At the Obermann Center, we’re in the privileged position of seeing projects through stages from the earliest ambitions to exploratory conversations to what I have come to see as “snapshot” moments—an initial presentation at the Obermann Fellows biweekly seminar, a reimagined syllabus, that first grant application, a sudden meeting of minds at a campus-community conversation, the eureka moment when collaborators connect, the instant students in our graduate institute recognize kindred spirits.
Obermann offers the impetus and the resources for people from across campus to come together to explore and create.
During the 2016–17 academic year, a core group of University of Iowa faculty and graduate students worked to map cultural exchanges across Eurasia from roughly 400 CE ca. 1450 CE, by focusing on the development, distribution, and sharing of manuscript technologies.
This year’s Obermann Humanities Symposium explored Iowa’s multicultural history through the largest group of European origin to settle in the state, with a slate of public lectures, exhibits, performances, & conferences.
From book projects to major grant proposals, our Fellows-in-Residence were busy!
The Obermann Center is an active partner in this grant, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant supports collaboration between the two institutions with a special emphasis on creative teaching with technology.
Paul Dilley, Sarah Bond, and 12 visiting scholars converged to explore and visualize ancient texts in new ways.
Brazilian carnival, network analytics, cochlear implants, and Big Ten diversity programs were all underway at Obermann in Summer 2016.