Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Obermann Graduate Institute

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March 3-4, 2016


Thursday, March 3

Obermann Center Library

12:00-1:00 – Doing engagement from a staff position

A lunch conversation at the Obermann Center, by invitation.

Iowa City Public Library, “A”

3:00-4:15 – Roundtable on K12 and Engagement

  • Ted Gutsche, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Florida International University
  • Heather Wacha (PhD candidate in History)
  • Janice Byrd (PhD candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision)
  • Michael Overholt (PhD candidate in Classics)
  • Khirin Carter (Women’s Resource & Action Center)

Moderator: Carolyn Colvin, College of Education

4:20-5:30 – Valuing Community Partners in Publicly Engaged Scholarship

In this interactive session hosted by members of the Obermann Working Group focused on the Scholarship of Public Engagement, we explore the multiple roles of community partners in publicly engaged scholarship. Research addresses how universities benefit from the trend to utilize community-oriented and participatory research approaches, and regularly fails to account for the invaluable contributions of community partners. There is general consensus that successful community-university collaborations require hard work and are frequently messy. At the center of our session will be the voices of our community partners who join us in discussing publicly engaged collaborations.

Participating Obermann Working Group Members:

  • Carolyn Colvin, College of Education
  • Sandra Daack-Hirsch, College of Nursing
  • Lia Plakans, College of Education
  • Ann Ricketts, Assistant Vice President for Research
  • Linda Snetselaar, College of Public Health
  • Trish Zebrowski, Department of Communication

5:30 – Reception and conversation to follow


Friday, March 4

Morning events are at FILM SCENE

8:45-9:00 Introductions

  • Teresa Mangum, Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
  • John Keller, Dean of the Graduate College

9:00–10:30 – “Got a Minute?: Being Out of Time, Out of Tune, and Out of Bounds in Higher Education”

Adam Bush, Provost, College Unbound

Adam Bush will focus on the founding of College Unbound, where he is Provost, in conversation with his graduate work in American Studies and the evolution of Imagining America’s PAGE program. He will contextualize the arc of the Publicly Engaged Career within the realities of the present moment in Higher Education and possibilities of (re)envisioning new models of mentorship, pedagogy, and collective action within (and without) institutions.

Moderator: Dave Gould, Obermann Public Scholar

10:45-11:45 – Telling Engagement Stories

A workshop on the hows and whys of communicating your engagement work to your colleagues and the public. Led by:

  • Ted Gutsche, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Florida International University
  • Craig Eley, ACLS Fellow

Afternoon events are in the Iowa City Public Library, Room “A”

11:45-12:00 – Pick up lunch Meeting Room “A”, Iowa City Public Library – by registration only

12:00–1:20 Crossing Boundaries

Roundtable discussion featuring:

  • Kate Kedley (PhD candidate in Language, Literacy, and Culture)
  • Hector Efren Flores (Poet and Activist in Honduras)
  • Tala Al-rousan (Lown Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health)
  • Jeannette Gabriel (PhD candidate in Teaching & Learning and graduate assistant in the Iowa Women’s Archives developing the Jewish Women in Iowa Project)

Moderator: Barbara Eckstein, English

1:45-3:00 – Un-ghosting Self and Space: Three art tactics in conversation

A workshop led by:

  • Jessica Anthony (Dance, University of Iowa)
  • Erica Damman (PhD Candidate, Environmental Humanities)
  • Jen Shook (PhD Candidate, English)

Interlocutor: Jennifer Kayle, Dance

3:15-4:30 –Writing as Civic Engagement

A roundtable discussion featuring:

  • Lenore DeBok Maybaum (English, Kirkwood Community College)
  • Kate Kauper (Education Department Chair, Cornell College)
  • Bridget Draxler (English, Monmouth College)

Moderator: Teresa Mangum, Obermann Center and Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies

Evening Events at the Old Capitol Museum

5:00-6:30 – “Participatory History: Museums and Public Engagement” & Film Screening

Jennifer Scott, Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Scott will discuss two nationally significant historic sites dedicated to public engagement: Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York, and Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, which she directs.

Representing socially marginalized communities, these unconventional museums use their histories of activism, social reform, and movement-building to address present-day social justice issues. Scott explores how their histories transform and are transformed by communities.

Introductions:  Daniel Reed, Vice President for the Office of Research and Economic Development

6:30-8:00 – Appetizer reception, Old Capitol