Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Obermann Center House
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A Unique and Critical Resource

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies offers a unique and critical resource for the university: a neutral space outside departments and colleges where scholars can take risks and wrestle with the challenges that genuinely collaborative and interdisciplinary work demands. Situated in an historic house on the main campus, the Obermann Center falls under the auspices of the Office for the Vice President for Research. Throughout the year, we support nearly 200 scholars, including UI faculty and research staff, visiting faculty, graduate students, and community members.

Our house includes offices for seven Fellows-in-Residence each semester; these are scholars who have supported leave. Other Obermann programs provide funding and staffing for a major annual humanities conference, small group collaborations, and an intensive seminar for graduate students, to name a few. In addition, the Center is a nexus for University-community activities, including lectures, workshops, and performances.

Our Mission

The Obermann Center is dedicated to advancing the research mission of the University of Iowa by encouraging innovation, cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas, imaginative collaborations, and engagement with our local and global communities. 

Our diverse programs are​ designed—

  • To create an intellectual community that values interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches and the rigorous thought, long hours, and great passion at the heart of artistic and scholarly excellence.
  • To support the work of University of Iowa artists, researchers, and scholars when creative and research projects demand concentrated effort.
  • To foster imaginative interdisciplinary collaborations across disciplines, institutions, and world locations.
  • To inspire faculty and graduate students to experiment with new ideas, approaches, methods, partnerships, and forms for sharing knowledge and resources.
  • To broaden and deepen the impact of the Obermann Center’s support by encouraging faculty members and graduate students to share discoveries through new and re-imagined courses and curricula.
  • To connect the campus with city, state, and global communities through public programming and support for networks of artists, scholars, researchers, local citizens, and international colleagues.



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