University of Iowa

For the Theme Semester  "American Dream", we're bringing together the University, City of Iowa City, state of Iowa, and national experts to explore topics involving the future of our nation.

We're exploring topics and asking questions, such as how can our university equitably serve in the 21st century? What do Americans desire? How can we imagine an American dream that embodies the values and aspirations of all Americans? How do we ensure that all Americans have an equitable say, that all exert agency over their lives, that we treat everyone with compassion and respect? How do we imagine a dream that replaces exclusion with inclusion? What does the American Dream mean to the most diverse generation in this country’s history?

For Students


For Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff

  • Plan a Theme Semester event or activity.
  • Spread the word! Help bring our message to campus and community by using the hashtag #UITheme at your events and continue to visit
  • Join in! We encourage everyone to integrate at least one activity, reading, or project -- even a modest contribution counts -- into their spring classes and activities!
  • Get Involved! If you have a project, idea, or activity for the Theme Semester or you'd like to work with us, please contact; we'd love to hear from you!

Community Partners, Alumni, and Friends
For Community

  • ​Collaborate with campus and community members on Theme Semester projects, research, or events.
  • Join the conversation by posting to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #UITHEME throughout the semester.