Third most educated metro area in the US in 2005 “Top Business Opportunity Metro for 2005” “Super City of the Future”


UUSIC’s own, century-old church, a unique and rare survivor of 19th century Unitarian architecture on the prairie Old Capitol, territorial capitol built in 1840 UI Pentacrest, Greek Revival at its most impressive Carver Hawkeye Arena, soaring modernity and winner of several architectural awards Beautiful Victorian homes throughout the city.


the weekend of the conference:

UI Hancher Auditorium, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

Jazz, rock, folk, blues, country, and contemporary music -- all within easy walking distance of your hotel

Annual Riverfest 2006, and Riverbank Art Fair, three blocks west of the hotel, with arts, crafts, music, and more


Import/export shops, art galleries, antique and book stores, coin and jewelry shops, funky clothes, kitchenware, records/CDs, art supplies, toys!


African, Chinese, Korean, French, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Vietnamese, Greek, Italian, Irish, American, pub grub, deli, vegetarian, espresso, ice cream parlor -- you name it!


UI Art Museum - Mauricio Lasanski, Childe Hassam, Martin Lewis, Reginald Marsh, Joseph Pennell, John Sloan; “American Prints and Drawings - the January Collection”; and “Time and Space in African Art.”

UI Museum of Natural History - Take a 500-million-year journey through Iowa geology, ecology, and native cultures; also Bird Hall, Mammal Hall, a wonderful giant sloth, and a great tornado.


The Iowa River runs through the middle of the campus, and here you can see bald eagles, Canada geese, and a variety of other wildfowl. Peaceful walking paths make it easy!

In the area

Amana Colonies, 15 miles west

Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, 7 miles east

Kalona and its Amish community, 20 miles south

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