University of Iowa

Iowa City Public History

Academic Year 
2015-2016
Project Partners 

Students made parklands along the Iowa River the focus of questions that focus on Iowa City's history, and concentrated on environmental justice concerns related to use and misuse of the river. The project resulted in a website with audio and visuals about this history that can be accessed from the parks for use in taking self-guided tours. Iowa City has a rich history composed of multiple layers of interaction among human individuals and our society, the natural and built environments, and other species. Graduate students in a Department of English course examined this history through the lens of environmental humanities, a discipline which interrogates the relationships among literature, cultural production, and environmental conditions to analyze questions such as: Through human history, what roles have we given ourselves as a species among other species and features of Earth? How should we think and work and live in the present? What kind of future do we want to enable? Take a tour of the website, http://dsps.lib.uiowa.edu/iowacityparks.