Incognito: On Race, Identity and Self Discovery – Michael Fosberg

Thursday, 08 Sep 2016 at 7:00pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union
Michael Fosberg grew up in a white working-class family outside of Chicago, raised by his biological mother and adoptive father. When he was in his early thirties his parents divorced, inspiring him to track down his biological father. During a phone call, Michael learned "a couple of things I'm sure your mother never told you:" first, that his father had not forgotten him and, second, that he is African American. This life-changing event led to a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Fosberg uses his autobiographical play, Incognito, to probe his past, his family's reaction, and our country's difficulty in understanding and discussing identity, race, and heritage. The unique presentation is followed by a discussion about the meaning of race and identity and the importance of embracing diversity.

Monday, 12 Sep 2016

How Capitalism Will Save Us - Steve Forbes
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Steve Forbes is chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, whose flagship publication is the nation’s leading business magazine. Forbes, combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions, reaches a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers, and has become a destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors. Steve Forbes is the author or coauthor of several books, including most recently Reviving America. A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the Crystal Owl Award four times, a prize given to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts proved most accurate. 
In 1996 and 2000, he campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination with a platform that included a flat tax, medical savings accounts, and a new Social Security system for working Americans.

Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Thursday, 15 Sep 2016

Wild - An Evening with Cheryl Strayed
7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - Doors open at 6:15 - Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. The book and 2014 movie adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon recounts how at age 22, shattered by her mother's death and the end of her young marriage, Strayed decides to confront her emotional pain by trekking more than 1,000 miles from the Mojave Desert to the Oregon-Washington border. Now in her forties, Strayed is the cohost with Steve Almond of Dear Sugar Radio, an advice podcast for the lost, lonely and heartsick produced by WBUR Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University. Her other books include the advice essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things and the novel Torch. She is also a regular columnist for the New York Time Book Review.

Monday, 19 Sep 2016

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Constitution Day Event to be announced.

Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

Polar Bears: An Arctic Icon in a Changing Climate - Andrew Derocher
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Andrew Derocher is a professor of biology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and a longtime scientific advisor to Polar Bears International. His field research focuses on polar bears in the Canadian Arctic and the polar bears of Hudson Bay. He has also worked with polar bears in Svalbard, Norway, through the Norwegian Polar Institute. Over the course of more than 20 years studying polar bears, Dr. Derocher's research has focused on the limiting and regulating factors of polar bear populations including habitat use, harvest effects, and predator-prey relationships. His current work includes assessment of the effects of climate change and toxic chemicals on polar bears. He is the author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Chamberlin Lecture in Journalism. Speaker to be announced.

Thursday, 29 Sep 2016

Rethinking the Refugee Crisis - Paul Collier
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Economist Paul Collier is an expert on developing markets and the author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. His most recent book is Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World. Collier is director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank. He served previously as director of the World Bank's Development Research Group. Part of the World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security

Monday, 3 Oct 2016

Canada and the USA: Protecting North American Security Together - Roy Norton
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Roy Norton is Consul General of Canada in Chicago where he promotes Canadian interests in trade, investments, the environment, culture and academic relations. Norton previously worked in the Canadian Parliament and was Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Foreign Minister. He also worked as a consultant to the Canadian Departments of Foreign Affairs and Industry and to several private sector firms. He holds both a PhD in international relations and a master's degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He also earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security