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Imagining America’s 2021 National Gathering

October 21-22, 2021

This event will feature IA programs and research collectives as well as artists, scholars, organizers, and other local and national leaders who are reimagining and redesigning the ways we shape and are shaped by water. 

Campus Compact National Webinar Series

2021-2022

Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to tune to each session for information, tools, and resources to help you in your work.

WORKSHOP: Equity and Accessibility in Community Engaged Courses during COVID-19 and Beyond

October 5, 2021. 11AM -12PM

A panel discussion on how to navigate community engaged teaching, research, and projects while respecting the needs of students, faculty, staff, and community partners during theCOVID-19 pandemic. 

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Arts Share

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Paul S. Briggs, 2021 McBride Fellow in Ceramics - Lecture

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:00pm
Visual Arts Building
Dr. Paul Briggs was born in Beacon, NY and he grew up in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York.   He is presently an Associate Professor of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Director of the historic Saturday Studios Program. He completed his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University, his MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and his MA at Alfred University. He researches art making as mindful practice, visual culture and representation in the classroom, and the place…

GrantWood Art Colony

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Hold the Line: 2019-2021 Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition

Friday, September 24, 2021 8:00am
Art Building West
The Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition returns to campus for the first time since 2015. Hold the Line, featuring the work of five current and former fellows, is on display September 10 through October 2, 2021. Hold the Line showcases the diverse formal and conceptual interests of each fellow’s individual practice, while also defining a through line between them. The artworks on view center themes around queerness, self-actualization, race relations, rupture, potentiality, Afro-/futurism, and utopia…
Hold the Line: 2019-2021 Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition promotional image

Hold the Line: 2019-2021 Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition

Monday, September 27, 2021 8:00am
Art Building West
The Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition returns to campus for the first time since 2015. Hold the Line, featuring the work of five current and former fellows, is on display September 10 through October 2, 2021. Hold the Line showcases the diverse formal and conceptual interests of each fellow’s individual practice, while also defining a through line between them. The artworks on view center themes around queerness, self-actualization, race relations, rupture, potentiality, Afro-/futurism, and utopia…
Hold the Line: 2019-2021 Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition promotional image

Hold the Line: 2019-2021 Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 8:00am
Art Building West
The Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition returns to campus for the first time since 2015. Hold the Line, featuring the work of five current and former fellows, is on display September 10 through October 2, 2021. Hold the Line showcases the diverse formal and conceptual interests of each fellow’s individual practice, while also defining a through line between them. The artworks on view center themes around queerness, self-actualization, race relations, rupture, potentiality, Afro-/futurism, and utopia…
Hold the Line: 2019-2021 Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition promotional image

Hold the Line: 2019-2021 Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 8:00am
Art Building West
The Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition returns to campus for the first time since 2015. Hold the Line, featuring the work of five current and former fellows, is on display September 10 through October 2, 2021. Hold the Line showcases the diverse formal and conceptual interests of each fellow’s individual practice, while also defining a through line between them. The artworks on view center themes around queerness, self-actualization, race relations, rupture, potentiality, Afro-/futurism, and utopia…
Hold the Line: 2019-2021 Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition promotional image

Hold the Line: 2019-2021 Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition

Thursday, September 30, 2021 8:00am
Art Building West
The Grant Wood Fellows Exhibition returns to campus for the first time since 2015. Hold the Line, featuring the work of five current and former fellows, is on display September 10 through October 2, 2021. Hold the Line showcases the diverse formal and conceptual interests of each fellow’s individual practice, while also defining a through line between them. The artworks on view center themes around queerness, self-actualization, race relations, rupture, potentiality, Afro-/futurism, and utopia…

Community Events

Iowa City Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 25, 2021 7:30am to 12:00pm
The Iowa City Farmers Market is managed by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. It is an open-air market held in the Chauncey Swan parking ramp, Chauncey Swan Park, and on E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City from May through October. They strive to serve culturally and economically diverse populations by providing access to fresh, locally produced products.
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Tree Talk & Tour at the Sciences Library

Friday, October 1, 2021 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Sciences Library
Join Arborist Andy Dahl for a tree talk and tour at the Sciences Library! This program will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021. The tree talk will begin at 2:00 PM on the 3rd floor of the Sciences Library. There will be a short break at 2:45 PM for light refreshments. The walking tour of campus trees will begin at 3:00 PM at the Sciences Library. This program is free and open to the public. The Sciences Library is located at 120 Iowa Ave.  Tree Talk & Tour at the Sciences Library 120 Iowa…

Iowa City Farmer's Market

Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:30am to 12:00pm
The Iowa City Farmers Market is managed by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. It is an open-air market held in the Chauncey Swan parking ramp, Chauncey Swan Park, and on E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City from May through October. They strive to serve culturally and economically diverse populations by providing access to fresh, locally produced products.
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Working the Humanities: Humanities Graduate Students Share Their Internship Experiences

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 4:00pm
Virtual
While internships are an established part of professional and science graduate programs, they have been a less common opportunity for humanities graduate students. Now, departments and universities are realizing the many benefits for encouraging humanities graduate students to participate in workplace learning. These experiences provide students with a chance to apply their skills, ranging from archival research to critical analysis, to workplaces outside of the academy. Internships bolster…
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Plastic Waste: Impacts and Ideas

Thursday, October 7, 2021 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Virtual
Free talk on plastic waste in Johnson County will be held online Oct. 7 Plastic waste is found in the depths of the oceans, on the world’s highest peaks and everywhere in between. People throughout Johnson County are invited to attend an online panel discussion on “Plastic Waste: Impacts and Ideas” that will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. Pre-registration is required at tiny.cc/plasticJC Area waste and sustainability experts will discuss environmental impacts, how and where…

Iowa City Farmer's Market

Saturday, October 9, 2021 7:30am to 12:00pm
The Iowa City Farmers Market is managed by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. It is an open-air market held in the Chauncey Swan parking ramp, Chauncey Swan Park, and on E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City from May through October. They strive to serve culturally and economically diverse populations by providing access to fresh, locally produced products.
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"The Biggest Little Farm" Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Join the Office of Sustainability and Field to Family in a screening of the 2018 documentary "The Biggest Little Farm" on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. A screening of the film will start at 7:00 pm, and a Q and A panel discussion with members of Field to Family, a group of local food coordinators, will follow the screening.  This event will be in the Big Ten Theater at the IMU. Details about the theater:  https://imu.uiowa.edu/event-services/meetings/big-ten-theater/ About the film: A couple…

Previous Workshops & Events

Looking In, Zooming Out: Community-Engaged Learning in the Big Picture

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

2:30 - 4:00p, virtual event via Zoom

In partnership with Iowa Campus Compact

Join us for an interactive workshop for anyone teaching a community-engaged course who is curious about how to introduce interdisciplinary, systems-level thinking, and/or local-global connections into their course design, assignments, and activities.  Participants will try on and explore a range of ideas and strategies, including:

  • How thinking about how toast is made can be a useful introduction to design-thinking practices and social innovation.

  • How to strategically use the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals to scaffold and contextualize conversations about local community partnerships and the purpose community-engaged learning more broadly.

  • How their own disciplinary orientation and approach might inform their understanding of local and global "wicked problems".

See recording of event here.

 


Making an Impact: A Student's Perspective on Community Engagement.
Thursday, March 18th, 2021
3:00-4:00PM  - Virtual event Via Zoom
Live Student Panel

 

Are you a student enrolled in a community engaged course or interested in starting a project with a community partner? Are you interested in learning what you can expect, from students who have already successfully completed a community engagement project? This workshop will explore the nuts and bolts of working with community partners from a student’s perspective. A panel discussion of students will explore the challenges and opportunities of community engagement and highlight examples of successful projects and partnerships. Join us for a discussion and learn more about how you can make an impact in your community.


Engaged Faculty Institute
January 8th - 25th, 2021 
Virtual Institute, Asynchronous + Live Zoom
In partnership with Iowa Campus Compact

 

Whether you are new to teaching community-engaged learning courses, or are a community-engagement expert, this Institute provides opportunities for everyone to learn best practices for community engaged teaching and learning. Traditionally offered in-person every spring semester, this year the Institute will be offered both over winter break and in the spring semester through an online, asynchronous format, followed by a synchronous Zoom workshop. The Institute will cover all aspects of teaching a community-engaged course, including:

  • Foundations and critical commitments to community engagement
  • Planning and Facilitation
  • Partnerships and Engagement
  • Learning Outcomes and Reflection
  • Assessment and Evaluation

Defining and Sustaining Community Partnerships
Thursday, November 12th, 2020
3 - 4 pm, virtual meeting via Zoom

 

Community engagement best practices encourage the development of sustained, long-term relationships and partnerships between campus and community. This workshop will explore how faculty and staff build community partnerships through service-learning and engaged research. A panel discussion of faculty, staff and community partners will explore the challenges and opportunities of community engaged teaching and research and provide tips on how to build successful, sustained partnerships.

See recording of event here.

 


Community Engagement for Inclusion and Justice
Thursday, October 15th, 2020
12 - 2 pm, virtual meeting via Zoom

 

hosted by the Office of Community Engagement in partnership with Campus Compact. Emily Shields, Executive Director of Iowa/Minnesota Campus Compact, will be co-hosting this event and will be referring to a few texts throughout the training:

See recording of event here.

 

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"Writers Unmuffled" hosted by Michaeljulius, a Virtual Student Reading
Thursday, April 29th, 2021
6:30 pm, virtual webinar via Zoom

 

UI Arts Share, a program in the Office of Community Engagement, is presenting a virtual student Reading, Writers Unmuffled, Thursday, April 29th 6:30 p.m. During this Zoom event, five University of Iowa graduate student writers from a variety of genres (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, and translation), will each give a five to eight minute reading and will field questions from the Zoom audience. Come join us as these writers allow their imagination to unmask for an evening of thought provoking readings!

 

See recording of this event here.

 


UI Percussion Arts Share Community Concert
Saturday, February 27th, 2021
3:00 pm, virtual via LiveStream

 

Iowa Percussion and the Iowa Steel Band will present a concert titled “All You Need is Love.” Originally a Valentine’s Day Concert, the program was rescheduled because of the late start of the Spring semester due to COVID.

 


"Writers Unmuffled" hosted by Michaeljulius, a Virtual Student Reading
Thursday, February 25th, 2021
7:00 pm, virtual webinar via Zoom

 

UI Arts Share, a program in the Office of Community Engagement, is presenting a virtual student Reading, Writers Unmuffled, Thursday, Feb. 25th 7:00 p.m. During this Zoom event, five University of Iowa graduate student writers from a variety of genres (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, and translation), will each give a five to eight minute reading and will field questions from the Zoom audience. Come join us as these writers allow their imagination to unmask for an evening of thought provoking readings!

 

See a recording of this event here.

 


Fellow Talk Margarita BlushFeb, Grant Wood Art Colony
Monday, February 22th, 2021
7:30-8:30 pm, virtual via Zoom

 

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

Hosted by the Stanley Museum of Art

https://grantwood.uiowa.edu/event/63036


Writers Unmuffled, a Virtual Student Reading
Thursday, November 19th, 2020
6 - 7 pm, virtual webinar via Zoom

 

UI Arts Share, a program in the Office of Community Engagement, is presenting a virtual student Reading, Writers Unmuffled, Thursday, Nov. 19th 6:00-7:00 p.m. During this Zoom event, six University of Iowa graduate student writers from a variety of genres (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, and translation), will each give a five to eight minute reading and will field questions from the Zoom audience. Come join us as these writers allow their imagination to unmask for an evening of thought provoking readings!

See a recording of this event here.