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Iowa Humanities Festival 2013:

Collecting, Collections and Collectors

Salisbury House in Des Moines
Saturday, March 9
9:00am - 6:00pm



Jim Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, joins scholars, museum directors, librarians, and personal collectors from across the state for the first Iowa Humanities Festival. Collectors, Collections, and Collecting, is a daylong series of library tours, panel discussions, informal presentations, and conversations. Created by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University at Iowa, hosted by the Salisbury House Foundation at Salisbury House & Gardens, and generously supported by Humanities Iowa, the Iowa Humanities Festival showcases the value of Iowa's colleges, universities, and cultural institutions.


Tickets are available on the Salisbury House website. The $10.00 admission fee covers a light lunch and closing reception. ISU faculty interested in attending should contact Sandra Norvell to discuss transportation options.



Event Details


9:00 am to 10:00 am: Registration and Check-In

10:00 am to 11:00 am: Opening Panel 
          J. Eric Smith, Executive Director of Salisbury House Foundation
          Cyndi Pederson, Deputy Director of Salisbury House Foundation
          Gregory Prickman, Head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa

11:15 am to 12:15 pm: First Breakout Sessions
          History: James Lee, Grinnell College
          Art: Glenn Penny, University of Iowa
          Literature:  Eric Gidal, University of Iowa

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm: Lunch (Boxed lunches included in ticket price
          Jim Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for Humanities

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm: Second Breakout Sessions
          History: Jim Elmborg, University of Iowa
          Art: Robert Bork, University of Iowa
          Literature: Blaine Gretteman, University of Iowa

2:15 pm to 2:30 pm: Coffee Break

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Third Breakout Sessions
          History: Kim Marra, University of Iowa
          Art: Matt Brown, University of Iowa
          Literature: Melisa Klimaszewski, Drake University    

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm: Collecting and the Arts - Museum Panel
          Dr. Sean O'Harrow, Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art
          Leslie Wright, Director of the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College
          Jeff Fleming, Director of the Des Moines Art Center
          Dr. Wallace Tomasini, University of Iowa

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Reception

For biographical information on the speakers and descriptions of their presentations, please visit this link for the 2013 Iowa Humanities Festival.



Sponsors of this event include: The University of Iowa's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Office of the Vice President for Research at The University of Iowa, University of Iowa Libraries, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Drake University's Center for Humanities, Grinnell College's Center for Humanities and Faulconer Gallery, the Des Moines Art Center and the Des Moines Public Library.