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Posted by Kristin Reynolds
on Jul 24, 2015
David Gould, University of Iowa’s first Obermann Center Public Scholar
Andre Perry introduced David Gould, the University of Iowa’s first Obermann Center Public Scholar, a member of its adjunct faculty and an accomplished filmmaker. Mr. Gould recently returned from spending 14 months working with the Downtown Project; a Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh led organization dedicated to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. During his tenure with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Mr. Gould organized a Faculty Institute, designed to help faculty connect their teaching and research with the social challenges facing the modern city. He was also instrumental in developing the University of Iowa’s Interdepartmental Studies: Engaged Social Innovation major.
Through his speech entitled “Don’t Put Your Hand Down” Mr. Gould provided insight on the importance of engaging twenty-somethings. There are 50 million-somethings in the U.S. today who need to in addition to finding well-paying jobs and professional careers look for things that make them come alive and trust in those things in order to be remarkable in today’s society. Through his teachings at the University of Iowa he helps students understand their passions, coaches students on how to answer the fundamental question, “Why am I here?” and stresses that work has to have meaning. In the words of Howard Thurman, author, philosopher, theologian, educator, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
For more information, visit http://myweb.uiowa.edu/dlgould/lifeclas/
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