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Doodles, scribbles and goldleaf: Flipping through the University of Iowa’s medieval book collection

When one imagines a book from the Middle Ages, they likely picture a hefty religious tome, calligraphed by quill-clutching monks and featuring the kind of gilded, illustrated initials that inspired that one episode of Spongebob. But old books don’t have […]

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Why we love the Middle Ages — and still have things to learn from them

An enormous forest extends for thousands of miles in every direction, with rivers that the traveler — whether pilgrim or trader — must cross on foot, leading a tired horse. The tracks of bears and wolves are often seen. Elk […]

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University of Iowa Labor Center, slated for closure in 2019, celebrates 70 years

The University of Iowa Labor Center will celebrate 70 years of empowering workers in the Hawkeye State this Saturday, May 7. Surviving the threat of closure and a pandemic, the Labor Center continues to play a vital role in tackling […]

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How UI grad Liz Crokin became one of QAnon’s biggest influencers

Content warning: This article contains references to sexual assault, child abuse and racism. “QAnon Congresswoman” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was red-pilled (that is, fell down the rabbit hole of far-right online conspiracy theories) back in 2017. “I first heard about […]

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Coast Guard to honor Hawkeye football great Emlen Tunnell for his bravery in WWII

Emlen Tunnell made history on the football field — first as a Hawkeye, then in the NFL — and continued do so after his playing days ended in 1961. In 1965, he became the first Black assistant coach in the […]

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Two houses represent a forgotten period of segregation in Iowa City, University of Iowa history

The houses at 942 Iowa Ave and 914 S Dubuque St in Iowa City may seem nondescript — just another couple of old, off-campus rental properties for college students — save for the rust-brown metal signs out front. These signs, funded by a grant from the National Park Service, detail the background of the Iowa Federation Home and Tate Arms house, which have had quiet but important roles in the history of Iowa City and the University of Iowa. […]

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Meet the University of Iowa’s first female drum majors, leaders and entertainers during WWII

When UI drum major Analisa Iole stepped onto the Kinnick Stadium football field this past fall, she was celebrated as the Hawkeye Marching Band’s first female major since WWII. But who were Iole’s predecessors, the women who served as leaders in the community while U.S. service members (including Nile Kinnick) were overseas? […]

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