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Tuesday, May 31 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Post-Conference Humanities and Public Life Reception and Book Signing

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You're Invited!

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the University of Iowa Press invite you to a cash bar reception and book signing to celebrate the new book series, Humanities and Public Life. The series documents the work of scholars and community partners dedicated to the theme of the 2016 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement conference-"Beyond Service: Education, Research, and Work for a Just World."

What?      Cash Bar Reception and Book Signing
When?     Tuesday, March 31, 2016 from 8:00-9:30 pm (short program at 8:30 pm)
Where?    Times Club-upstairs in Prairie Lights Bookstore
Why?       Enjoy colleagues and celebrate the new Humanities and Public Life Book Series!

Featured Author and Book:

Anne Basting, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Founder, The Creative Trust; and Artist
Co-editor with Maureen Towey and Ellie Rose

The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care

 At Milwaukee's Luther Manor, artists and scholars from the University of Wisconsin and Sojourn Theatre Company, students, staff, and residents traded bingo cards for copies of The Odyssey. Their two-year collaboration profoundly reimagines this ancient myth. What if the real hero is Penelope, who never left home? To answer, they staged a play that transcended the limits of old age and disability, but also of youth, institutional constraints, and disciplines. Readers of The Penelope Project sends become part of an ambitious quest for long-term care community that engages its residents in challenging, meaningful art-making.

Anne Basting focuses her teaching and creative research on community-engaged performance. She is the author of three books, including Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009), and dozens of articles. Her TimeSlips Creative Storytelling project is used in health care and retirement settings across the country.

Learn more about Anne Basting's work (and to see a trailer of a documentary film about The Penelope Project).

Learn more about the Humanities and Public Life Series.

Learn more about the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.


Anne Basting

Professor, UWM
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Teresa Mangum

Professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English and Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa
Teresa Mangum is Professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English and Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. She is fascinated by past Victorian animals and future careers for humanities PHDs, as part of a Mellon Humanities... Read More →

Tuesday May 31, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
Prairie Lights Bookstore (Times Club Upstairs) 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

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