German Iowa and the Global Midwest is a series of linked events exploring Iowa’s multicultural history through the largest group of European origin to settle in the state.
The events will shine light on present-day issues, including:
- Pro- and anti-immigration sentiment
- The value and challenges of bilingualism
- The hurdles and rewards of multiculturalism
- Questions of belonging and exclusion in times of international and domestic conflict
The primary events of 2016–17 are:
- German Iowa — An exhibit with the University of Iowa’s Mobile Museum. April–October 2016.
- German Iowa from Town to Town, Humanities Iowa Workshop — A public history workshop for historians, teachers, and enthusiasts across Iowa. September 24, 2016.
- German Iowa and the Global Midwest, Obermann Humanities Symposium — A three-day scholarly event featuring keynote speakers and panels. October 6–8, 2016.
- Doing Global History Locally, International Programs Working Conference — A discussion-based exploration of pedagogical approaches in German history for Midwestern educators and scholars. October 29–30, 2016.
- German Iowa and the Global Midwest — An exhibition at the Old Capitol Museum. September 8, 2016–January 8, 2017.
- German Iowa from Town to Town — A traveling exhibition accompanied by programming in communities across the state. March–August 2017.