Iowa Intersections is a community-based multilingual narrative project developed in the Center for Language and Culture Learning and with the support of UNESCO City of Literature. Since 2021, we have worked with several local organizations, including Kirkwood Community College, Open Heartland, and the Global Food Project to connect with Iowa City residents in their native languages and to encourage them to share their stories with us.
Our goal in this project is to collect, share, and uplift stories about the cultural and linguistic diversity in the Iowa City area. Through the compilation of interviews from our local and international storytellers, we generate digital short stories that help spark a conversation about immigration, social justice, diversity, and inclusion.
Interested storytellers, volunteers, and organizations serving immigrant communities please reach out through our contact us page.
Amin, from Sudan, describes how the Arab community he has encountered here, in the U.S., makes Iowa feels like home, especially during Ramadan and Eid celebrations.