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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

April 21, 2021
Moderated Conversation with Cathy Park Hong
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (CDT)

Poet, writer, professor, and Iowa Writer´s Workshop alumna Cathy Park Hong will engage in a moderated conversation with members of the University of Iowa focused on her book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (2020).

This event will follow a series of reading roundtables and will be the keynote address for this year´s UI Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. A Q&A will follow for the audience to engage with Cathy Park Hong.

April 21, 2021
College to Nonprofit Career Panel
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (CDT)

Join nonprofit professionals in a variety of leadership positions as they discuss career paths and how interns and new graduates can set themselves apart when seeking positions in the nonprofit sector. The event will feature a Q&A period.

This networking series is hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Collegiate Chapter at Iowa, which is a student organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students. AFPCC is sponsored by the UI Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy.

Kristin Roberts joined United Way of East Central Iowa in 2020 after spending the previous 15 years of her career in nonprofit fundraising and communications. She serves as President and CEO where she works with the community, on all levels, to bring together their caring power of the community to invest in the effective solutions that improve people´s lives. Prior to joining United Way, Kristin was the Director of Communications and Planned Giving at Mercy Medical Center Foundation. Kristin graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in Communication Arts and recently completed her master´s degree at Mt. Mercy University in Strategic Leadership. She is a Leadership for Five Season graduate and was honored as a CBJ Forty Under 40 recipient.

Christine Doucet (BA Journalism and Mass Communication ´00) joined the Ace Foundation team in 2012 to manage and grow all retailer fundraising initiatives related to Ace´s two national charitable partners, Children´s Miracle Network Hospitals and the American Red Cross. Since then she has held various roles in the Foundation and currently serves as the Director, overseeing all corporate, vendor and retailer fundraising as well as the Ace Helpful Fund, Ace´s employee emergency assistance fund. In 2019, Christine also took on Employee Engagement for Ace and is leading the engagement strategy for the organization as well as the annual engagement survey. Prior to joining Ace, Christine worked at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare on both the PR and Foundation teams, managing all events for the health system and serving as a media spokesperson. Christine holds a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa.

Michelle Cole joined CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank in 2019 as the Director of External Relations where she oversees the Development, Marketing, Communications and Advocacy efforts. Prior to joining CommUnity, Michelle was the Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Horizons, A Family Service Alliance where she oversaw Human Resources, Client Services, Marketing, Development and Volunteer Coordination. Michelle began her nonprofit career at Mercy Medical Center in 2006 as the Grants Coordinator and soon became the Race Director for the Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer. Michelle received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and after working in the field for several years, she went back to UNI to earn a master´s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development. Michelle is also a Certified Nonprofit Professional from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

April 22, 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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

April 27, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Faith Ringgold
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Join us online via Instagram Live as we #MuseumFromHome

Have you heard about slow looking? Every Tuesday we invite you to slow down and spend time looking closely at a work in the museum´s collection. Then, at 7:00 pm central time, join your fellow lookers, Stanley Museum of Art director Lauren Lessing, and film critic Uri Lessing to discuss your observations on Instagram Live.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach 2They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. April 30 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

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727

April 28, 2021
Working Our Way to a Seat at the Table | Life After College Series
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Life after college brings unexpected challenges-and the answers aren´t always a Google search away. Join us for fun conversation and practical takeaways on living your best #lifeaftercollege.

The Life After College Series concludes this semester with a discussion on growth and advancement for recent graduates seeking promotions or wanting to make an impact in their professional or volunteer roles. Panelists Katriece Ray (15BA), Harrison Wheeler (09BFA), and Heidi Zahner-Younts (97BA 19MA) will share their successes and setbacks, lessons learned, and helpful advice during this virtual event.

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April 29, 2021
Hawkeyes Give Back: Combating Climate Change
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CDT)

At the University of Iowa, alumni and friends have built a culture of philanthropy that we call Hawkeyes Give Back. This represents a desire to contribute to campus and the world through time, talent, treasure, and ties.

Through research, education, and advocacy, Hawkeyes are responding to a growing environmental crisis. Attend this virtual event to hear how UI professors Gregory Carmichael and Jerald Schnoor are giving back to combat climate change.

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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.

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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).

May 5, 2021
Chat From the Old Cap: College of Pharmacy
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Join Susan C. Winckler (92BSPH) as she discusses her role as the CEO of the Reagan-Udall foundation of the Food and Drug Administration, the non-profit organization created by Congress to advance the mission of the FDA. She will also discuss her experience as a pharmacy student at the University of Iowa and the opportunities made available to her because of her studies at Iowa.  

A pharmacist and attorney by training, Winckler has also served as President of Leavitt Partners Solutions, a healthcare strategy firm, as CEO of the Food & Drug Law Institute, and also worked for more than a decade at the American Pharmacists Association.

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Thomas R. Temple (77MS), director of strategic communications at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, will host this 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.

May 7, 2021
Chat From the Old Cap: National Nurses Week
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (CDT)

Join University of Iowa College of Nursing Kelting Dean and Professor Julie Zerwic, as well as University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Chief Nursing Executive Kim Hunter and Associate Chief Nurse Executive Emily K. Ward (14MBA) as they discuss and celebrate the role of nurses in health care during National Nurses Week. They will also talk about the unique partnership between the college and hospital, and their nationally recognized response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

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