, director of the Institute for International Business in the Tippie College of Business, Donald Letendre, dean of the College of Pharmancy, and Jeanine Abrons, clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy.

The International Impact Award recognizes distinguished alumni and other individuals with significant ties to the UI who have made important contributions internationally or, in the case of international alumni, abroad in their home countries. It honors exceptional individuals in any field who have made sustained and deep contributions internationally or in the U.S. to promote global understanding. For more information about this year´s recipients and all past International Impact Award winners, visit https://international.uiowa.edu/connect/programs/iew/international-impact-award.

Mishma Nixon and Nicholas Stroup are recipients of the 2020 Global Student Award, which recognizes current University of Iowa students who are emerging leaders deeply engaged in international education on campus or abroad. The award is given to two students annually-one to a student who has made significant efforts toward campus internationalization (Nixon) and another to a student who is furthering globalization through their international research or study abroad program (Stroup).  For more information about this year's Global Student Award winners, visit https://international.uiowa.edu/news/2020-global-student-award-winners-announced.

Please register here:  http://bit.ly/WCNov16

Following the live event, the video recording of WorldCanvass will be available on the International Programs website and on YouTube.  In addition, audio podcasts of all WorldCanvass programs can be found on iTunes and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). WorldCanvass is produced by University of Iowa International Programs.

November 17, 2020
Voices for Change: Discussing race on campus across the decades
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (CST)

Register for this free online event: https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cH5S3H_lRMmvxxL4yBWcjQ

Join alumni and friends for this perspectives panel that delves into the University of Iowa´s history and experiences of Black students. Learn from former University of Iowa faculty Lena Hill and Michael Hill (authors of Invisible Hawkeyes: African American at the University of Iowa during the Long Civil Rights Era) and alumni representatives from the Iowa Black Alumni Association and Iowa Black Alumni Network. The panel will be moderated by Liz Tovar, the UI´s interim associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

November 18, 2020
Chat from the Old Cap: Rita Guzmán (18BBA)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CST)

To celebrate International Education Week, join Rita Guzmán (18BBA) as she shares how her experience at Iowa and teaching English in Portugal through the Fulbright Program led to a career in study abroad.

The University of Iowa marketing graduate works in the internships division at IES Abroad, a nonprofit organization that educates students to become global leaders through premier study abroad and internship programs. As a student, Guzmán studied abroad in London and worked as a radio host in the IES Dublin Summer Internship Program, which sparked her interest in international education.

She also worked for the UI Study Abroad office and Henry B. Tippie College of Business as a program ambassador, diversity ambassador, peer mentor, and outreach assistant. Proficient in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Guzmán develops outreach strategies to maximize inclusion and underrepresented students in IES internship programs.

Russell Ganim, the associate provost and dean of the UI´s International Programs, will host the online session.

Registration is required and space is limited for this online session.

https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AH77JrKbTZWTwQAAyrj52w

Chat from the Old Cap is a series of virtual engagement sessions featuring Iowa alumni and friends sharing stories from their careers, backgrounds, and the university that unites us.

November 24, 2020
Iowa vs. Nebraska Trivia Challenge
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (CST)

Team captain registration is required: https://foriowa.info/2JauYWm

While the Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers prepare for the Heroes Game on November 27th, it´s time to get the rivalry started between fans and friends with a trivia night! We are proud to partner with the University of Nebraska Alumni Association, as we match wits and find out which fan base can truly claim the trivia crown!

Fly solo or create your dream team and compete for a $50 Iowa Hawk Shop gift card as well as University bragging rights. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to all ages and ability levels. We will have specific Heroes Game and school-influenced trivia rounds, but will also have general trivia throughout so that all are welcome to test their knowledge!

December 2, 2020
Chat From the Old Cap: Angela Linn (94BA)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CST)

Join Angela Linn (94BA), a museum professional for more than 26 years, who is developing a plan to conserve, interpret, and exhibit the "Magic Bus" made infamous by the book and subsequent film, Into the Wild.

Linn is the senior collections manager of Ethnology and History at the University of Alaska Museum of the North (UAMN) in Fairbanks, Alaska, which in September 2020 became the official repository for Into the Wild´s Bus 142. At UAMN, she cares for and provides access to more than 17,000 objects that help tell the story of Alaskans, both Indigenous and non-Native settlers.

Born and raised in eastern Iowa, Linn was inspired by the University of Iowa´s Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Art to study anthropology and museum studies at the UI and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Linn is currently an interdisciplinary PhD candidate housed in the Arctic and Northern Studies program at UAF.

Registration is required and space is limited for this online session.

https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mi3uPG_zTqGXoDuzUA2EXA

Chat from the Old Cap is a series of virtual engagement sessions featuring Iowa alumni and friends sharing stories from their careers, backgrounds, and the university that unites us.

December 2, 2020
Life After College Series: What I Wish I Knew Then
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)

Featuring Megan Greenwood (11BSE) Founder, Greenwood Brewing

Life after college brings unexpected challenges-and the answers aren´t always a Google search away.  Gain some helpful perspectives in this transition by hearing from fellow recent graduates who are experiencing the same real-life situations. Join us for fun conversation and practical takeaways on living your best life after college.

Our virtual Life After College series kicks off with a discussion on exploring how UI recent graduates decided to create their own path and launch their entrepreneurial journeys.

Register Now

December 3, 2020
IBL Center Fall Speaker Series: Stella Burch Elias & Kit Johnson
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST)

Theme:  Examining Institutional Structures, Race, Business, and the Law

Stella Burch Elias

Professor of Law

Chancellor William Gardiner Hammond Fellow in Law

Director, London Law Program

University of Iowa College of Law

&

Kit Johnson

Associate Professor of Law

University of Oklahoma College of Law

"Racial Exclusion in Employment-Based Immigration"

Please contact sara-k-clark@uiowa.edu for the Zoom Webinar link for this program.

December 5, 2020
Stanley Reads - 6
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CST)

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (2016)

  • Sonny (pp. 242-262)
  • Marjorie (pp. 263-282)
  • Marcus (pp. 283-299)

Stanley Reads is hosted by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Register for Stanley Reads at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz. Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event.

Stanley Reads puts the museum´s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery. 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers´ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC´s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi´s first novel. 

Homegoing book jacket

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As the University of Iowa readies to host the Big Ten Men?s Tennis Tournament this Thursday through Sunday, two loyal Hawkeyes have made a major gift commitment to ensure that student-athletes continue to receive top-notch training and instruction. Kirk and Diane Mellecker, of Park City, Utah, have made a major gift commitment to establish the Mellecker Family Head Men?s Tennis Coach Fund. This fund created the first endowed coaching position at the University of Iowa?held by head coach Ross Wilson?and also is the first such named position for men?s tennis in the Big Ten Conference. ?We are extremely thankful for this historic and generous gift from Kirk and Diane,? says Gary Barta, who holds the Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair. ?The Melleckers are longtime supporters of Iowa athletics and have made an incredible commitment to the legacy of Iowa tennis. Their significant contribution will transform the lives of so many Hawkeye student-athletes for generations to come.? Kirk Mellecker (80BGS) has always had a passion for tennis. As a UI freshman, he aspired to compete for the men?s tennis team under coach John Winnie. ?I was really hoping to be a Division I student-athlete,? says Kirk Mellecker. ?To get through college, though, I had to work my tail off. It just wasn?t in the cards, but I?ve always had a warm spot in my heart for the Hawkeyes.? Kirk Mellecker, who is semi-retired after owning and operating a variety of food manufacturing businesses, understands the importance of retaining and attracting quality individuals. As someone who specialized in turning around struggling companies, he sees the value of having the right people on the front lines. ?When you get good people, you need to take care of them,? says Kirk Mellecker. ?Ross is one of those people, and I believe continuity is so important to the growth of the program. This gift is a way to make sure that we have the best possible people in the best possible situations, which creates the best possible chance for success.? Wilson, who is in his fourth year as Iowa?s head men?s tennis coach, has energized the Hawkeyes with highly rated recruits and an aggressive style of play. Wilson says he is extremely appreciative of continued support from the Melleckers, which is helping student-athletes succeed in the competitive Big Ten Conference. ?Kirk and Diane have supported our program since the moment I arrived at Iowa,? says Wilson. ?They are committed to giving our student-athletes the best experiences on and off the court. I look forward to continuing to build our program alongside them and celebrating the future success of our players.? The Melleckers? $2.4 million commitment also includes the creation of an excellence fund, which will address the most pressing needs of the tennis program. In the short term, this fund is helping bring a United States Tennis Association Futures Tour event to Iowa City. The tournament, which will be held in July for amateurs and professionals, will provide current Iowa tennis players with elite level competition on campus and will help bolster future recruiting efforts by the Hawkeye coaching staff. ?We want to help Ross build a perennial top 25 program,? says Kirk and Diane Mellecker, who created a scholarship five years ago for Hawkeye men?s tennis student-athletes. ?We have the facilities, we have the people, and now we have the resources to compete at a high level.? The Melleckers have one son, Justin (16BS), a fifth-generation UI graduate who works at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the home of two professional tennis tournaments?the BNP Paribas Open and the newly formed Oracle Challenger Series, which provides additional playing opportunities around the nation to collegiate and professional athletes. Justin Mellecker is working in all aspects of this dynamic organization. ?Hawkeye athletics have always been an important part of our lives,? says Kirk Mellecker. ?Our family is spread around the country, but the Hawkeyes bring us back together. They?re the glue that holds us together.?

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