The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

The UI’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies serves the research mission of the University of Iowa. The Center is a convening space dedicated to debate and discovery. Its grants for University of Iowa artists and researchers support imaginative collaborations and multi-disciplinary exploration. Its programming connects scholars across campus and engages the larger public in the ambitious, illuminating, and transformative work of the artists and scholars it serves.

The purpose of the annual Obermann Humanities Symposium is to explore an important humanities topic that highlights UI scholars and scholarship and includes both UI and visiting participants. Recent symposia have explored the role of the humanities in understanding and communicating the new age known as the Anthropocene, celebrating and forming a cohesive vision for the study of Latinos in the Midwest, and an examination of Don Quixote as one of literature’s most famous exemplars of parody and plagiarism.

Campus Activities Board

The UI’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) provides a wide range of entertainment activities for students every week throughout the year, including special events and cultural activities.

School of Social Work

The University of Iowa School of Social Work‘s mission is to develop, disseminate, and integrate excellent and compelling research-based knowledge, practice, and policy particularly as related to children, families, and older adults. Operating from strengths-based and systems perspectives, we educate our graduates to be culturally competent scholars and practitioners committed to social justice and social work values and ethics, prepared to serve in and have a positive impact on a broad range of family-centered and community-based practice settings throughout the state of Iowa and beyond.

The Ida Beam Visiting Professorships Program

The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program was established in 1978-79 with the income from a bequest to the University by the late Ida Cordelia Beam of Vinton. Past visits by distinguished teachers and scholars from the United States and abroad greatly enrich our instructional and research programs. The Ida Cordelia Beam visiting professorships are a source of intellectual stimulation for students and faculty, and provide an opportunity to bring new perspectives in knowledge and teaching to our campus.

University of Iowa co-sponsors of our symposium’s Ida Beam guests: Department of English, Department of History, Department of American Studies, School of Music, Department of Philosophy, Center for Disabilities & Development, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

UI Students for Disability Advocacy and Awareness

Members of UI Students for Disability Advocacy and Awareness advocate for a supportive and inclusive environment for students with disabilities on campus and in the university community. The group is dedicated to the following goals: 1) raising disability awareness on campus, 2) providing a safe outlet for students with disabilities via monthly meetings, 3) reaching out to the community to foster relationships among members with disabilities, and 4) working progressively to provide students with disabilities the platform for success.


We’re grateful to the Iowa City Public Library and MERGE for providing event space and support.