• LGBTQ@Iowa
  • “Queers, Art and Education,” Ed Check

    Research Cover of Psych Paper

    Ed Check’s 1992 article, “Queers, Art and Education” combines academic inquiry and personal reflection in examining how one’s sexual orientation impacts one’s teaching and and scholarly work.   Subtle wonderment, years ago, on my part, as to how my sexual orientation would impact my life and art has given way to an overt activism which affects all […]

  • Women@Iowa
  • “Blood, Lust and Love,” Gigi Durham

    PSA Poster on Domestic Violence

    This article by Meenakshi Gigi Durham, published in the Journal of Children and Media, analyzes through a feminist lens the ways in which the popular Twilight series enforce ideas of gendered violence. Examining both the explicit and implicit verbal and visual messaging of the Twilight books and films, Durham critiques the expectations put forward by the author with regard to masculine violence and feminine acquiescence.

  • Women@Iowa
  • “Picket Lines, Picket Fences,” Kenneth Dofner

    Josephine Gruhn on a tractor

    In this article, written as part of an undergraduate history seminar at the University of Iowa, Kenneth Dofner argues that feminist theory and action created the foundation that helped shaped policy during and after the Farm Crisis. Looking at the ways in which second-wave feminism shaped grassroots organizing during the Farm Crisis, he illustrates the important social and political role that women played in Iowa’s rural communities in the 1980s and beyond.

  • African American/Black@Iowa
  • “Muchakinock: African Americans and the Making of an Iowa Coal Town,” Pam Stek

    Buxton Iowa

    In the early 1880s, recruitment of African American miners to Mahaska County led to the development of a community that would become a thriving settlement, home to black miners, merchants, and professionals. The coal camp of Muchakinock, Iowa, which flourished for about 20 year s during the late nineteenth century, was an unusual community for that time in the state’s history.