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The Program Era Project: Limning the depths of the Iowa Writers' Workshop's literary influence

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Loren Glass, professor and chair of the university's Department of English, has teamed up with doctoral candidate Nicholas M. Kelly and digital humanities librarian Nichole White to create the Program Era Project, which tracks the aesthetic and cultural influence of the Iowa Writers' Workshop since its founding in 1936.

7 writers with Iowa ties earn prestigious literary honors

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has honored five University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates and a former visiting faculty member with its 2021 awards in literature, while another workshop alumna was elected to membership in the elite group.

Power moves: Chuy Renteria on dance, language and growing up Mexican-American in small-town Iowa

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Hancher Auditorium's public engagement coordinator, Chuy Renteria, talks about being a dancer, an artist, and an author. In his upcoming book, We Heard It When We Were Young: Tales of Growing Up Mexican American in Small Town Iowa, Renteria writes about growing up in West Liberty, Iowa. The book is forthcoming from University of Iowa Press.

UI joins IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Alliance in support of threatened and displaced scholars

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
The University of Iowa has joined the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Alliance, a global network of partners offering practical support to scholars threatened by war and persecution.

An Author Replies To The Unspeakable In Her 'Elegy' For Lynching Victim Mary Turner

Monday, March 22, 2021
A March 7 story about the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer whose May 2020 killing of George Floyd ignited a nationwide racial reckoning, shows why Rachel Marie-Crane Williams' new book is so essential right now. Williams is an assistant professor in the School of Art and Art History and Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies.

Oprah Announces New Book Club Picks: The Gilead Novels by Marilynne Robinson

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Oprah Winfrey announced the selection of Marilynne Robinson’s four acclaimed “Gilead” novels for her next book club selection. Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for “Gilead,” the first of her books set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa. She followed with “Home,” “Lila” and “Jack.” Robinson was a faculty member in the acclaimed Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the UI Department of English for...

The Daily Iowan Named 2021 Newspaper of the Year in Iowa

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
For the second consecutive year, The Daily Iowan was named the Iowa Newspaper Association’s (INA) 2021 Newspaper of the Year, the INA announced Feb. 11.

Professor of History Colin Gordon awarded NEH Fellowship

Monday, January 25, 2021
Colin Gordon, the F. Wendell Miller Professor of History at the University of Iowa, has received the nation's most prestigious award for humanities scholarship, a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship. Gordon's fellowship will support research for his upcoming monograph, tentatively titled Dividing the City: Race-Restrictive Covenants and the Architecture of Segregation. The...

In Memory of Marvin Bell (1937-2020)

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Marvin Bell—the first Poet Laureate of Iowa, a National Book Award Finalist, and professor of literature—died peacefully at his home in Iowa City, Iowa, on December 14, 2020. He was 83.

Rachel Williams' book, 'Run Home If You Don't Want to be Killed,' publishes in March

Monday, November 30, 2020
University of Iowa Associate Professor Rachel Marie-Crane Williams' book, Run Home If You Don't Want to be Killed, will be available in March 2021 through The University of North Carolina Press.