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Iowa City’s first Archives Crawl will highlight history and artifacts

Hosted by the Obermann Center, Saturday’s crawl will draw the eye to hidden gems and tease the center’s upcoming symposium Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence and Social Justice, starting March 1. […]

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UI symposium Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence and Social Justice draws top scholars

Human memory is a tricky thing. It’s all too brief: How well can you recall your grandmother’s voice? Did your best friend in elementary school have green eyes or blue? It’s fickle, too: Your high school locker combination may be etched in stone while your ATM card PIN continually eludes you. And it’s notoriously unreliable: studies have shown that even the clearest memories formed during high-stress events are often flat out incorrect, and that each time you bring an old memory to the surface, you risk smudging it as you refile it again. […]

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Putting hashtag activism at the center of the conversation

With the almost daily revelations about well-known men who have sexually harassed (and worse) women, it can be hard to get a larger perspective on what The New York Times has called “The #MeToo Moment, ” named for the Twitter hashtag people have been using to share their experiences with harassment. Gaining perspective on the moment will be the subject of a panel discussion at the Iowa City Public Library on Monday. […]

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‘Shakespeare Behind Bars’ kicked off the Obermann Center’s weekend reentry conference

On Thursday, the Obermann Center kicked off a weekend of workshops regarding education in prisons with a screening of the documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars. The conference is entitled “The Role of Transformative Education for Successful Reentry” and brings together experts who are working with prison populations to create a more humane and effective system. […]

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‘Starving the Beast:’ Film, discussion event asks whether public universities should be businesses or a public good

Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities Englert Theatre — Monday, Oct. 17 A free screening and discussion of the film Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities at the Englert Theatre tonight will look at the political and economic issues facing America’s public universities […]

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