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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.

January 27, 2021
Life Design Course with David Gould and Dan Lerner
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (CST)

Register today: https://foriowa.info/34SQurf

Set your New Year's Resolution for a new design on life and let faculty member David Gould (92MA) help you set the course.

Sign up to participate in this course designed to help you think about maximizing your experiences and reaching your goals. This course includes a featured guest speaker, inspirational readings, reflective assignments, and group discussion. 

Wednesday, January 27 - Dan Lerner, NYU Professor (In the End)

This free course will be done virtually through Zoom.

January 27, 2021
Virtual University of Iowa Florida Reception
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (CST)

Register for this free virtual event for Florida alumni today: https://foriowa.info/2Wy0fpM

The University of Iowa is hosting a virtual reception-which will include a special appearance by Hawkeye Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz-for our Florida alumni and friends. We hope you will mark your calendar and join us!

This online event will give you the chance to join with fellow Hawkeyes in learning about the latest university happenings.

Guest speakers:

Bruce Harreld
President
The University of Iowa

Lynette Marshall
President and CEO
The University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Kirk Ferentz
Head Football Coach
The University of Iowa

Gerard Clancy (83BA, 88MD, 92R)
Senior Associate Dean for External Affairs
Professor of Psychiatry
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Marissa Mueller
Class of 2021
2021 Rhodes Scholar
Ontario, Canada

Questions? Contact Nancy Bandy at 319-467-3494 or at events@foriowa.org.

Although we can´t safely gather in person right now, we look forward to having you join us online!

 

February 3, 2021
HERkys' Hour: Big Ten Senior Women's Administrator Panel
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (CST)

We're celebrating National Girls and Women in Sport Day all throughout February by hosting weekly HERkys' Hour conversations. These lunch-hour conservations will be hosted via Zoom with Barbara Burke, deputy director of athletics at the University of Iowa, and other special guests.

This HERkys' Hour will feature Janine Oman (Ohio State University), Janna Blais (Northwestern University), Julie Manning (University of Minnesota), and Mattie White (Indiana University). These four women, along with our very own Barbara Burke, will provide insight on their rise to leadership roles within collegiate athletics, managing day to day operations, and the impact they have on girls and young women.

Register Now!

February 6, 2021 - May 1, 2021
Stanley Reads Book Club - Spring 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CST)

Stanley Reads puts the museum´s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This spring we will read At the End of the Century: Stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and consider connections to the Waswo X. Waswo Collection of Indian Printmaking and other works from the Stanley´s collection.

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

At the End of the Century: Stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is a posthumously compiled short story collection that addresses family, class, post-Independence India, and the lingering effects of colonialism. The collection is global in scope, covering India, the UK, and New York through vivid characters. Jhabvala writes from the perspective of someone who lived much of her life in India and raised her children there. Her status as a long-time resident coupled with her keen observation gave her access to many parts of Indian life; yet she remained aware of her position as an outsider. 

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927-2013) wrote novels and short stories, but she may be best known for her screenplays for which she received two Academy Awards. Born in Germany, Jhabvala and her family immigrated to the UK in 1939. In 1951, she and her husband Cyrus Jhabvala moved to New Delhi, India. She remained in India for twenty-four years. She frequently wrote about social mores, customs, and Western influence in her adopted country. In 1975, she moved to New York, where she lived until her death in 2013. 

As a companion to At the End of the Century, we recommend Midnight´s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India´s Partition, by Nisid Hajari. This book will provide further context about post-Independence Indian history from the point of view of someone who was born and lives in India.

Registration required for the event series. Zoom links will be emailed on the Wednesday prior to each event. All who register after that time, will be registered for the following meeting.

Register now for Stanley Reads: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eVwG5txkj4P19ml

Spring 2021 schedule:

February 6: Introduction by Anita Desai [optional - includes spoilers for short stories], Loss of Faith, The Widow, A Spiritual Call (pp. 3-80).

February 20: Miss Sahib, A Course of English Studies, An Experience of India (pp. 81-156).

March 6: Two More under the Indian Sun, Desecration, Expiation (pp. 157-226).

March 20: Great Expectations, Two Muses, Ménage (pp. 227-319). Guest moderator Derek Nnuro.

[April 3 Passover & Easter Holidays - NO MEETING]      

April 17: A Choice of Heritage, A Lovesong for India, Pagans (pp. 321-394).

May 1: At the End of the Century, The Judge´s Will (pp. 395-437).

February 8, 2021
Frontiers in Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolism: Evan Rosen, MD, PhD
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (CST)

Evan Rosen, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at BIDMC (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
Harvard Medical School
Title: "Novel Mechanisms Regulating Adipose Thermogenesis"

February 10, 2021
HERkys' Hour: Debbie Antonelli, ESPN College Basketball Analyst
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (CST)

We're celebrating National Girls and Women in Sport Day all throughout February by hosting weekly HERkys' Hour conversations. These lunch-hour conservations will be hosted via Zoom with Barbara Burke, deputy director of athletics at the University of Iowa, and other special guests.

This HERkys' Hour will feature Debbie Antonelli, a national basketball analyst with 30 years of experience covering college basketball and the WNBA. Debbie will talk about her career path, the lessons she's learned, and how she is mentoring the next generation of female leaders.

Register Now!

February 11, 2021
Spring 2021 VIRTUAL Engineering Career Fair
10:00 am - 3:00 pm (CST)

Due to the national pandemic, the Spring 2021 Engineering Career Fair will be held virtually through the Handshake platform.

With that being said, we still encourage you to treat it similarly to an in-person fair.  Please update your resume (VMock and the Peer Advisors are great resources!), research the employers attending, and practice talking about your skills and experiences (have you tried Big Interview?).  A complete list of employers attending can be found on Handshake under the "Fairs" section.

For other resources to help with your job search, please check out the Engineering Career Services website.

February 17, 2021
HERkys' Hour: Hawkeye Head Coaches Panel
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (CST)

We're celebrating National Girls and Women in Sport Day all throughout February by hosting weekly HERkys' Hour conversations. These lunch-hour conservations will be hosted via Zoom with Barbara Burke, deputy director of athletics at the University of Iowa, and other special guests.

This HERky's Hour will feature University of Iowa head coaches Vicki Brown (volleyball), Lisa Cellucci (field hockey), and Megan Menzel (women's golf). Brown, Cellucci, and Menzel will talk about the leadership opportunities athletics provides girls and young women, characteristics they look for when recruiting student-athletes, and how they help shape student-athletes to be tomorrow's leaders.

Register Now!

February 19, 2021
smART Talks with Ain Grooms and Joyce Tasi
11:00 am - 11:30 am (CST)

Dr. Ain Grooms is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership program. Her research interests focus on equity and access in public education, in particular for Black students and other students of color. In her Foundations of Education course for undergraduates interested in enrolling in the university´s Teacher Education Program, she encourages the interrogation of historical and contemporary relationships between schooling and society.  She will talk with Dr. Joyce Tsai about how they have used museum visits to introduce Foundations students to the history of UI. They will also discuss what public education can and should do to draw strength from and encourage diverse perspectives. 

Join us on Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/97458723175

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.

February 22, 2021
Grant Wood Fellow Talk with Margarita Blush
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (CST)

My Voice: Creating Original Theatre Inspired by Personal Experiences and Fueled by Societal Issues  

Margarita Blush creates original visual theatre that explores important contemporary issues and draws inspiration from her own experiences. In her talk, Margarita will trace the journey of her artistic process through sharing with the audience the evolution of her work in the last twenty years and focusing in particular on her last two productions: Unfolding and The Rule of the World.

Join us on Zoom:  https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96930512171

She is the Artistic Director of Margarita Blush Productions, an ensemble-based company that creates and performs original work. Blush´s latest production, Unfolding (2015), has been performed at festivals and venues in the US (including the 2017 National Puppetry Festival), Bulgaria, and Turkey (funded by The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation US Artists International Program). In spring 2019 the show was performed at The Tank in New York City to great critical and audience acclaim. In summer 2019, as a recipient of an Asian Cultural Council Individual Fellowship, Blush traveled to Japan for eight weeks to study traditional Japanese theatre forms.

Blush works as a director, performer, and teacher in the field of devised theatre. Her work blends live acting, puppetry, movement, conceptual design, and original live music to produce imaginative and thought-provoking theatre experiences for the audience. Her work challenges traditional, institutionalized, and commercial theatre creation while engaging audiences with content that examines contemporary social and cultural values.

While a Grant Wood Fellow, Blush is developing a new show, The Rule of the World, set to premiere during the UI Department of Theatre Arts 2021-2022 season.

February 23, 2021
Virtual UI Arizona Program
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (CST)

The University of Iowa is hosting a virtual program-including a special appearance by Hawkeye Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz-for our Arizona alumni and friends. We hope you will mark your calendar and join us!

This online event will give you the chance to join fellow Hawkeyes in learning about the latest university happenings.

Guest speakers:

Bruce Harreld
President
The University of Iowa

Lynette Marshall
President and CEO
The University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Kirk Ferentz
Head Football Coach
The University of Iowa

Gerard Clancy (83BA, 88MD, 92R)
Senior Associate Dean for External Affairs
Professor of Psychiatry
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Marissa Mueller
Class of 2021
2021 Rhodes Scholar
Ontario, Canada

Questions? Contact Nancy Bandy at 319-467-3494 or events@foriowa.org.

Register now!

Although we can´t safely gather in person right now, we look forward to having you join us online!

February 24, 2021
HERkys' Hour: Joni Comstock, Senior VP Of Championships For The NCAA
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (CST)

We're celebrating National Girls and Women in Sport Day all throughout February by hosting weekly HERkys' Hour conversations. These lunch-hour conservations will be hosted via Zoom with Barbara Burke, deputy director of athletics at the University of Iowa, and other special guests.

This HERkys' Hour will feature Joni Comstock, senior vice president of championships and senior women's administrator for the NCAA. Comstock will share how she has worked her way through leadership positions within collegiate athletics, the changes she has experienced throughout the years, and advice she has for female professionals.

Register Now!

February 27, 2021
Stanley Creates: Star Accordion Book
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CST)

Participants will learn how to fold an accordion book that expands into many stars when opened. Lauren Linahon will guide kids through folding and assembling their books and offer individualized help throughout the process. Kids can then illustrate the books and write their own stories. 

Stanley Creates is an interactive program for children and teens to learn artmaking techniques using everyday materials. Taking inspiration from the museum´s collection, participants will play with materials to create unique projects at home. Lauren Linahon will demonstrate the process and provide feedback and support to participants as they make their artwork. 

Register Now: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eEcAQWgJr8bFYTs 

Registration closes on Wednesday, February 24 at noon. 

Lauren Linahon is a graduate student in art education. She has led artmaking workshops for United Action for Youth and taught studio sections of the course Create, Imagine, Play: Human Development through Arts at the University of Iowa.

Video instructions will be available after the event for those who are unable to attend, but would like to make the projects.

March 29, 2021
Grant Wood Fellow Talk: Elena Smyrniotis
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (CDT)

Dispossessed

In her talk, Elena Smyrniotis will discuss themes of utopia and human desire for a better world. Her work draws on Sir Thomas More´s idea of Utopia as a remote geographical location, an island or a landscape that displays a visual order of utopia and dystopia in an ambiguous and evocative way. The Island can be discovered anywhere in the ocean, or in the middle of a busy metropolis. Smyrniotis considers physical and mental units for measuring the distance between where we are now and the place called Utopian Island. She contemplates the opposition between two orders-utopia and dystopia-not by separating them but seeing them together at the same time. She considers the two terms within each other in order to feel the extreme intensity of their confrontation, especially in a time when a dystopian future is a real possibility.

Join us on Zoom:  https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96265709940

Elena Smyrniotis is a printmaking and installation artist with a background in architecture. Her work explores literary and historical utopian ideas through contemplations on the utopian landscape, with a particular focus on architecture, topography, and cartography. She earned an MFA in printmaking from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in printmaking and drawing from the University of Saint Francis, and an MA in Architecture and Engineering from State Petroleum University (Ufa, Russia).

Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at PINEA-LINEA DA COSTA (Rota, Spain), Artlink Contemporary Gallery (Fort Wayne, IN), and the Snite Museum of Art (Notre Dame, IN), where she received the Walter Beardsley Award in 2017. She is a regular participant, and in 2018 was a guest of honor, in the International Art & Design Exhibition at Selcuk University (Konya, Turkey).

Smyrniotis has held fellowships and teaching positions in cultural institutions around the world. Most recently she was a fellow at the Rome Global Gateway in cooperation with the Capitoline Museums, the Hertziana Library, and Geographical Society of Italy in Rome; led a printmaking workshop at the Gems Metropole School in Dubai, UAE; and participated in a painting workshop at the Painting School of Montmiral in Montmiral, France. She has taught printmaking and drawing courses at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Saint Francis, and was the 2019 Visiting Artist at the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis. She is also a founder and director of the Art and Architectural School for Children (Ufa, Russia).

April 10, 2021
Saturdays at the Stanley - Japanese Woodblock Prints
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)

Check out how Japanese artists used multiple woodblocks to make color prints. See the blocks and the resulting print.

This event will be led by Assistant Registrar Sarah Luko, who is a practicing artist and holds an MFA from the UI Center for the Book.

Join us on Zoom:  https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/95295413559

Saturdays at the Stanley brings the museum´s collection to audiences in a casual, fun, and interactive atmosphere. Each event has a theme 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! 

April 16, 2021
smART Talks: "The Public Rights Principle for Public Art Museums"
11:00 am - 11:30 am (CDT)

Jennifer (Otis) Miller will discuss the public rights principle, which gives all people the right to make active use of public art museum collections and other publicly held historical artifacts.    

She will share her interdisciplinary research in several different contexts including:  

  • The University of Iowa Archives, finding the love letters of Carrie Ellen Stanley (1886 - 1962) and James J. Trickey (1888- 1913).  
  • The Virtual Writing Project focused on Activism in Iowa that Jennifer created during her 2020 Obermann Fellowship with the African American Museum of Iowa.  
  • The work of Gina Adams, a visual artist, performer, teacher, and indigenous land rights activist, whose career was altered by her access to archival documents and art museum collections. 
  • The work of Dr. Victoria Rovine, a curator and art historian who worked at the University of Iowa Museum of Art from 1995 to 2004.

Jennifer (Otis) Miller is a doctoral student in the College of Education´s Language, Literacy, and Culture Program at the University of Iowa. She also holds an MFA in Ceramics (U Iowa, 2000), an MA ESL (Hamline University, 2015), and has recently worked in international development and education programs in Ethiopia (Peace Corps, 2011-2014) and Myanmar (EL Fellow, 2015-2017). 

Join us on Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/98354394757

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.

April 24, 2021
Stanley Creates: 3D Self-Portraits
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)

How do you see yourself? What makes you unique? Participants will reflect and express themselves in 3D self-portraits. Lauren Linahon will provide guidance and suggestions during the workshop.  

Stanley Creates is an interactive program for children and teens to learn artmaking techniques using everyday materials. Taking inspiration from the museum´s collection, participants will play with materials to create unique projects at home. Lauren Linahon will demonstrate the process and provide feedback and support to participants as they make their artwork. 

Register Now: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6ROcHDnwpy5pz3U 

Registration closes on Wednesday, April 21 at noon. 

Lauren Linahon is a graduate student in art education. She has led artmaking workshops for United Action for Youth and taught studio sections of the course Create, Imagine, Play: Human Development through Arts at the University of Iowa.

Video instructions will be available after the event for those who are unable to attend, but would like to make the projects.

April 26, 2021
Grant Wood Fellow Talk: Johnathan Payne
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (CDT)

Johnathan Payne: Chronicles of A Queer Abstractionist of Color in the 21st Century

Working across drawing, painting, fibers, and installation, Payne´s work engages traditional and alternative modes of object and image production. His abstractions occupy a space of radical formalism where methodology, experimentation, and craft converge. Payne´s art practice oscillates between-and derives influence from-painting, sculpture, 2D design, and textile arts. Craft-affirming art movements such as Pattern and Decoration, as well as the schools of Bauhaus and Black Mountain College, also underpin Payne´s approach to artmaking. In this lecture, Payne will discuss his art practice in detail, sharing his insights on Queer Formalism, the relationship between Fine Art and Craft, and what it means to be an Abstractionist of Color in the 21st Century.

Join us on Zoom:  https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/91633466459

Johnathan Payne (he/him) is a Queer, African American visual artist currently living and working in Montgomery, AL. He obtained a BA in art from Rhodes College in 2012 and received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 2018. In 2018 Payne completed museum leadership training programs at The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH) and The Studio Museum (Harlem, NY). While at Yale, Payne co-curated exhibitions centering marginal identities and their art practices, including Publishing Camp: Queering Dissemination (2017), Queering Space at Yale (2016), and Black Joy (2016). His work has been recently shown at SPRING/BREAK Art Show and Jenkins Johnson Projects (both in New York, NY), the CMPLX (Memphis, TN), and Diane Rosenstein Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). Payne is featured in New American Paintings (MFA Annual #135) and has been published in Observer, Vice, and The New Yorker.  

Payne has served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Memphis, TN, worked as a Wurtele Gallery Teacher at the Yale University Art Gallery, and taught as an adjunct instructor at the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at the University of Bridgeport. He received the Gloucester Residency Prize in summer 2017 and was a spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence at Crosstown Arts (Memphis, TN). In addition to being named a Grant Wood Fellow, Payne is the inaugural recipient of the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency (Columbus, OH), which he will begin in summer 2021.

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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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