Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.,
Online Workshop

Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional

ATTENTION: The registration above is for TLC purposes only. If you plan on attending this workshop, make sure to also REGISTER HERE.

In 2011, West Liberty became the first Iowa community to have a Latino-majority population. The state's population trends suggest that it will not be the last. As other Obermann Center programs have explored, Latinos are now a driving force in Iowa and the Midwest, influencing sectors of work, education, the arts, healthcare, and more. In this second Obermann Around the Table event, we'll hear a performative reading from Chuy Renteria's memoir-in-progress about his experience of growing up in West Liberty as the child of immigrants. Chuy brings us into his relationship with his father, who was not a native speaker, and the emotional baggage of the gulf this created.

Linguist Christine Shea will then give a short talk about her research in second language acquisition. From there, we'll move into small, facilitated groups to unpack what we've heard and our personal relationship to the topic.

Obermann Around the Table is intended as a welcoming, nonjudgmental space in which colleagues, neighbors, and new friends can address difficult subjects that impact our communities and reflect on ways to move toward more just and generous communities. It is hosted by Teresa Mangum, director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and a faculty member in the department of Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Erin Hackathorn in advance at or (319) 335-4034.