December  2018
News & Achievements 
U.S. / Mexico Border in Context
Dec. 6 pop-up Obermann Conversation provides context to current events

Several University of Iowa faculty members will help us to understand current events in the Borderlands during a pop-up Obermann Conversation at the Iowa City Public Library, Thursday, Dec. 6, 4:00-5:00 pm. Speakers include  Lina-Maria Murillo (History and GWSS), Rene Rocha (Political Science), and Kristy Nabhan-Warren (Religious Studies and GWSS). 
Philosophy Scholar and Mental Health Advocate
Tammy Nyden, Digital Bridges-Obermann Fellow, develops mental health storytelling project 

Following her son's diagnosis with a mood disorder, Tammy Nyden began searching for resources and support for children and families affected by mental health issues. Finding none, she started a statewide organization. Since then, she has brought her training as a philosopher to bear on this widespread but often silent issue. 

"I used to ask myself, 'What should I do as a scholar? What should I do as an activist?'" says the Grinnell College faculty member. "I still have to ask myself these questions for practical reasons, such as, 'Which hat am I wearing when I apply for this grant?' But in terms of the actual work,  this distinction is less important to me . It's all the same work."
2019 Obermann Graduate Fellows Announced
Fifteen students representing 14 departments and three colleges will participate in the Obermann Graduate Institute the week of January 7. The students will learn about definitions, theory, and the current landscape of public engagement, including publicly engaged teaching and research, from faculty leaders Teresa Mangum (Obermann Center, GWSS, and English), Rachel Williams (University Ombuds, GWSS, and Art & Art History), Carolyn Colvin (Teaching & Learning and Language, Literacy, & Culture), Jennifer Kayle (Dance), and Steve Warren (History and American Studies). They will be assisted by Obermann Senior Fellow Lisa Covington (Interdisciplinary PhD) and Jennifer New (Obermann Center).
Interdisciplinary Research Grants 
Summer 2019 awardees announced

Five groups have been awarded Obermann Interdisciplinary Research grants to work on projects at the Center next summer. One of Obermann's longest running programs, these grants  foster collaborative scholarship and creative work by offering pairs or trios time and space to exchange new ideas leading to invention, creation, and publication. Past recipients have produced major grant proposals, a medical app, a book translation, theatre productions, and journal articles. Congratulations to the following groups!
  • Achoques: Mike Gibisser, Cinematic Arts, and Mary Helena Clark, School of Art, The Cooper Union
  • Doing Things Together: Ensemble Dance Improvisation for Collective Action: Jennifer Kayle, Dance, and Ali Hasan, Philosophy
  • Improving Listening Skills in Dementia Care: Equipping the Listeners of People with Dementia with Effective Communication Strategies: Kaitlin Cannava, Communication Studies; Howard Butcher, Nursing; and Lisa Segre, Nursing (with consultant Elizabeth Parks, Colorado State University)
  • The Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Spoken Word Recognition in School-Aged Children: Kristi Hendrickson, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Stephanie De Anda, Special Education & Clinical Services, University of Oregon
  • Teachers of Color in Iowa: An Exploration of Race-Related Stress, Job Satisfaction, & Quality of Life: Ain Grooms, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies; Ebonee Johnson, Rehabilitation & Counselor Education; and 
    Duhita Mahatmya, College of Education
Imagine PhD
UI part of consortium to support career exploration

The University of Iowa is one of more than 80 members of the Graduate Career Consortium, representing 56 academic institutions and professional organizations. Together, the consortium has developed ImaginePhD, a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Visitors to the site can:
  • assess their career-related skills, interests, and values
  • explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines
  • create self-defined goals
  • map out next steps for career and professional development success
As the Humanities for the Public Good program at the UI develops, the Obermann Center looks forward to working with the UI Graduate College on the ImaginePhd initiative and similar opportunities.