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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
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 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 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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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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