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Documenting COVID-19: Two Calls for Stories

Sheltering the Storm: Processing COVID-19

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) is initiating a one-time, small grant program to support individuals who are interested in developing shareable responses to the pandemic, responses that also can be archived for the future.

This RFP seeks proposals from individual faculty, or very small groups of appropriately socially distanced faculty, interested in building a creative response to the pandemic. CEAH aims to help the Iowa State community find ways to document this moment.

See our Find Funding page for details.

COVID-19 Stories

ISU Special Collections and University Archives invite you to help capture and preserve our communities’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. ISU students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members throughout Iowa and the Midwest are invited to share their experiences and thoughts during this unprecedented time. Materials submitted will be gathered into a collection and made available to the public as a contribution to the historical record of these events. See their website for details.

Questions can be directed to

May 12th, 2020|Announcements, News|

CEAH Announces Spring 2020 Research Grant Awards


The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the following awards for Research Grants. Thank you for the many applications we received this semester. Special thanks to the CEAH Advisory Board for their thoughtful input and reviews.

Sarah Dees (Philosophy and Religious Studies), The Materialization of Native American Religions Sarah Dees will complete necessary research and revisions for her first book, The Materialization of Native American Religions: The Smithsonian Institution, Settler Colonialism, and the Study of Indigenous Lifeways. This CEAH award will allow Dees to devote her summer to archival research, analysis of new primary sources, writing, and revisions for her manuscript.

April Eisman (Art and Visual Culture), Angela Hampel: A Retrospective Exhibition April Eisman will receive a course release from CEAH to enable her to spend ten months in Germany working as the co-curator of a major retrospective exhibition on Angela Hampel, one of socialist East Germany’s most important artists. The exhibition, which will open at the Städtische Galerie in Dresden in June 2021, and its accompanying scholarly catalog offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Eisman to engage physically with Hampel’s artwork and to help shape her public reception in Germany, where she is best known for neoexpressive paintings of strong women from the Bible and mythology and her strong defense of gender equality in art.

Firat Erdim (Architecture), The Kite Choir The Kite Choir is a practice that builds on traditions of singing kites from China, Japan, Vietnam, and Bermuda. In these traditions, a sound-making instrument is carried aloft by a kite, as the ‘voice-box’ of an assemblage animated by the wind. Support from CEAH will help Firat Erdim continue his Kite Choir research, build four new instruments and create sound and video recordings of collaborative performances from multiple locations.

Christopher Hopkins (Music and Theatre), Labyrinthine Dream-Fugues: a composition for microtonal pipe organ Dr. Christopher Hopkins will create a large-scale musical composition for the Fokker Organ to be premiered in the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw. Dr. Hopkins will model the organ’s unique capabilities in software, assisting both the conceptualization and aesthetic decision processes in composing, and then use the same model to finalize the composition on-site with the organ in its real acoustical environment with the collaborating organist.

Raluca Iancu (Art and Visual Culture), Mokuhanga in Japan Raluca Iancu will research and develop Japanese non-toxic printmaking techniques. She will conduct research in Tokyo, within the archives of the Printing Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Tolman Collection and participate in two highly selective juried invitational artist residencies: the Mokuhanga Innovation Lab (Mi-Lab) Lake Kawaguchi Artist-in-Residence Program and the Studio Kura Artist in Residence Program.

Kimberly Moss (Art and Visual Culture), Kimberly Moss endeavors to draw the public into a unique visual story of a little-known snow-colored butterfly as a bioindicator of climate change—a butterfly that is obscure, but also found worldwide and is connected to diverse peoples and locations, reflecting the very nature and character of experiencing climate change. She will create artwork for an installation and solo exhibition to be held next August at The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles MO.

Amy Rutenberg (History), A State Approaching Collapse: U.S. Army Responses to Draft and Military Counseling during the Vietnam War Amy Rutenberg’s research examines the link between citizenship and military service in the United States, especially in the years since World War II. This project will investigate how the military, especially the Army, reacted to a wave of resistance to military service that crested during the second half of the Vietnam War.

April 1st, 2020|Announcements, News|

CEAH welcomes Ray Young Bear as the Benson lecturer –CANCELLED–

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to reschedule it soon!

This year’s Donald R. Benson Memorial Lecture features poet and author, Ray Young Bear. Young Bear was raised and still resides on the Meskwaki (Red Earth People) settlement in central Iowa. His books of poetry include Manifestation Wolverine: The Collected Poetry of Ray Young Bear, The Rock Island Hiking Club, The Invisible Musician, Winter of the Salamander: The Keeper of Importance andWaiting to be Fed.
Young Bear has received numerous honors and awards, including a 2016 American Book Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an honorary doctorate in letters from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He has taught creative writing and Native American literature at The Institute of American Indian Art, Eastern Washington University, Meskwaki Elementary School, the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

Join us:
Monday, March 23, 2020
5:10 p.m.
Curtiss Hall auditorium, 0127

CEAH Interdisciplinary Series presents: Dr. Grant Arndt –CANCELLED–

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to reschedule it soon!

CEAH will host its third interdisciplinary seminar next month. Dr. Grant Arndt, associate professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies presents The Indian News: The Social Life of Indigenous Media Activism in Twentieth Century Wisconsin.

In the years between 1915 and 1954, four members of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin developed an innovative form of indigenous media activism: they wrote weekly “Indian News” columns in local white-run newspapers published in towns near their homes. Their columns gave voice to Ho-Chunk frustrations and outrage over the discrimination and poverty they faced in American society and yet became popular with non-Indian readers. This talk examines the unique and previously all-but-forgotten collection of over 1,400 articles they wrote, uncovering connections between these writers and their readers that shaped the social life—and death—of the “Indian News” as a unique cultural form.

Join us:
Friday, April 3, 2020
3:10-4:00 p.m.
302 Catt Hall

March 13th, 2020|Events, News|
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