3rd Thursday


3rd Thursday at Hoover’s presents “Iowa’s Communal Utopias”

May 20, 2021 06:00 PM live via Zoom

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A sweeping overview of different attempts by Iowans to create their own form of utopia, beginning featuring the Iowa Pioneer Phalanx, Salburia, the Amana Colonies, the Icarian Communities, the Cydesdale Colony, Communia and many more. This talk will provide some details about specific communal groups, and a general overview of different communal movements in American history and how they influenced community builders on the Iowa frontier, and beyond.

Peter Hoehnle is an Amana native who received his graduate degrees from Iowa State University. He has published widely on American communal societies, including volumes on Amana and the Shakers, served as President of the Communal Studies Association and as a past editor of the journal Communal Societies.


3rd Thursday at Hoover’s presents “Clearing the Static: Herbert Hoover and Early Radio Regulations”

June 17, 2021 06:00 PM live via Zoom

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Radio as we know it today emerged at the dawn of the 20th Century–first popular with amateur operators then becoming commercially viable in the 1920s. Growth was so rapid that some control was necessary to make room on limited spectrum as radio enthusiasts were going “on the air” on any frequency, at any time and with any power. Professor Stephen Coon will discuss this history and also look at how regulatory decisions made by Herbert Hoover and others still affect today’s industry including social media. 

Dr. Steve Coon is a retired university professor, international communications consultant, and former coordinator of Electronic Media Studies (EMS) in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University.

Professor Coon has presented communication workshops in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Workshop topics include New Media, Social Media, Writing and Reporting for Radio and Television, Civic Journalism, Election and Political Reporting, Journalism Ethics and Professional Responsibilities, and Investigative Reporting.