Obermann Conversations

Invisible Neighbors: Latinx Immigrants in Iowa City | An Obermann Conversation

Every week, new arrivals come to our area from Mexico and Central America. Many come with few possessions and only the thinnest personal network. These largely invisible newcomers to our community...

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Igniting Change One Wall at a Time | An Obermann Conversation

When two large figures took shape on Burlington Street in Iowa City last summer, passersby had to contend with messages that went beyond the colorful, playful images of other downtown murals....

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Ukraine and Russia: Deciphering the Current Situation | An Obermann Conversation

As the news cycle continues to focus on tensions at the Ukraine-Russia border, we've reached out to three people who know the region well to help us better understand current events and what...

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Reproductive Justice: An Obermann Conversation

In the fight surrounding Roe v. Wade, it's easy to lose sight of the many other ways that access to reproductive healthcare can be limited or denied. Two Obermann scholars, Lina-Maria Murillo...

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Economic Development as Social Justice: An Obermann Conversation

This summer, a new Story Map of Black-owned businesses in Johnson County was created. It connects users to a rich and ever-growing directory of businesses and entrepreneurs in the eastern Iowa...

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Why Anne Frank Still Matters: An Obermann Conversation

For several generations, Anne Frank has been a household name—the WWII diarist whose posthumously published book has been translated into more than 70 languages. But do younger generations know...

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What Is Critical Race Theory? Perspectives from Business, Law & Sociology | An Obermann Conversation

On July 1, 2021, Iowa House File 802 became law. Though the Act does not specifically mention “Critical Race Theory,” CRT was cited in discussions of the Act, and the Act restricts when and where...

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Trans Health & Medical Care: Where We Are, Where We Came From: An Obermann Conversation

Surfacing in the mid-twentieth century yet shrouded in social stigma, transgender medicine is now a rapidly growing medical field. In this virtual Obermann Conversation, UI alum and Michigan State...

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Neighborhood NESTS: Building community-education partnerships

As it became clear last summer that the 2019-20 school year would include various kinds of online learning and other interruptions to schooling as usual, a group of community leaders joined forces...

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Native Lands: Belonging and Reclaiming. An Obermann Conversation

Shelley Buffalo and Carrie Schuettpelz share their experiences as indigenous women who have thought hard about issues of belonging. Together, they'll consider what it means to belong to a...

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