girlThe Obermann Center welcomes the opportunity to support events that further our mission—promoting research and creative work, facilitating publicly engaged art and scholarship, and building intellectual community. University of Iowa faculty members may request small, discretionary grants to fund opportunities such as visiting speakers and conferences.

The Obermann Center supported more than 30 events this year, including visiting scholars’ talks, student-led conferences, and performances by faculty. A few highlighted events and guests that we shepherded in 2017–18:

“I was deeply impressed by your whole approach to this topic of signage. You inspired amazing results from all participants and created one of the most original and informative symposia I have ever attended.”  —James Wines, environmental designer and keynote speaker


  • April 28, 2018 —Representation Matters”: A keynote address by Hannah Beachler, production designer for Black Panther; her talk—part of Iowa City’s Flyover Festfocused on representation in media, film, and culture. 


Complete list of co-sponsored events in 2017–18: