UIowa President Bruce Harreld has named UIowa Professor and Director of The Obermann Center, Teresa Mangum, to the Humanities Iowa Board of Directors. A Professor in the Departments of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies and English and Affiliate Faculty with the Public Policy Center, Mangum was appointed as Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies in 2010. She is the author of Married, Middle-brow, and Militant: Sarah Grand and the New Woman Novel (1998); editor of A Cultural History of Women: Volume 5: The Age of Empire, 1800–1920 (Berg 2013); and guest editor of special i
Humanities Iowa seeks nominations for members to serve on its Board of Directors. The nomination process is open and nominations will be received on a rolling basis. Those persons interested in serving are welcome to nominate themselves. Nominees must be residents of Iowa. Nominations will be reviewed by the Board’s Nominations Committee. Directors serve a 3-year term with possible re-nomination for a second 3-year term. We are seeking qualified candidates from all walks of life who demonstrate a commitment to the humanities in public life.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country. These grants will enable the production of a 90-minute documentary on singer and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson, support a Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition on Rockwell’s Four Freedoms series, and bolster the digital infrastructure of the Walt Whitman Archive to allow greater access to this online scholarly repository.
Beginning in February, HI will send David Plowden's photographic exhibition called A Sense of Place to the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska. The Homestead Monument commemorates passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres of federally owned land in exchange for five years of residence and the cultivation and improvement of the property.
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HI has received major private foundation support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils to promote public discourse and open debate about what it means to be an informed citizen in our democracy. This initiative seeks to deepen the public's knowledge and apprecation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism and the environment. HI received a $29,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in 2017, and this grant continues work on that same initiative, striving to bring the humanities from the academy to main street.