The University of Iowa

What causes and principles demand the taking up of arms, and how do we come to terms with the toll of war on countries, peoples, and individuals? What ideas and ideals are we willing to rally around?


One of the world’s finest male vocal ensembles explores anthems—songs that conjure pride, identity, and unity. Anthem will feature songs of work, prayer, protest, ceremony, healing, and more from all around the globe.

Kronos Quartet

The groundbreaking Kronos Quartet returns to Iowa City to perform a new multimedia work—composed by Aleksandra Vrebalov with a film by Bill Morrison—commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of World War One.

Healing Wars

Liz Lerman—among the most innovative and fearless choreographers of our time—investigates healers in the heart of warfare. Grounded in the Civil War but reflecting upon conflicts to the present day, Healing Wars is a multimedia experience featuring an ensemble of dancers and actors.