From the French origins of Des Moines to the Algerian roots of Elkader, this year's festival, "A Home in the World | A World at Home," focuses on Iowans' roles in the global community and on the international influences that shape our state.

On Saturday, April 12, join faculty members from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Grinnell College, Drake University, and Cornell College, as well as curators and arts leaders from the Salisbury House and Des Moines Art Center for a global tour right here at home.

Presenters from Grinnell College:

  • Janice Gross: Iowa, Islam and Algeria: Bridging the Local and the Global in Small-Town Iowa”
  • Ralph Savarese: “Neurocosmopolitanism: Poetic Potential in Autism”
  • Hai-Dang Phan: “The Secret Life of Phan Nhien Hao, or, Translation and Transnation in the Midwest”

The Center for the Humanities is sponsoring transportation and admission tickets for students, staff, and faculty. Reservations are required.  Transportation leaves in front of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center at 8 a.m. and returns to campus at 6:30 p.m.

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