Thursday, 8 Sep 2016

Incognito: On Race, Identity and Self Discovery - Michael Fosberg
7:00 PM – 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

Too Creative for Science? - Ahna Skop
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Ahna Skop is geneticist, artist and a winner of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. She is also nationally known for using art to inform her scientific work on the mechanisms of cell division (cytokinesis) to understand human diseases, such as cancer and age-related disorders. Skop is an associate professor in genetics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her science and art have been featured by Apple and Science, and her work can be seen in the main entrance of the Genetics/Biotechnology Center building on the UW-Madison campus. For the past fifteen years she has organized an annual Worm Art Show for the International C. elegans Meeting.

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
5:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom - Marti MacGibbon
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Marti MacGibbon is a certified addiction treatment professional, trafficking survivor, and standup comic. A remarkable speaker and storyteller, she shares simple, effective strategies that anyone can use to overcome adversity, get back on track, reduce stress, and cultivate a sense of humor. MacGibbon speaks from personal experience. She hit rock bottom in every possible way as a hard-core drug addict and was trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime. As an empowered survivor and advocate, MacGibbon has spoken at the White House and the U.S. Department of State and written a memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.

Thursday, 15 Sep 2016

A Wild Life - 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
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Part of Latino Heritage Month. Speaker to be announced.

Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016

The Constitution & Separation of Powers - A Congressional Perspective
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - What happens when the actions of one branch of the federal government - Legislative, Executive or Judicial - appears to unconstitutionally intrude upon the powers of another branch? This concern is a recurring theme for voters and campaigns during this presidential election year, so please join the dialogue. Panel members include: Edward Mezvinsky, a Democrat who represented Iowa's 1st congressional district in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977, served on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings. He will be joined by a former Republican colleague. The discussion is a part of the Congress-to-Campus Program sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. James McCormick, professor in the Iowa State Political Science Department, will moderate. Constitution Day Event

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