The University of Iowa

Samara Joy

Samara Joy's "buttery vocals melt across the warm grooves of whatever songs she's singing, conjuring the greats of yore while simultaneously forging her own effervescent stye" (The Old Grey Cat blog).


Telling the story of two men finding themselves and falling in love in a gay dance club, Heart of Brick is a theatrical dance and music performance that celebrates the multi-generational spirit of the Black queer community.


Dogsbody, the debut album by Brooklyn-based Model/Actriz, is a coming-of-age album set between the hours of dusk and dawn. It is as much an exploration of love and loss as it is a sharp, piercing, and violent ode to the explosive joy of being alive. 

John Irving

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Irving returns to our campus and community to discuss his life and creative process alongside Iowa Writers’ Workshop director Lan Samantha Chang.

Sphinx Virtuosi

The Sphinx Virtuosi is a dynamic self-conducted chamber orchestra comprised of eighteen accomplished Black and Latinx artists aiming to evolve and shape the face of classical music through artistic excellence, pioneering programming, and impassioned community engagement.

Rhiannon Giddens

Giddens’ lifelong mission is to lift up people whose contributions to American musical history have previously been erased, and to work toward a more accurate understanding of the country’s musical origins. Pitchfork has said of her work, “few artists are so fearless and so ravenous in their exploration.”