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The University of Iowa has determined that until the risk of COVID-19 exposure is reduced, all non-essential events will be offered through a virtual format. We are following the university's recommendations and are planning exclusively virtual events until further notice. We hope you will join us. If you don't see the university event you are looking for, please also visit events.uiowa.edu.

August 4, 2021
Chat from the Old Cap: Legends of Downtown Iowa City
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Join three University of Iowa graduates who are helping make Iowa City a destination for food and culture.

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.

Bob Franklin (98BA) is the owner of Elray´s Live & Dive in downtown Iowa City. It is located in the space that was once Blue Moose, and before that, Que. Franklin is an Iowa native who currently lives in Nashville. He is also the CEO and part-owner of a popular live music joint called Tin Roof, which has 18 locations in 12 states.

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.

Register to join these three Iowa City stars for this virtual event. 

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.

Contact: Tony Hakes (319) 467-3391

Departments: Center for Advancement

August 10, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Hannah Höch
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore Hannah Höch's Sperrende Kräfte [Locking Powers]. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. August 10 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

August 12, 2021
Dallas - Ft. Worth Iowa Club Hawkeye Happy Hour at Another Round Mini-Golf & Bar
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 660 Fort Worth Ave Suite 100, Dallas, TX US 75208

Dallas - Ft. Worth Iowa Club Hawkeye Happy Hour at Another Round Mini-Golf & Bar
 
When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Another Round Mini Golf & Bar - 660 Fort Worth Ave Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75208
 
The Dallas - Ft. Worth Iowa Club is kicking off the fall sports season on Thursday, Aug. 12, by hosting a Hawkeye Happy Hour from 6-8 p.m. at Another Round Mini-Golf & Bar, 660 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas. Snacks and the first 25 rounds of mini golf will be covered-with additional rounds costing $10 each-and we have rented their golf and VR simulators for your use.

Our club will also be raffling prizes off on Aug. 12-including four front row tickets to a Texas Rangers game and a Hawkeye flag that was flown by a U.S. special operations unit in the Middle East-to raise money for our scholarship fund. 

For more details or for any event questions, email dfwhawkeyes@gmail.com

Contact: Derek Harrigan (319) 467-3394

Departments: Center for Advancement

August 17, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Amlash rhyton
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore an ancient Amlash rhyton. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. August 17 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

August 21, 2021
Pentacrest Museums Grand Re-Opening
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 39-53 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA US 52240

It's our Grand Re-Opening event and you're invited! In a celebration of our community´s resiliency and all we accomplished in our galleries, exhibits, and behind-the-scenes while you were away, we welcome you back to explore in a fun-filled day: 

  • Special games/activities for prizes at the Museum of Natural History
  • Free tours at Old Capitol Museum
  • Swag giveaways
  • Debut of Lions exhibition in Mammal Hall
  • Reveal of updated Glaciers exhibit in Iowa Hall
  • And MORE!

We missed you during the pandemic and we know school is just around the corner. Let's celebrate the in-between time and gather in exploration!

Start in Iowa Hall where you & your group will receive your Museum Passport: your guide through the Museum of Natural History adventures. Collect stamps and for prizes! Head over to Old Cap anytime between 10-2 for a free tour and more goodies! 


We are following all COVID-related guidance from The University of Iowa and ask our visitors do the same. Please visit Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) | The University of Iowa (uiowa.edu) for the latest.

Contact: Carolina Kaufman 319-467-3130

Departments: Pentacrest Museums, Museum of Natural History, Department of Biology, Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Office of the Vice President for Research, Carver College of Medicine

August 24, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Tiffany lamp
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore a Tiffany table lamp. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. August 24 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

August 26, 2021 - October 28, 2021
Connections and Convos with the Iowa Women´s Leadership Network
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Join the Iowa Women´s Leadership Network for Connections and Convos, an online opportunity to grow, develop, and talk with fellow Hawkeye women. This recurring event is about you and for you-and will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month. All you need is a computer, internet access, and a cozy place to connect. 

Register today!

Contact: Kim Chickering 319-467-3527

Departments: Center for Advancement, Global Health Studies Program

August 28, 2021
All-Iowa Picnic in Portland, Oregon
11:00 am - 2:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 4503 N Lombard St, Portland, OR US 97203

Wear your Hawkeye gear and join us for this free, family-friendly event at picnic area B in the northwest corner of Columbia Park. Anyone from the state of Iowa is invited to join us, including alumni from ISU, UNI, Luther College, etc. Please bring your own food and beverages. The park is ADA accessible and has a play area, tennis and volleyball courts, and a splash pad.

For updates, please visit the Portland Iowa Club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1535131823370584

No registration required.

Contact: Molly Torchia 319-467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

August 31, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Nakunte Diarra
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore bogolanfiniw (mud-dyed cloth) hunter's tunic made by Bamana artist Nakunte Diarra. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. August 31 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

September 7, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Chaim Soutine
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore Chaim Soutine's Femme au Chien [Woman with Dog]. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. September 7 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

September 14, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Eadweard Muybridge
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore Eadweard Muybridge's 1887 Vulture Flying, plate 767 from volume 11, Wild Animals and Birds, of Animal Locomotion. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. September 14 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Cinematic Arts

September 21, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Rufino Tamayo
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri are celebrating National Hispanic - Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) by exploring Rufino Tamayo's Virgin of Guadalupe. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. September 21 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Cinematic Arts, Latina/o/x Studies Program

September 28, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Alexander Archipenko
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri will explore Alexander Archipenko's Standing Concave (Glorification of Beauty). They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. September 28 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Cinematic Arts

October 11, 2021 - October 16, 2021
University of Iowa Homecoming 2021
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Save the Date: Homecoming 2021, October 11-16

Mark your calendars for Homecoming week, which culminates with the Oct. 16 Hawkeye football game versus Purdue. In the meantime, share your favorite past Homecoming memories by emailing uimagazine@foriowa.org. Your letters may be published in an upcoming issue of Iowa Magazine.

Contact: Heather Wilensky 319-335-3305

Departments: Center for Advancement

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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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