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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.

Spanish and Portuguese professor wins NEH award

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
A professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese has won a book publishing award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award means a book by Luis Martín-Estudillo, titled The Rise of Euroskepticism: Europe & Its Critics in Spanish Culture, will be turned into a free e-book.

Writing in Spanish elevates academia

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
By bringing another language into an academic system that privileges English, programs such as those at the University of Iowa provide alternative and radical frameworks that challenge a historically white academy’s assumptions about writing—how it should be taught, who belongs in the U.S. graduate classroom, and why we write.

3 University of Iowa graduates named finalists for 2020 National Book Awards

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Books by German poet Anja Kampmann and Colombian novelist Pilar Quintana were honored in the translated literature category, and a forthcoming collection of essays by Jerald Walker was selected in nonfiction.

Oxford University Press to publish Leslie Margolin's latest book

Friday, September 18, 2020
University of Iowa Professor Leslie Margolin's new book, The Etherized Wife: Privilege and Power in Sex Therapy Discourse, will be published Dec.18 by Oxford University Press.

Durham named interim director of renowned UI Nonfiction Writing Program

Thursday, August 27, 2020
The Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa welcomes writer, scholar, and distinguished professor Meenakshi Gigi Durham to the program as interim director. Durham holds a joint appointment at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication and in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies.