David Gould is the University of Iowa’s first Obermann Center Public Scholar and a member of its adjunct faculty. His courses explore higher education’s role in helping students find meaning and purpose.
Mr. Gould recently returned from spending 14 months working with the Downtown Project, Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh’s organization dedicated to transforming Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. Previously, Mr. Gould served as the Associate Director of Professional Student Development in the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. As a filmmaker, Mr. Gould’s credits include Freestyle: The Victories of Dan Gable, The Checker King, and Two Sides of the Moon. These films have premiered on HBO Signature and HBO2, enjoying favorable reviews from publications such as the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek. Mr. Gould is currently producing the feature film Diane’s Room, based on the life of legendary wrestler Dan Gable.