The University of Iowa

Annual Report: Hawkeye Lunch & Learn Update


Liz Tovar in Des Moines
The Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture series aims to bring the University of Iowa out into Iowa communities, with faculty, staff, and alumni presenting their areas of expertise to engaged citizens over the noon hour. Each lecture showcases the diverse work of a passionate UI expert while increasing awareness of how Iowa citizens can collaborate with the university to create a better future for Iowans.

In May, Liz Tovar’s lecture titled Win. Graduate. Do It Right. was livestreamed to a national audience, and she also provided an opportunity for attendees to tour the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center in Iowa City.

In October, the Mobile Museum exhibit ‘German Iowa and the Global Midwest’ traveled to Glenn Ehrstine’s Des Moines lecture titled German Iowans and the Politics of Brewing.

Glenn Ehrstine in Iowa City

“The invitation to present a Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture provided me with a welcome opportunity to engage members of the broader public regarding our campus project on “German Iowa and the Global Midwest.” The lecture has had a measurable catalyst effect, resulting in additional invitations to speak on aspects of the state’s German heritage in Davenport, Cedar Rapids, and elsewhere. It was also the perfect venue to draw attention to our 2017 traveling exhibit on German immigration to Iowa.," says Glenn Ehrstine, Associate Professor of German and International Studies. 






2016 – 2017 Hawkeye Lunch & Learn Lectures:

  • The Fine Art Print, Anita Jung
  • German Iowans and the Global Midwest, Glenn Ehrstine
  • The Global Impact of Drugs, Dean Donald Letendre
  • Life Lessons from UI Students, Dean Lyn Redington
  • Women in Technology, Tonya Peeples
  • Big Data, Big Brother, Zubair Shafiq
  • The Virtual Soldier, Karim Abdel-Malek
  • Win. Graduate. Do It Right., Liz Tovar

View this year’s Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lectures on the Office of Outreach & Engagement’s YouTube channel.