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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|

#WomenKnowStuffToo: A Celebration of Women’s Expertise in the Arts

#WomenKnowStuffToo: A Celebration of Women’s Expertise in the Arts
March 2 to April 3, 2020

University Museums, the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, and the College of Design are celebrating Women’s History month with programming and events that will be anchored by the reACT art exhibition #WomenKnowStuffToo. The exhibition highlights women artists, their impact on the arts, and expertise as makers.

The #WomenKnowStuffToo reACT Exhibition was guest curated by Dr. Emily Morgan, College of Design, and Dr. Ruxandra Looft, Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity. Community engagement was organized by Jennifer Drinkwater, College of Design. The reACT exhibition series is coordinated by Lilah Anderson, Educator for Visual Literacy and Learning, University Museums. Additional partnerships with University Library, Ames Public Library, Reliable Street and the Des Moines Art Center.

Visit University Museums for scheduling details.

February 24th, 2020|Events, News|

CEAH Interdisciplinary Series presents: Dr. April Eisman

As part of the The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Interdisciplinary Series, Dr. April Eisman, associate professor, Art and Visual Culture, presents Feminist Painting, Performance, and Installation Art in East Germany: The Case of Angela Hampel.

Nearly thirty years after German unification, this talk challenges a number of stereotypes about East German art by focusing on the life and art of Angela Hampel, an artist best known for Neoexpressionist paintings of powerful women from mythology and the Bible, such as Salomé and Judith. In the 1980s, Hampel showed these works on both sides of the Iron Curtain, including at the Venice Biennale. A strong defender of women’s rights in East Germany, Hampel also also did installations and performance art that engaged with these and other issues, including gender relations and ecology. The talk will also touch upon the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall (in November 1989) on her work and its reception.

Join us:
Friday, February 28, 2020
3:10-4:00 p.m.
302 Catt Hall

February 20th, 2020|Announcements, Events, News|

CEAH Interdisciplinary Series presents: Dr. Emily Kathryn Morgan

As part of the new CEAH Interdisciplinary series, Dr. Emily Kathryn Morgan presents Picturing Packing: Commercial Visions of the American Meat Industry. 

In the early-to-mid twentieth century, photography played a key role in shaping public perceptions of industrial-scale meat production in the United States. Meatpacking companies and industry organizations regarded the camera as a trusted and crucial tool for publicizing their activities and promoting their success at generating a ready supply of inexpensive meat for everyday consumption.

Dr. Emily Kathryn Morgan, assistant professor in the department of Art and Visual Culture, discusses the visual culture of the American meat industry, focusing in particular on an illustrated catalog circulated within the industry in the early 1920s to consider how photographs propagated a vision of the industry as a prime contributor to the march of American economic and industrial progress.

Join us:
Friday, January 24
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
302 Catt Hall

January 16th, 2020|Events, News|
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