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Small Play Big Societal Impact

  • September 30, 2014
  • By Jessica Guess     
Vang captures the challenges of immigrant farmers in the U.S.


On November 5, attendees of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) 2014 National Conference at ISU will be treated to the play Vang which originated at Iowa State University.

Vang is a two-person play about immigrant farmers. It captures the experiences and challenges of Dutch, Hmong, Mexican, and Sudanese farmers who have recently moved to the United States and hope to farm again in their new country. The goal of the play is to raise awareness of the issues facing these immigrants, and to encourage diversity within the United States’ farming industry.

The play was started in March 2013 by Iowa State professor and Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and Matt Foss, a former Iowa State lecturer who now teaches at the University of Idaho.

This project was made possible by funding from the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities and Iowa State University. More details about the play are available here.