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Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities


Donald Benson Memorial Lecture

Monday, 30 Mar 2015 at 7:00 pm
Sun Room, Memorial Union

The Arc of Memory:
Building a Progressive
Historic Preservation Movement

Max Page

Max Page, Professor of Architecture and History, and Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will discuss how the historic preservation movement contributes to building more sustainable, meaningful, and fair communities. More infomation



2015 CEAH Fellow in the Arts and Humanities

"Roundtable Discussion on Interdisciplinary Research"

April 2, 2015
Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall
5:30 pm gathering, 6 pm presentation and roundtable discussion

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Matthew Wynn Sivils, English

Knowledge rarely confines itself to disciplinary boundaries. Humanities scholars increasingly find it productive to engage in studies that ignore the borders of convention, finding that they must become conversant in areas of inquiry removed from their formal expertise. To help foster a conversation on this subject, Professor Sivils, a former wildlife biologist who is now an associate professor of literature at Iowa State University, will hold an informal roundtable discussion for those interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research in the humanities.

The CEAH Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities distinguishes a well-established ISU scholar who has recently completed a major scholarly project. Fellows present their research to the ISU community in public lectures and a short series of colloquia and forums. Sivils will offer a series of four events during the spring semester of 2015. more infomation



The 2015 Iowa Humanities Festival


The Elusive Prairie


April 10-11, 2015
Pappajohn Center, Des Moines Art Center, and Salisbury House
Des Moines
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The 2015 Iowa Humanities Festival (IHF) will take place April 10-11, beginning with a Friday evening program-reception at the Pappajohn Center in Des Moines, then continue with Saturday research presentations at the Salisbury House and the Des Moines Art Center. Participants from ISU include Matthew Wynn Sivils and James Pritchard.

This year's theme, The Elusive Prairie, will include presentations exploring the prairie from perspectives in the arts, cinema, history, languages, linguistics, literature, performance, philosophy, and comparative religion.

See IHF website