June Member Spotlight: University of Northern Iowa

The June member spotlight features the University of Northern Iowa. Discover the fantastic work and initiatives currently at the University of Northern Iowa that align with IA’s mission and values!

The North American Review (NAR), the nation’s oldest literary magazine is currently housed at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and is celebrating 50 years at our university. Thisspring the NAR hosted a conference that celebrated this milestone and asked writers, contributors, and attendees to reflect and respond to ideas related to The Open Space of Democracy prompted by the writing of Terry Tempest Williams. As part of this event, the NAR invited visual artists and designers to respond to these writings through a national poster exhibition juried by members of the UNI Imagining America chapter. These posters were exhibited throughout the conference and will be traveling to additional venues.

Pictured: Posters on display at the NAR Conference and the two winning posters.

The Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lecture Series at UNI was launched in the 2019-2020 school year. This inaugural series kicked off with a lecture from Pulitzer Prize-Winning author, Elizabeth Kolbert, and included in the exceptional lineup were former tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, distinguished author, Terry Tempest Williams, and former US representative, Bob Inglis who all engaged in public conversations regarding climate change and our relationship to the natural world.

UNI’s Office of Community Engagement hosts an annual Community Engagement Celebration Day where many art, design, and humanities projects are highlighted. Check out the embedded link to the UNI ScholarWorks page for projects showcased at the 2019 Community Engagement Celebration Day!