• Individual consultations for researchers looking to start or further develop a project
  • Collaboration across campus, in the community, statewide and nationally
  • Public programs that highlight the work of researchers, as well as issues and developments in contemporary digital practice
  • Training through workshops and classroom visits
  • Support for public programs
    (e.g. sponsorship for  visiting researchers, presentations, etc.)
  • Public information and public relations support

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    Research Questions in
    the Humanities

    • Are comparative research methodologies adequate to accommodate the sheer volume of information available to contemporary humanities researchers?
    • How can quantitative empirical data be used to formulate a qualitative analysis of cultural datasets?
    • Are analytical philosophical methods relevant to new modes of understanding?
    • How can we reframe contemporary issues in an artistic light to gain more meaningful insight?
    • What effects come from an artist labeling/defining their artistic work?
    • What are strategies involved when inducing empathy through art?
    • How is technology both expanding and limiting human interaction?
    • What are the impact of specific technologies on culture and behavior?
    • What trends can we identify in historical manuscripts using technology?
    • Is the idea of permanence in art obsolete in the digital age?
    • How relevant are traditional ideas of craft and materiality to a digital art practice?
    • The primary medium of digital art is computer code. Can truly original digital art be made by an artist who do not know code?
    • Who owns public art?
    • Is the accuracy of the assessment of a piece of art based on what the artist intends or what the audience experiences?
    • Is public art important because it enhances a location or because it questions it?
    • How can we construct complex, multi-faceted perspectives on contemporary issues through engaging contributors of diverse backgrounds and experiences?
    • What resources and knowledge exist in communities outside of the academy that can inform our understanding of history?
    • What does it mean to publish?
    • How does the digital component of public art contribute to access and interpretation of the work?
    • What kind of technological tools can be developed to best facilitate interactive public art?
    • Are mobile games more effective than data-entry apps in encouraging individuals to add their knowledge to a public history archive?
    • What different modes of interactive data visualization of a text corpus will engage different audiences who vary in expertise and interest?
    • STUDIO TALKS Lightning Round Edition

      visualizingwarfareWhat do Roman war video games, early Whitman fiction, ancient coins, and Jesus have to do with one another?

      They are all the subjects of research of graduate students at the University of Iowa who will be participating in the final Studio Talk of the semester, a lightning-round style event in which seven students will present their work in rapid succession, followed by a single Q&A discussion.

      Support their passions and projects and learn about exciting topics. Feel free to bring a lunch and join us one more time in Group Area D of the Learning Commons, Main Library, from 12:30-1:30pm.

    • This Weekend: Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium

      “Seizing on the recent academic movement toward publicly engaged scholarship and a growing interest within the University of Iowa in our state’s prison system, Incarcerated in Iowa brings together professionals, volunteers, scholars, and students for a day of lectures and discussions linking the University community with the carceral community. The goal of this event is to create, develop, and reinforce the wide array of connections between these not-so-disparate communities. Participants range from seasoned prison volunteers, to scholars working within the justice system, to former inmate-students. Incarcerated in Iowa provides a meeting ground for all prison-related projects at the University, at whatever stage they may be—whether a long-established prison choir or the first stirrings of a research idea.

      Through a daylong series of lectures, presentations, and break-out discussion sessions, we will explore Iowa prison-community partnerships in their current state and collaboratively design a roadmap for the future of these current and potential relationships.

      Events will include:Symposium_poster_w

      • Opening remarks invoking public engagement by University of Iowa Professor Carolyn Colvin
      • Lecture from Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections John Baldwin
      • Presentations about an assortment of different prison-related University projects, including information on prison libraries, memory projects, and prison-related coursework by University faculty
      • Brainstorming sessions about possible future projects, with guiding help from the day’s presenters and lecturers

      This event is free and open to the public. For information about parking, accessibility, and other location information, see the University Capitol Centre page. To learn more about the Incarcerated in Iowa conference, including up-to-the-minute updates about speakers and projects, visit the Incarcerated in Iowa Schedule or our Facebook page. You may also direct questions to incarceratediniowa@gmail.com.”


    • Blaine Greteman on the History of “Humanities-in-Crisis”

      This week, UI professor of English and Studio Talks alumnus Blaine Greteman was published in the New Republic with an article about the long history of the supposed decline of the humanities humorously entitled, “It’s the End of the Humanities as We Know It, and I Feel Fine.” In it, he talks about his own digital humanities project, Shake-o-sphere, for which he is mining data from thousands of records to create a visualization of the social networks of the Bard and his contemporaries.