Obermann Conversations

Obermann Conversations bring Obermann scholars into informal dialogue with both a public partner and an audience from all walks of life. This year, we took the show on the road and hosted Obermann Conversations at the Iowa City Public Library, the Johnson County Senior Center, and MidWestOne Bank. Audiences ranged from undergraduate students to retired community members and represented a wonderful mix of interests. Thank you to our co-sponsor of this series, Little Village.

2015–16 Obermann Conversations

Participant-Consumers in the Marketplace of Ideas
Melissa Tully (Journalism & Mass Communication, CLAS) and Matthew Steele (Little Village)
September 29, 2105 at the Obermann Center

The Costs of Success: Rap Music, Money, and Civics
Michael Hill (English and African American Studies, CLAS) and Andre Perry (The Englert Theatre)
November 16, 2015 at the Iowa City Public Library

How Housing Impacts the Health of a Community
Sally Scott (Housing Trust of Johnson County), Barbara Baquero (UI College of Public Health), and Maryann Dennis (Housing Fellowship)
February 16, 2016 at MidWestOne Bank

Creativity for a Lifetime
David Gould (Obermann Public Scholar), Anita Jung (Art & Art History, CLAS), Matt Gilchrist (Rhetoric, CLAS), and Louie de Grazia (Senior Center volunteer)
March 9, 2016 at the Johnson County Senior Center

Doing Global History Locally: German Iowa and the Global Midwest
Glenn Penny (History, CLAS) and Marlin Ingalls (Office of the State Archaeologist)
April 14, 2016 at the Obermann Center Library