A Deeper Black: Race in America – Ta–Nehisi Coates

Monday, 30 Jan 2017 at 7:00pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where his cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," struck a national chord. His latest book, Between the World and Me, is written in the form of a letter to his teenage son about the challenges he will face growing up black in America. Coates is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about growing up in Baltimore with a father who was a Vietnam vet and Black Panther with his own underground black press. Coates is Journalist in Residence at the School of Journalism at CUNY and a former writer for The Village Voice, and a contributor to Time, O, and The New York Times Magazine. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote

Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017

Let Freedom Ring - Carillon Concert
11:50 AM – Central Campus - A carillon concert in honor of Dr. King. Tin-Shi Tam, carilloneur. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series

Monday, 16 Jan 2017

Ames Community Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
6:00 PM – Ames Middle School, 3915 Mortensen Road - Celebrate with song, story and birthday cake. An Ames tradition! After sharing birthday cake, the program begins at 6:30 pm. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series.

Thursday, 19 Jan 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Legacy Convocation
3:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and learn how his global vision of equality for everyone remains relevant today. The Advancing One Community Awards will also be presented. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series.

Thursday, 26 Jan 2017

Rap, Race, Reality & Technology - Chuck D
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Chuck D is leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy and is known for creating politically charged and socially conscious hip hop music. As a rapper, producer, author, and social activist, Chuck D delivers a powerful message about race, rage and inequality. He is a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. He is also co-author of Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality. Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture with the release of Public Enemy's debut album, Yo Bum Rush The Show, in 1987. Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Thursday, 2 Feb 2017

Good for Business, Good for the Planet - Rick Ridgeway
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Rick Ridgeway is Vice President of Public Engagement at Patagonia, where he represents and promotes the company’s core values with external stakeholders including NGO’s, trade organizations, academics and universities, and government agencies. In this role he is one of Patagonia’s key spokespersons in all its global markets. During his 12-year tenure at the company he has developed and launched environmental and sustainability initiatives including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign and Worn Wear. He also was founding chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition that today is the largest apparel, footwear and home textile trade organization in the world creating the Higg Index, a suite of standardized tools to measure sustainability and produce industry benchmarks for continual impact reductions. Bacon Center for Business Ethics Lecture

Monday, 6 Feb 2017

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

Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017

Redefining Global and National Security - Col. (Ret) Lawrence Wilkerson
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Col. (Ret) Lawrence Wilkerson was Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff from 2002 to 2005. He was also associate director of the State Department's policy planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard Haass. During his thirty-one years in the U.S. Army he served as Deputy Executive Officer to then-General Colin Powell when he commanded the U.S. Army Forces Command, and Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary. Part of the World Affairs Series

Thursday, 16 Feb 2017

Engineering to Win! - Bisi Ezerioha
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Bisi Ezerioha is a race car driver, high-performance engineer, and CEO of his own company, Bisimoto Engineering. A chemical engineer by training, he was a pharmaceutical researcher for years before he applied his engineering skills to the pursuit of creating ridiculously fast cars. Ezerioha is credited with building the most powerful naturally aspirated, single-overhead-cam Honda engines in the world. His automotive creations have appeared in numerous video games and films, including Fast and Furious 7. Engineers' Week

Monday, 20 Feb 2017

In the Shadow of Charleston: Reflections on Race, Racism and Racial Violence - Keisha Blain
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Keisha Blain is co-editor of The Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence, a newly published overview of race relations, racial violence, and civil rights activism in the United States and other parts of the world. The collection was designed to provide both historical and contemporary contexts for the 2015 shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, that killed nine people. Blain is a visiting research scholar in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and is on the faculty at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Department of History. Her interdisciplinary work centers on 20th-century United States history, African American history, the modern African diaspora, and women’s and gender studies.