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Contact the Think Tank

Venise Berry
Coordinator, Midwest Cultural Think Tank
514 Jefferson Building
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1408
Phone: 319-335-2765


The Midwest Cultural Think Tank serves as a prominent resource for interdisciplinary research on the University of Iowa Campus to educate, engage and empower. The Think Tank will involve a variety of efforts to connect research with practical application and public advocacy. It will bring diverse perspectives together through a number of avenues such as discussion groups, conferences, seminars, a newsletter, media oriented projects or other opportunities.


Speakers Series

This series is organized each year with a combination of seminars, presentations, conferences or other forums. It will bring outstanding scholars and/or other professionals to the campus in relevant fields. The purpose will be to showcase and enrich African American Studies faculty based on their research in African American Life and Culture.


The Midwest Cultural Think Tank will develop and disseminate research and creative projects that promote a holistic understanding of African American Life and Culture in the Midwest from rural and inner-city areas to middle and upper class experiences. Iowa populations, plus Midwestern cities with established African American populations are within the vision of strategic opportunities.

In many cities in Iowa African American communities are growing (Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Waterloo, Davenport, etc.). Also, geographically, the University of Iowa sits in the middle of a number of prominent Midwest cities with large African American populations (Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Omaha, Milwaukee, etc.) offering easy access to viable research and creative opportunities.


updated October 2, 2013