The Obermann Center’s Advisory Board has proven to be a valuable sounding board and source of ideas and advice. Members serve three-year terms and meet once per month. The charge of the Advisory Board is to make recommendations to the Vice President for Research and the Director of the Obermann Center on major matters of policy regarding the mission and direction of the Center; to advise the Vice President and Director how the Center can best serve the research and creative needs of the faculty of the University; to advise the Vice President and the Director on programs and projects at the Center; to assist in the review of proposals for Center grants; and to help publicize opportunities available at the Center.

2020–21 Advisory Board

  • Jennifer Buckley, English (CLAS)
  • Hyaeweol Choi, Religious Studies (CLAS)
  • Naomi Greyser, English; American Studies; and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies (CLAS)
  • Christopher Harris, Cinematic Arts (CLAS)
  • Brandi Janssen, College of Public Health
  • H. Glenn Penny, History (CLAS)
  • Ann Ricketts, Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Amanda Haertling Thein, Graduate College and College of Education
  • Joyce Tsai, UI Stanley Museum of Art and School of Art & Art History (CLAS)

“In this time of great transition, when we are co-creating the narratives we actually want to live into, working across disciplines has never been more critical.  As an admirer of, and sometimes a direct participant in, the work of the Obermann Center, I want to support their work.”

—Chuck Peters

2021–21 Donors

Thank you to the following faculty, staff, emeritus faculty, and community friends who have recognized the value of the Obermann Center’s work and our unique role at the University of Iowa. Your gifts make our work not only possible but more creative and further-reaching.

  • Kenneth G. Brown &
    Amy L. Kristof-Brown
  • Daniel R. Campion
  • Prof. Jonathan C. Carlson & Susan A. Carlson
  • Dr. Carolyn A. Colvin
  • David R. Cunning & Naomi Greyser
  • Mary Lynn Grant
  • Carolyn Hartley &
    John P. Hartley
  • Jeffrey D. Liebermann & Tracy A. Liebermann
  • James F. Longstaff & Patricia Hirl Longstaff
  • Lyell D. Henry, Jr. & Gretchen B. Holt
  • Juan P. Hourcade &
    Silvia Quezada
  • Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund
  • Peter J. Manning &
    Susan E. Scheckel
  • Peeranut Visetsuth
  • Susan J. Birrell
  • Virginia R. Dominguez & Jane C. Desmond
  • Evonne H. Freeman
  • Charles W. Hickman & Rebecca Hickman
  • Dr. Johna Leddy
  • Carrie Z. Norton
  • Charles M. Peters &
    Mary Ann Peters
  • Ann M. Ricketts &
    David C. Ricketts
  • Dr. Raymond G. Riezman & Patricia A. Riezman
  • Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving (Kurt M. Anstreicher & Jane L. Van Voorhis)
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
  • Teresa Mangum &
    Corey Creekmur

“IThe discovery, creativity, and vibrant intellectual exchange central to university life do not happen in a vacuum. Whether through its Fellows-in-Residence Program, the Book Ends book completion workshop, or some of the most generative events we’ve attended in our careers, the Obermann Center cultivates value in spades. And we get tremendous satisfaction from supporting initiatives of value. Thank you, Obermann Center, for all you do!”

—Naomi Greyser & David Cunning

Other friends & supporters

The ongoing programs and vision of the Center is made possible by many friends and supporters, including:

  • Colleagues in the Office of the Vice President for Research, including interim Vice President John Keller and Assistant Vice President Ann Ricketts; communications staff Steve Pradarelli, Leslie Revaux, and Modei Akyea; and Senior HR Specialist Wendy Loney
  • Jason Paulios and Bond Drager at the Iowa City Public Library, who’ve helped to publicize, host, and record our Obermann Conversations
  • UI Facilities Management, Building & Landscape Services, and Custodial Services—especially Rick Dunbar, Roberto Jimenez, Jim Heick, and Dave Miller—who keep our home safe, attractive, and comfortable
  • Hunter Gott in ITS, who prepared us in March 2020 to be working from home for a long time, despite us not really believing him!
  • Michael O’Neill and Brian Dickey, who patiently answered our questions as we moved our website to the SiteNow platform
  • Flo Velterean at UI Mail Services, who keeps us in daily contact with the world