The Underground Girls of Kabul – Jenny NordbergThursday, 05 Feb 2015 at 8:00pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union
Jenny Nordberg is an investigative reporter and author of the book The Underground Girls of Kabul. She will discuss the practice of bacha posh - disguising young girls as boys in gender-segregated Afghanistan - revealing new aspects of the practice and going deep into the resistance among Afghan women. Nordberg's front-page stories have been published in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and she is also developing bachaposh.com as an online resource for girls who have grown up as boys due to segregation. She is a New York-based foreign correspondent and a columnist for Swedish national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, and holds a B.A. in Law and Journalism from Stockholm University, and an M.A. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security.
Monday, 9 Feb 2015
Kiev, Ukraine: From the Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-14 - Roman Cybriwsky
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Roman Cybriwsky will discuss his new book about the recent unrest and violence in Ukraine, and how the mismanagement, corruption, and inequality of its capital, Kiev, helped create a civic revolt which led to the collapse of a national government. Cybriwsky is a professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, and in 2010 he was named Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy where he conducted research for his recent book, Kyiv, Ukraine: The City of Domes and Demons from the Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-14. World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security.
Monday, 16 Feb 2015
**RESCHEDULED for March 9** - The State of the Promised Land -Norman Finkelstein
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Norman Finkelstein is a political scientist, activist, professor, and author. His primary fields of research are the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust, an interest motivated by the experiences of his parents who were Jewish Holocaust survivors.
Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015
Honor & Sacrifice: Remembering a Japanese-American Hero - Documentary & Discussion with Filmmaker Lucy Ostrander
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Honor and Sacrifice tells the story of Roy Matsumoto, one of many Japanese Americans who enlisted in the U.S. military while detained in internment camps during World War II. Matsumoto became a decorated war hero. He was instrumental in saving his battalion, which was starving and surrounded by Japanese fighters deep in the Burmese jungle. He was eventually sent to postwar Japan, where he found members of his family still alive in Hiroshima despite the nuclear bomb attack that had devastated the city. Filmmakers Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers use archival footage and family photographs to illustrate this immigrant family's experience and the many internal conflicts and ironies Japanese-American enlistees experienced during and in the aftermath of the Second World War. Day of Remembrance Event A panel discussion with filmmaker Lucy Ostrander will immediately follow the 28-minute film. She will be joined by Jane Dusselier, director of the Asian American Studies Program, and Neil Nakadate, Professor Emeritus of English; and Grace Amemiya, Ames resident and former internee.
Breaking into and Surviving a Career in Game Development – Keith Fuller
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Keith Fuller has more than fifteen years of experience in the game design industry as a developer, project manager, producer and now consultant. He will share what it means to be a professional game developer and the perks and pitfalls of the industry culture. Fuller began his video game career programming his Atari home computer in grade school, and many years later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a computer science degree, landing a job with a small game company before joining Raven Software. Some of the games he has contributed to include: Call of Duty: Black Ops, Wolfenstein, Singularity, X-Men Legends, Quake 4, and Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force. He is also the author of Beyond Critical, a collection of research, observations, and recommendations designed to improve leadership in the field.
Thursday, 19 Feb 2015
Shattered Image: Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder - Brian Cuban
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Brian Cuban is a an author whose best-selling book Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder chronicles his first-hand experiences living with eating disorders and body dysmorphia disorder (BDD). Cuban, an activist, television host, and lawyer by training, battled the illness for more than thirty years, becoming increasingly preoccupied with his negative self image and obsessed with fixing his perceived flaws at any cost. The book chronicles the bullying he experienced as a child and the behaviors that slowly developed and took him into the abyss of depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and eating disorders, nearly causing him to take his own life at the age of forty-four. Eating Disorder and Body Image Awareness Week
Monday, 23 Feb 2015
Green Chemistry: Helping Create a Safer, More Sustainable Future - John Warner
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - A reception and poster session will precede the lecture at 7pm in the South Ballroom. John Warner is one of the founders of green chemistry, which seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials at the design stage of a materials process. His work has had implications for a variety of products and manufacturing processes, from computer chips to paint and biodegradable plastics to cholesterol medicine. Warner started the world's first green chemistry PhD program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2004 and is co-author of the seminal text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. In 2008, he chaired the Science Advisory Committee of California's Green Chemistry Initiative, which recently released landmark policy recommendations seeking to eliminate or reduce the use of toxic substances in products and manufacturing processes. He is currently president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, which he founded with Jim Babcock in 2007. University Symposium on Sustainability Keynote Address
Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015
Caterpillar's Journey to Sustainability - Tim Lindsey
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development at Caterpillar, has over thirty years experience associated with helping organizations become more sustainable by improving processes, products, and systems with respect to their energy, water, and materials utilization. He is an accomplished program and project manager with experience in multiple industrial sectors, including: energy processing, food processing, agriculture, biofuels, chemical processing, electronics, machining, metal forming, metal finishing, and die-casting. Dr. Lindsey has helped hundreds of corporate and public sector interests improve their economic, environmental and social sustainability through state-of-the-art training and technical assistance services. He is a nationally recognized expert regarding the development of techniques to facilitate the implementation and diffusion of innovative alternative energy and sustainability practices. He has produced multiple publications on energy efficiency, alternative energy, alternative fuels development and sustainability. University Symposium on Sustainability
Thursday, 26 Feb 2015
National Security and Human Rights - Panel Discussion
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Panelists will discuss how the United States can maintain national security ethically and legally, while managing the delicate balance of national security, foreign policy, and human rights. Specific topics will include the Senate Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program and drone strikes within the terms of engagement adopted by the Obama administration. Panelists include Bioethics Program Director and philosophy professor Clark Wolf and political science professor Jim McCormick. National Affairs Series on Innovation.
Friday, 27 Feb 2015
This Is Sparta! Ancient Government in the Modern Classroom - Mike Lippman
4:00 PM – Gallery, Memorial Union - What would happen if your classroom functioned as a true democracy? Would your classmates prioritize individual choice or put aside personal preferences for the greater good? Professor Mike Lippman discusses a new method of experiential learning that allows students to see how the material learned in their Classics courses applies to their daily experiences, both as students and citizens. Lippman is an assistant professor of Practice, Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a finalist for several national and regional collegiate-level teaching awards.