Global Health and Sustainable Development – Ambassador John Lange

Monday, 24 Oct 2016 at 3:00pm – Cardinal Room, Memorial Union
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) is Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy for the United Nations Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Lange spent four years at the Gates Foundation working with African governments to improve public health. He has served as co-chair of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Polio Partners Group as well as Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the inception of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Ambassador Lange had a 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, including service as Special Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza. He was Ambassador to Botswana from 1999 to 2002, where HIV/AID was his signature issue. Ambassador Lange co-chaired the U.S. Institute of Medicine committee that produced the 2014 report Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives. World Affairs Series

Monday, 24 Oct 2016

The Geology and Geography of Floods - Jim O'Connor
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Jim O’Connor is a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Portland, Oregon, who studies landscape evolution related to rivers and floods. He is particularly interested in the the role of floods in shaping our historic and present-day physical and cultural landscapes. A fellow of the Geological Society of America, O'Connor has done extensive work on Ice Age floods that transformed the Pacific Northwest. O'Connor completed his undergraduate work in geological science at University of Washington and earned MS and PhD degrees at the University of Arizona. He has worked at the U.S. Geological Survey since 1991. Sigma Xi Lecture Series

Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016

Legislative Candidate Forum - Iowa House of Representatives District 45
6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Incumbent state representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Republican candidate Sondra Childs-Smith and Libertarian candidate Eric Cooper are running in the Iowa House of Representatives District 45, an area that includes many Iowa State students. Benjamin Dirks, Student Government Senior Director of Government Affairs, will moderate. Part of the Campaign 2016 Series, providing the university and community with opportunities to question candidates before the November election.

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016

The Grandmother Hypothesis and Human Evolution - Kristen Hawkes
6:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Kristen Hawkes is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a graduate of Iowa State. She will discuss her research on the Grandmother Hypothesis, the theory that the trait for human females having long post-menopausal lives has been selected because it allows grandmothers to help their offspring survive and assist in raising their grandchildren. The theory focuses on key differences in life history between humans and our closest living relatives, the great apes. Hawkes's research also focuses on the evolutionary advantages and consequences of grandmothering, which include more than just longevity.

Free Trade and Business at the Border - Tom Fullerton & Alberto Davila
7:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Tom Fullerton and Alberto Davila will discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement-NAFTA, including cross-border trade, the border economy, and its impact on labor markets and business. Both are graduates of the Iowa State Department of Economics. Tom Fullerton is a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and holds the Endowed Trade in the Americas Chair in the UTEP College of Business Administration. His work focuses on border economics, econometrics and regional forecasting. Alberto Davila is Associate Dean and V.F. "Doc" and Gertrude Neuhaus Chair for Entrepreneurship in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a labor economist with a focus on the U.S.-Mexico border. Part of the Economics Forum and World Affairs Series

Thursday, 27 Oct 2016

The Age of Trolls - Joel Stein
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Joel Stein, author of the recent TIME magazine cover story "Why We're Losing the Internet to a Culture of Hate," will discuss how trolling on the Internet is infecting our real-life interactions, including politics. In addition to sharing the horrific messages he's received personally on Twitter and email, Stein, a longtime journalist, will share his perspective on how we can reverse the trend of a cyberculture that is growing meaner and more threatening. Joel Stein has written a weekly humor column for TIME since 1998, as well as fourteen other cover stories. He contributes frequently to national television and print media, including such publications as The New Yorker, GQ, Businessweek, Wired and the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. National Affairs Series: When American Values Are in Conflict

Tuesday, 1 Nov 2016

Which Future? Fiction and the Everything Change - Margaret Atwood
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - "I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it the everything change." - Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood is an author, poet and environmental activist whose work is widely known for its commentary on the human condition and female experience. Her more than forty books include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, and The Heart Goes Last. Her MaddAddam trilogy, which began with the Oryx and Crake, is currently being adapted into an HBO series. Her forthcoming book, Hag-Seed, is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Atwood's many international literary awards include the prestigious Booker Prize for contemporary fiction, Arthur C. Clarke Award in science fiction and the Governor General's Award for fiction in her native Canada. Atwood's critical acclaim is equally matched by her popularity among readers and following on Twitter.

Monday, 7 Nov 2016

A Conversation on Safety, Justice and Students of Color
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join us for a proactive discussion designed to raise awareness and understanding about the issues people of color face, especially in their interactions with law enforcement. Students and others on campus are invited to share personal experiences, including how national events and media coverage have had an impact on their lives and community. Panelists include Department of Public Safety Interim Police Chief Aaron Delashmutt, Ames Police Chief Charles Cychosz, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Reginald Stewart, and Student Counseling Services psychologist Dr. Raghav Suri. Monic Behnken, assistant professor of sociology, will moderate.

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2016

Fighting Modern Slavery - Yonas Tesfay & Josiah Carter
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Yonas Tesfay, director of Hope for Children in Ethiopia, and Josiah Carter, Beza Threads, will share their experiences dealing with the complex issue of modern child slavery and explain how their organizations are finding solutions through social entrepreneurism and sustainable practices. Hope for Children in Ethiopia is a community-based organization which works side-by-side with community members to provide holistic care and support for children. Beza Threads partners with victims of slavery to support them in a journey toward independence and personal stability. After sharing stories of those rescued from slavery in Ethiopia, there will be time for questions and discussion.

Thursday, 10 Nov 2016

Enduring Vietnam: Reflections on a War and Those Who Served - James Wright
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - James Wright, President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College, is the author of Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America's Wars and Those Who Fought Them. President Wright, a Marine veteran, was a leader in the establishment of an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans offered through the American Council on Education. He also worked with several U.S. Senators to double college benefits for troops and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill. Wright retired as President of Dartmouth in 2009. He is currently working on a book about about the human face of the Vietnam War. National Affairs Series