The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will continue its Book Matters series, launched in fall 2022, with three additional events this spring, including a reception to recognize faculty authors who have recently published books.
“We are excited to continue celebrating and highlighting the important works produced by faculty across our campus,” said Kristy Nabhan-Warren, associate vice president for research. “Book Matters is aimed at elevating faculty authors and helping them to share their work with a wider range of readers.”
The series is part of a broader effort spearheaded by the OVPR to support and celebrate writing across the disciplines and help position the institution as the university where faculty write for a broader audience and think deeply about scholarship for the public good.
If you are a faculty member with a recently published or forthcoming book and wish to participate in future Book Matters events, please complete this form.
Book Matters at the Stanley: Scholars in Conversation
Please join us for an interdisciplinary conversation featuring three University of Iowa community-engaged
scholars who have recently published co-authored, collaborative works. A Q&A will follow the remarks.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stanley Museum of Art, 160 W. Burlington St., Iowa City
- Mary Cohen, associate professor of music education, Music Making in U.S. Prisons (co-authored by Stuart P. Duncan).
- Samantha Zuhlke, assistant professor in the School of Planning and Public Affairs, The Profits of Distrust: Citizen-Consumers, Drinking Water, and the Crisis of Confidence in American Government (co-authored by Manuel P. Teodoro and David Switzer)
- Stephen Warren, professor of history, Replanting Cultures: Community Engaged Scholarship in Indian Country (co-authored by Chief Ben Barnes of the Shawnee Tribe)
This event is co-hosted by the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art.
Faculty Author Celebration
Join us for a celebration of faculty authors who have published books during 2022 and spring 2023. If you are a faculty member who published a book, please complete this form or contact Casey Westlake.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Old Capitol Museum, 1 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
UI President Barbara Wilson will give remarks at 5 p.m., followed by short readings by two early-career faculty
who have recently published books:
- E. Cram, assistant professor of communication studies and gender, women’s & sexuality studies, and author of Violent Inheritance: Sexuality, Land, and Energy in Making the North American West (University of California Press, 2022)
- Beth Livingston, Ralph L. Sheets Associate Professor of Industrial Relations in the Tippie College of Business, and author of Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial Equality at Work (Harvard, Fall 2022)
Tara Bynum at Prairie Lights
Join us for a reading and discussion, co-sponsored by Prairie Lights, to celebrate Tara Bynum's book, Reading Pleasures. Bynum is assistant professor in the UI Departments of English and African American Studies and a scholar of early African American literary histories before 1800.
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
In the early United States, a Black person committed an act of resistance simply by reading and writing. Yet
we overlook that these activities also brought pleasure. Tara A. Bynum tells the compelling stories of four early American writers who expressed feeling good despite living while enslaved or only nominally free. The poet Phillis Wheatley delights in writing letters to a friend. Ministers John Marrant and James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw memorialize their love for God. David Walker’s pamphlets ask Black Americans to claim their victory over slavery. Together, their writings reflect the joyous, if messy, humanity inside each of them.
After the reading, Bynum will be joined by Ashley Howard, assistant professor in the UI Department of History, for a conversation and Q&A with the audience.
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 to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Revaux in advance at 319-335-2131.