Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy students get to know their University of Iowa and Iowa City community partners.

The Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy hosted its second salon at the University of Iowa Theater Building.  The topic was “wonder,” with each student being paired with an invited guest.  Students and guests alike brought an artifact that represented wonder to them.  At the end of the night, each group shared a word that represented their conversation.  The words were gathered and spontaneously turned into a song by local blues artist, Kevin “B.F.” Burt.  It was a wondrous evening indeed.

The following are a few student reactions to the night:


Collen Mahoney shares his discussion with calligrapher Cheryl Jacobsen.

At the Bucksbaum Academy’s second salon of the year, I had the pleasure to be paired with Cheryl Jacobsen, a calligraphy instructor at the University of Iowa.  We had an amazing discussion about how one finds wonder in life’s little things.  We both brought objects of wonder; Cheryl bringing a piece of her art, and I a copy of the United States Constitution. Overall, the salon was an amazing experience, and I am so glad to have been able to speak with such a remarkable person! – Collen Mahoney, student


Madi Huffmann describes what wonder means to library director Alison Ames Galstad.

I had a really nice time talking with Alison Ames Galstad, who is the Library Director at the Coralville Public Library.  Alison and I talked about books and how they were a source of wonder throughout our childhoods.  Books continue to be a source of wonder for Alison.  While books still provide a bit of wonder for me, my interests have changed.  This spurred a conversation about how the things we are passionate about can evolve and develop.  We closed the night by discussing the things that make us feel warm inside.  It was a wonderful evening. – Madi Huffmann, student

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