This year, 20 UI faculty members spent an energetic weekend with workshop leaders from the Op Ed Project, learning to share their research with diverse public audiences. One of our goals was to feature the voices of women and scholars of color more prominently in the public sphere.
The Op Ed Project workshop was a collaboration with the UI’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Chief Diversity Office, the Office of Strategic Communications, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Participants have already published their work in venues across the country, and they keep on coming. A few early examples include the following:
- Keisha N. Blain (History, CLAS), “Black Women’s Votes Matter,” Huffington Post
- Elizabeth Heineman (History, CLAS), “When Holocaust Memory Misfires,” Tikkun
- Teresa Mangum (Obermann Center and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, CLAS), “Humanities Research and the Human Condition,” Iowa Now
- Sherry K. Watt (Education Policy and Leadership Studies, College of Education), “Treating Racism Like We Treat Cancer,” On Being, and “Brave Spaces: A Necessary Feature,” Iowa City Press-Citizen
- Jessica Welburn (Sociology, CLAS) with Louise Seamster, “How a Racist System Has Poisoned the Water in Flint, Mich.,” The Root, and “On Playing Pokeman While Black,” Iowa City Press-Citizen
- Patricia Zebrowski (Communication Sciences & Disorders, CLAS), “The High Cost of Stuttering,” The ASHA Leader