Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities



Saturday, April 12 · 9:00 AM - 6:15 PM

Salisbury House and Gardens, Des Moines

The Iowa Humanities Festival welcomes Iowans to explore significant themes through the lens of the academic and public humanities. Presenters from Iowa colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and archives as well as the venues highlight rich tradition of the humanities in Iowa.

Two faculty members from Iowa State will be presenting: John Warne Monroe, Associate Professor of History and Neil Nakadate, Professor (Emeritus) of English. For a complete list and more information about the presenters, click here.

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

Event Details

9:00 am to 9:45 am: Registration and Check-In - The Great Hall

9:45 am to 10:00 am: Welcome - The Great Hall

10:00 am to 11:00 am: First Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout 1: Ellen Hoobler, Art History, Cornell: "The Imagery of Progressive Politics from Mexico to Iowa: The Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse Mural"
    Art Track - Common Room

  • Breakout 2: Mary Trachsel, Rhetoric, Iowa: "Home Sweet Biorne: Rustic and Academic Environmental Education in Iowa"
    History Track, Historic Garage

  • Breakout 3: Elizabeth Robertson, English, Drake: "Reading the Landscape: On Finding Willa Cather in Sri Lanka"
    Literature Track, Indian Room

  • Guided Tour 1: Sign-Up Required

11:00 am to 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am to 12:15 pm: Second Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout 4: Adriana Méndez Rodenas, Spanish and Portuguese, Iowa: "Mythologies of Return: Homeland and Diaspora in Ana Mendieta's Rupestrian Sculptures"
    Art Track - Common Room

  • Breakout 5: Karen Leroux, History, Drake: "Embracing Nature While Resisting Culture: U.S. Teachers 'at Home' in Late 19th Century Argentina"
    History Track, Historic Garage

  • Breakout 6: Hai-Dang Phan, English, Grinnell: "The Secret Life of Phan Nhien Hao, or, Translation and Transnation in the Midwest"
    Literature Track, Indian Room

  • Guided Tour 2: Sign-Up Required

12:15 pm to 12:45 pm: Pick Up Box Lunches- The Great Hall

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm: Lunch Speakers

  • Lunch Speaker 1: Janice Gross, French and Arabic, Grinnell: "Iowa, Islam and Algeria: Bridging the Local and the Global in Small-Town Iowa"
    Art Track, Common Room

  • Lunch Speaker 2: Philip Lutgendort, Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Iowa: "Chia Why? The Making of the Indian 'National Drink'"
    Art Track, Common Room

1:15 pm to 11:15 pm: Break

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Third Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout 7: Stephen Sturgeon, Libraries, Iowa: "Alexander von Humboldt and the Founding of Dubuque's Iowa Institute of Science and Arts"
    Art Track - Common Room

  • Breakout 8: Megan Stout Sibbel, Curator and Historian, Salisbury House: "Pencils, Blackboards, and Crucifixes: Northern Nuns and Southern African American Schools"
    History Track, Historic Garage

  • Breakout 9: Neil Nakadate, English, Iowa State: "Looking after Minidoka - Memoirs of a Japanese-American Family"
    Literature Track, Indian Room

  • Guided Tour 3: Sign-Up Required

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm: Third Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout 10: John Monroe, History, Iowa State: "Of Art and Others: The Transcultural Journey of an African Mask"
    Art Track - Common Room

  • Breakout 11: Ralph Savarese, English, Grinnell: "Neurocosmopolitanism: Poetic Potential in Autism"
    History Track, Historic Garage

  • Breakout 12: Christine Shea, Julia Oliver-Rajan, Judith Liskin-Gasparro, Mercedes Niño-Murcia, Paula Kempchinsky, Spanish and Portuguese, English, Iowa State: "Yo soy iowense / I am an Iowan: Being Bilingual in the 21st Century"
    Literature Track, Indian Room

  • Guided Tour 4: Sign-Up Required

Des Moines Art Center

3:45 pm to 4:15 pm: Break/Travel to Art Center

4:15 pm to 5:15 pm: Plenary/Keynote Panel: Jeff Fleming, Des Moines Art Center, Catherine Hale, University of Iowa Museum of Art, others TBD.

5:15 pm to 6:15 pm: Closing Reception

For biographical information on the speakers and descriptions of their presentations, please visit this link for the 2014 Iowa Humanities Festival.

Sponsors of this event include: The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities at Iowa State University, 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.

Planning Committee: Barbara Ching (Iowa State University), Jeff Fleming (Des Moines Art Center), Shuchi Kapila (Grinnell College), Teresa Mangum (University of Iowa), Craig Owens (Drake University), Eric Smith (Salisbury House and Gardens). This event is a collaboration of Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Des Moines Art Museum, Salisbury House and Gardens.