Oct
1
Thu
Virtual Thursday Forum: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic @ Coe College
Oct 1 all-day

A century ago, the world faced a global health crisis that in many ways parallels the present-day challenges we face during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This Thursday Forum offers historical perspective and insights on the current public health crisis by providing an overview of the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, which erupted amidst the already-significant suffering and destruction of World War I.  This two-session forum will begin with an overview of the origins, diffusion, mitigation, and impacts of the 1918 influenza outbreak. We will look into how the disease developed and spread, examining the pandemic from a global perspective. The presentation will consider the medical understanding of the disease and attempts to counter it, as well as the social and cultural factors that determined its evolution and treatment. The second forum will examine how the outbreak played out in Cedar Rapids, comparing and contrasting the experience of students at Coe and townspeople in the area. Through use of historical archival and newspaper sources, we will recreate the situation in eastern Iowa and evaluate the impact that the war, gender, and class had on healthcare and survival.  This examination will be tied together with a look into the life and legend of Helen Roberts, the only Coe student to die in the epidemic and who is now alleged to haunt Voorhees Hall.

The virtual event will be found at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/coeadmin/

Oct
2
Fri
Zoom: English Class for Foreign Born Adults @ Coralville Public Library
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Free English language class for foreign born adults. Friday & Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:00 am on Zoom.  Please email ehampe@coralville.org for information on how to join.  All are welcome.
Oct
3
Sat
Stanley Reads Book Club @ Online (registration required)
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stanley Reads puts the museum’s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Stanley Reads is led by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC’s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi’s first novel.

Register for Stanley Reads:  https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz.

Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.

September 19

  • “Effia” (pp. 1–26)
  • “Esi” (pp.27–48)

October 3

  • “Quey” (pp. 49–86)
  • “James” (pp. 87–109)

October 17

  • “Kojo” (pp. 110–131)
  • “Abena” (pp. 132–152)

October 31 (Led by Derek Nnuro)

  • “H” (pp. 155–175)
  • “Akua” (pp. 176–197)

November 14

  • “Willie” (pp. 198–220)
  • “Yaw” (pp. 221–241)

December 5

  • “Sonny” (pp. 242–262)
  • “Marjorie” (pp. 263–282)
  • “Marcus” (pp. 283–299)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Oct
4
Sun
Move It! Dig It! Do It! Drive Thru Truck Zoo @ Coral Ridge Mall
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Drive through our “Truck Zoo” in the Coral Ridge Mall parking lot to check out emergency vehicles, semi trucks, cool cars, and even a hot air balloon! Along the way, we’ll provide fun handouts and activities that you can complete right in your car.
Move it! Dig it! Do it! has always been a special day at The Iowa Children’s Museum, and we’re excited to bring it back (with a few new twists) in 2020. While the event will look a bit different from previous years, this new format also offers new ways for kids to learn, play, and discover!
Admission is FREE for all drive-thru outdoor activities. Admission inside The Iowa Children’s Museum will still require purchasing tickets online to maintain our “new ways of playing.” Visit theicm.org/tickets to learn more.
Presented By:
City of Coralville
Coral Ridge Mall
GreenState Credit Union
Oct
7
Wed
Zoom: English Class for Foreign Born Adults @ Coralville Public Library
Oct 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Free English language class for foreign born adults. Friday & Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:00 am on Zoom.  Please email ehampe@coralville.org for information on how to join.  All are welcome.
Oct
8
Thu
Virtual Thursday Forum: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic @ Coe College
Oct 8 all-day

A century ago, the world faced a global health crisis that in many ways parallels the present-day challenges we face during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This Thursday Forum offers historical perspective and insights on the current public health crisis by providing an overview of the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, which erupted amidst the already-significant suffering and destruction of World War I.  This two-session forum will begin with an overview of the origins, diffusion, mitigation, and impacts of the 1918 influenza outbreak. We will look into how the disease developed and spread, examining the pandemic from a global perspective. The presentation will consider the medical understanding of the disease and attempts to counter it, as well as the social and cultural factors that determined its evolution and treatment. The second forum will examine how the outbreak played out in Cedar Rapids, comparing and contrasting the experience of students at Coe and townspeople in the area. Through use of historical archival and newspaper sources, we will recreate the situation in eastern Iowa and evaluate the impact that the war, gender, and class had on healthcare and survival.  This examination will be tied together with a look into the life and legend of Helen Roberts, the only Coe student to die in the epidemic and who is now alleged to haunt Voorhees Hall.

The virtual event will be found at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/coeadmin/

Oct
9
Fri
Zoom: English Class for Foreign Born Adults @ Coralville Public Library
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Free English language class for foreign born adults. Friday & Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:00 am on Zoom.  Please email ehampe@coralville.org for information on how to join.  All are welcome.
Oct
10
Sat
Hauntings of the Midwest: Not for the Faint of Heart @ Facebook Live and YouTube
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for this virtual presentation by Chad Lewis, researcher, author, and lecturer on the paranormal. For 25 years he has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual, this time focusing on the Midwest. If you can’t make it on the 10th, don’t worry—it will be made available to stream later!

Find this program on the Coralville Public Library’s Facebook Live and YouTube accounts starting October 10.

Saturdays at the Stanley: Artists, Travelers, & Immigrants @ Online via Zoom
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Brady Plunger, associate curator of education, for a discussion about artists who were also immigrants (like Hans Hofman and Lil Picard). We’ll explore how the movement of people and ideas into, out of, and around the US created new possibilities for artists during the first half of the twentieth century.

Join us on Zoomhttps://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96932650776

Saturdays at the Stanley brings the museum’s collection to you in a casual, fun, and interactive atmosphere. Each event has a theme – game day, frenemies, cats – that looks at our artwork from a different perspective. Curators lead visitors through a selection of works, share stories about the artists and subject matter, and open the discussion up to the audience. We invite visitors of all ages to participate in these conversations and get (re)acquainted with our collection as we look forward to the opening of our new building!

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Drive In Dive In: The Big Picture @ Levitt Center for University Advancement, parking lot 55
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Drive in to a special Dive In with the Stanley presentation on Saturday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m. CDT!

You can sit in your car and watch UI Stanley Museum of Art Director Lauren Lessing on the big screen—in Lot 55 of the Levitt Center for University Advancement—as she discusses “big pictures” from the museum’s collection with Brady Plunger, associate curator of education at the UI Stanley Museum of Art. We are delighted to partner with the Summer of the Arts of Iowa City on this exciting event. Please arrive early to park your car.

Lauren and Brady will be discussing the big picture. When Jackson Pollock painted his world-famous Mural in 1943, he was feeding a popular appetite for big pictures that began in the United States with the WPA murals of the 1930s and continued into the 1950s, when CinemaScope gave movies monumental scale.  Throughout this period, African Americans were largely excluded from the big business of big picture-making, but by 1970, innovative Black artists like Sam Gilliam and Gordon Parks had made a space for themselves in the mainstream and changed the language of painting and film.

Register to join us

Prior to becoming director of the UI Stanley Museum of Art in July 2018, Lessing gained many years of experience working in art museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine.

A native Midwesterner, Lessing has curated exhibitions and authored many books, articles, and catalogue essays on various topics in American art. Over the past two years, she has shaped an ambitious vision for the UI Stanley Museum of Art, which includes a new mission to transform lives by connecting the University of Iowa community, Iowans, and the world with extraordinary works of art.

Brady Plunger is an Associate Curator of Education at the UI Stanley Museum of Art. He holds degrees in art history from the University of Texas at Austin and Tulane University, and has worked in education and outreach at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), The Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, TX), and The Museum of Fine Arts—Houston. In his work he has always valued the opportunity to connect museums to their communities through dynamic, responsive programming that cultivates “ah ha” moments and deep connections to works of art. Outside of work Plunger is a coffee shop enthusiast and Netflix addict.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.