Twenty Years of Yellowstone Wolves: Reintroduction to Recovery – Douglas Smith

Monday, 03 Nov 2014 at 8:00pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union
Douglas Smith is a senior wildlife biologist with the National Park Service and has been involved with wolves in Yellowstone since their controversial reintroduction to the park in 1992. He joined the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project in 1994 as a research technician and now serves as the project leader, supervising research on ecosystem responses to the predator and educating people on wildlife conservation and endangered species preservation. Prior to Yellowstone, Smith worked with wolves on Michigan's Isle Royale and in Minnesota. He is the author of Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone. 50th Anniversary Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture

Thursday, 6 Nov 2014

Politically Engaged Poetry for the 21st Century - Sam Taylor
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sam Taylor is the author of two books of poetry, Body of the World and Nude Descending an Empire. His work explores the contemporary moment, with an emphasis on politics, globalism and the urgency of our ecological crisis. Taylor spent three years as a caretaker in a remote wildlife refuge and cites the experience as an essential foundation of his work. He is an assistant professor in the MFA program at Wichita State University and the recipient of the 2014-2015 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. Environmental Imagination Series

Friday, 7 Nov 2014

Comedy! The League's Steve Rannazzisi
11:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Steve Rannazzisi plays "Kevin," the League Commissioner on FX's hit show The League. The actor and comedian got his first taste of television success in 2003 as one of the smart-ass cast members on MTV's Punk'd. Since then Steve has continued to make audiences laugh in television, feature films and on comedy stages across the country. In addition to performing stand-up, his credits include guest starring in the FOX series Kitchen Confidential, HBO's Sex in the City, and NBC's Third Watch. Rannazzisi has also performed on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and appeared in the feature films Summer of Sam and For Your Consideration. ISU AfterDark

Monday, 10 Nov 2014

A Pope Named Francis and His Witness to Love - Anne Clifford
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - When the Argentinian Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope of the Catholic Church in March 2013 he chose the name Francis in honor of Francis of Assisi, widely revered for his commitment to poverty, his concern for the poor, his peace-making efforts, and his care for creatures. Anne Clifford, the Msgr. James Supple Chair in Catholic Studies at Iowa State, will examine Pope Francis’s mission with attention to the significance of his name choice as he goes forth giving witness to love in both his words and deeds. Anne Clifford earned a PhD from the School of Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America and has held faculty positions at Duquesne University and John Carroll University. She is also a past-president of the College Theology Society. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series.

Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think - Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, a visionary thinker and entrepreneur, is coauthor of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think. Best known for his ground-breaking research into the role of information in the networked economy, Mayer-Schönberger is a professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University's Internet Institute and author of eight books, including Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age. Founder of the data security company Ikarus Software in his native Austria, he advises governments, businesses and NGOs on information innovation. He is also affiliated with the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the governance of information. National Affairs Series on Innovation Keynote

Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014

Overcoming Prohibition: Efforts to Reform State Cannabis Laws - Dan Linn
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Dan Linn was one of the leading voices for passing the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act and the City of Chicago's municipal cannabis decriminalization ordinance. He has worked extensively with lawmakers and activists in Illinois and built a coalition of groups to advocate for changing cannabis policy, offender re-entry programs, and broader drug policy reform. With a grant from the Marijuana Policy Project in 2008 he founded the Illinois Cannabis Patients Association to better represent medical cannabis patients' interests to the Illinois General Assembly. He has been a registered lobbyist and helped the Illinois Senate pass a medical cannabis bill in 2009. Dan Linn is the executive director of the Illinois chapter of NORML and an independent contractor with Greenbridge Corporate Counsel.

Thursday, 13 Nov 2014

What Just Happened? The 2014 Elections and Beyond - Mara Liasson
7:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for National Public Radio and a contributor to the FOX News Channel. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson also serves as a panelist on the FOX News Sunday weekly public affairs program. During her tenure at NPR, she has been a congressional correspondent; White House correspondent during the Clinton administration; and covered the 1992, 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. The Fall 2014 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics

Friday, 14 Nov 2014

Environmental Ethics: A Christian Perspective - Todd Daly
12:10 PM – 127 Curtiss Hall - Todd Daly is faculty at the Urbana Theological Seminary. His writings have appeared in such publications as Ethics & Medicine, The Journal of Evolution and Technology, Christianity Today, and several edited volumes dealing with transhumanist philosophy from a theological perspective. He is currently writing a book dealing with radical life extension entitled Chasing Methuselah. Daly is a graduate of Iowa State, where he earned a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. He also holds a masters of divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a doctorate in theology from the University of Edinburgh.

Saturday, 15 Nov 2014

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Puerto Rican Cultural Night. Speaker to be announced.

Sunday, 16 Nov 2014

Rudy Francisco - Slam Poetry
7:30 PM – Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union - No tickets required | Doors open at 7:00pm Rudy Francisco combines activism with poetry to enlighten his audience. He has received numerous awards for his spoken word poetry. In 2009 Francisco was awarded the National Underground Poetry Slam Champion. In 2010 he was named San Diego Grand Slam Champion, San Francisco Grand Slam Champion and the Individual World Poetry Slam Champion. Currently, he serves as the the co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego.