Bob Neymeyer, historian at the Grout Museum District, will speak on the topic "Liberty bonds, yellow paint, & English-only: Anti-German sentiment in Iowa during World War I," The demand for “100% Americanism” was administered by both public and private groups who distrusted the loyalty of these hyphenated Americans. The tactics ranged from intimidation and vandalism to a state law stating English was the only legal language to be used in public. The result was a series of accommodations, some temporary and others permanent, that changed the culture of German-Americans in the state. Neymeyer's lecture accompanies the current exhibit, Answering the Call: The Cedar Valley, Iowa, & World War I, on display until February 14th. Both the exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.
The Rod Library will host the second annual mini comic book convention. Activities will include panels, arts and crafts, games, trivia, artists, vendors, costume contests and more. Whether you are new to comics or an expert, you are bound to find something that interests you. More information is available on the Rod Library website or our Facebook event page. Open to the public, free of charge; all ages welcome.
The UNI Museum has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called Camp Dodge: Home Away From Home, 1917-1918 by Michael Vogt, Curator at the Iowa Gold Star Museum. A cultural Resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.
This presentation will illustrate the organization, construction, and the various aspects of military life and training at Camp Dodge during the First World War using period photos from the Iowa Gold Star Museum’s collection. This lecture will accompany Answering the Call: The Cedar Valley, Iowa, and World War I, the latest exhibit on display at the UNI Museum. The exhibit examines Iowa’s contributions to World War I and the changes that were happening on the home front during this time. Both the exhibit and presentation are free and open to the public.
If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 319-273-2495 in advance.
This event celebrates International Education Week and will allow visitors to "experience the world" in 2 hours or less by visiting booths from various cultures, playing games and sampling food. There will be free giveaways, too.
Roy Behrens, Department of Art, will discuss the "razzle dazzle" technique used on ships in World War I to confuse German submarines.
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the library’s Meet & Greet event. Ernie Cline, author of Ready Player One, will be available to meet with the campus community about his book.
Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, will speak on her library’s new building and its impact on student learning, faculty scholarship and enrollment.
Iowa artist David Williamson will join Lynette Seigley, Director of Iowa Project A.W.A.R.E., to discuss the Project A.W.A.R.E. program and the art it produced. Rod Library is currently hosting the traveling exhibit: "Riverse: The Art of Project A.W.A.R.E." The exhibit is part of Iowa Project A.W.A.R.E., a week-long event where people work to clean up the Iowa rivers.
Rod Library has embarked on a feasibility study with OPN Architects to analyze where we are today as a library and plan where we need to go in the future to serve YOU, our students, faculty and staff. We need your ideas! Come to a Student Focus Group at the Library and help design the Rod Library of the future!