University of Iowa
Iowa City is a golden literature spot to stop in the first place, the entire city named a Literature City by UNESCO in 2008, only the third to be titled so. One of the main reasons this city is named such is due to the incredible involvement of the University of Iowa, one of the most prestigious colleges in the state, especially when it comes to English.
The University of Iowa is home to the Hawkeyes, a highly dedicated student and sporting body that share over 500 organizations and 200 areas of study total. The gorgeous campus plays host to popular majors such as biology, business, and engineering, though perhaps the most popular, especially for your group, English. The English program here is home to over 800 students, most involved in such nationally renowned programs as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and International Writing Program. Each program consistently brings world-renowned writers to campus, both the writers and the students building their abilities to ‘think, read, and write critically about how literature and language’ affect both individuals and society. If this isn’t enough literature knowledge and application for you, we don’t know what is!
Aside from literature and English in general, this is a great opportunity for a campus visit for your students, whether they are close to graduating or getting their first glimpse of college life. You can set up a group visit to the campus in general or of a particular department, such as the Main Library, Daily Iowan, or local Radio Station (appointment only, we set this up for you). So get to Hawkeyes nation and see exactly how ‘societies, centuries, and geographical boundaries’ are connected through learning and literature.