Hancher Auditorium Executive Director Chuck Swanson stands in the new auditorium. The grand opening will take place Sept. 9.

RAGBRAI stop Spencer is Hancher executive director’s hometown

Executive Director of Hancher Auditorium Chuck Swanson hails from Spencer, Iowa, the first overnight stop on the 2017 RAGBRAI route. Swanson shares not only his but the University of Iowa’s connection to the town, including a permanent mural in Hancher that Spencer middle school students worked on.
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Former US Poet Laureate reflects on his writing and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Juan Felipe Herrera says the Workshop was one of three main phases of his life
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera says his time at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop was a pivotal bridge between his writing as a young activist in the Chicano Movement and his writing as a poet laureate.

Iowa City Press-Citizen Hans Breder, artist, founder of UI’s Intermedia program, dies at 81

Professor emeritus Hans Breder passed away Sunday at age 81. Breder founded the internationally renowned and highly influential Intermedia program in the UI’s School of Art and Art History in 1968; Breder directed Intermedia from its establishment until his retirement in 2000 and remained a prolific artist throughout his life.

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NSF grant helps UI Museum of Natural History upgrade important ornithology collection

Students get hands-on experience with museum collections management
Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is upgrading the storage of its ornithology collection, which features more than 31,000 bird, nest, and egg specimens. Meanwhile, students are getting valuable experience in museum collections management.
Mural in Sioux City

UI Museum of Art reaches Iowans by operating outside the box

Through outreach and lending programs, UIMA has found a way to thrive after being displaced by 2008 flood
The University of Iowa Museum of Art has been without a building since the flood of 2008. However, as officials await a new structure, the museum staff has kept UIMA relevant through outreach and lending works of art to other museums, bringing its collection to Iowa and the world.
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Beatles aficionados on UI faculty reflect on 50 years of ‘Sgt. Pepper’

Parsons, McLeod use landmark album in their cultural teachings
Fifty years ago, the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which many consider the greatest rock and roll album. UI faculty members Donna Parsons and Kembrew McLeod discuss the landmark work, one they both use in their courses.