Annals of Iowa
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Third Series, Vol. 80, No. 1, Winter 2021
"Transcending Transgenics: Transcendental Meditation, Natural Law, and the Campaign to Ban Genetically Engineered Food"
by Gregory Grohman
Grohman argues that since 1994 the Transcendental Meditation movement has conducted a sustained campaign against genetic engineering from its base in Fairfield, Iowa. By examining books, pamphlets, magazine articles, advertisements, and public lectures, he contends that scholars have misconstrued the history of anti-GMO activism by overlooking the particular lifeworld of the TM movement.
"Crafting Norwegian-American Identity and Inclusion in Decorah’s Vesterheim Museum"
by Daniel R. Maher
Maher examines how Decorah, Iowa’s folk-art-based Vesterheim museum has sought to foster pride in its Norwegian heritage and more recently celebrate the inclusion of cultural diversity. He demonstrates how since the institution’s founding in the late nineteenth century a series of deliberate choices by individuals and organizations has informed Vesterheim’s collecting, exhibits, programming, and outreach.
You are invited to submit articles, edited documents, and other annotated, unpublished primary materials on Iowa history and on subjects concerning the nation and the Midwest with an Iowa focus. Regional and local studies of political, economic, social, cultural, ethnic, institutional, archeological, and architectural history are welcome.
You may also apply to the Research Grant for Authors program to receive a research stipend to support original research and interpretive writing related to Iowa history. As part of the program, grant recipients produce an annotated manuscript targeted for the Annals of Iowa.
Please contact Annals editor Andrew Klumpp to submit potential manuscripts or with any questions.