From Wall Street to the Front Lines of Women's Health – Suzanna de Baca

Monday, 02 Mar 2015 at 7:00pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union
Suzanna de Baca is the new president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. She brings to the position more than 20 years of executive leadership at public, privately held and not-for-profit organizations, most recently as vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial. Suzanna de Baca has been recognized in national media as an industry expert in finance, with particular expertise in women’s and LGBT issues, and the intersection of health and money. An industry veteran, she has held senior-level management positions at several leading financial services firms. Raised on a farm near Huxley, de Baca received her BA from Iowa State and then completed her MBA studies at the Harvard University School of Business Administration.

Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015

Researching & Reporting Complex Environmental Stories - A Conversation with Dan Fagin
12:00 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - Join Dan Fagin, author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, for an informal discussion about science writing and writing about the environment. Fagin is an award-winning investigative and scientific journalist who directs New York University's graduate program in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting. His book Toms River won the the 2014 Pulitzer for General Nonfiction and the National Academies Science Book Award. Kelly Slivka, a graduate student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment, will moderate the discussion.

What Was in the Water? Toxic Dumping in Toms River - Dan Fagin
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dan Fagin is an investigative reporter, prize-winning science journalist, and the author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, which won the 2014 Pulitzer for General Nonfiction and the National Academies Science Book Award. Fagin weaves together science and statistical analysis with investigative reporting to tell this community's story of industrial pollution, its subsequent cancer epidemic, and a decades-long fight for answers. Dan Fagin is a professor of journalism at New York University and director of the graduate program in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting. He is also the author of Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law and Endangers Your Health. Part of the Creative Writing Program's Environmental Imagination Series

Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015

Sexual Assault on Campus: A Conservative Perspective - Katie Pavlich
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Katie Pavlich is a political commentator for FOX News and author of Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women. She joined FOX in 2013 and is a frequent panelist on the network's Outnumbered, which features four female panelists and one rotating male who tackle top headlines from all angles and perspectives. Pavlich is also the news editor for Townhall.com and a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism and is a current National Review Washington Fellow. As a reporter, she has covered topics ranging from the 2012 presidential election to the Second Amendment and border issues.

Thursday, 5 Mar 2015

Blurring the Boundaries
7:00 PM – 2019 Morrill Hall - Dan Corson is an award-winning public artist from Seattle who uses his background in art and theatrical design to create installations filled with drama, light and engaging viewer interactions. Corson will discuss several of his past, present and upcoming projects.

The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language - John McWhorter
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - John McWhorter is the author of numerous books on how language shapes the way we think, including What Language Is (and What It Isn’t and What It Could Be) and Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: Untold Stories in the History of English. In his new book, The Language Hoax, he challenges the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, arguing that language reflects culture and worldview, not the other way around. McWhorter earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University and taught previously at Cornell University and the University of California, Berkeley, before joining Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music. He also writes for TIME Magazine. The Quentin Johnson Lecture in Linguistics

Physical Inactivity: Should We Consider It a Disease? - Michael Joyner
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Michael Joyner is a physician-researcher and a leading voice in the world of exercise physiology. His work focuses on understanding how our bodies respond to various forms of physical and mental stress during exercise, looking in particular at blood flow to muscle and skin and blood pressure and blood glucose regulation. He has a medical degree from the University of Arizona and completed his residency and research training at Mayo Clinic, where he has held numerous leadership positions and continues to practice anesthesiology. Joyner has been a consultant to NASA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which has funded his research since 1993. The 2015 Pease Family Scholar

Friday, 6 Mar 2015

ISCORE Keynote Address on Race and Ethnicity - Kathleen Wong(Lau)
12:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kathleen Wong(Lau) is the director of the University of Oklahoma’s Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. She has done consulting and training on diversity and inclusion in university settings and the private corporate sector, and has published research on structural inequality within higher education and best practices for addressing multicultural leadership within institutions. Wong(Lau) was previously at Michigan State University, where she worked with administrators in the College of Veterinary Medicine to design a model for intercultural education, diversity and inclusion for faculty, staff and students. She has also served as a curriculum writer, facilitator, and board member for Campus Women Lead, a national women's leadership group affiliated with the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Part of the 2015 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, ISCORE

Monday, 9 Mar 2015

My Electric Genealogy - Sarah Kanouse
4:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Sarah Kanouse is an interdisciplinary artist and writer examining the politics of landscape and public space. Her research-based creative projects trace the production of space through ecological, historical, and legal forces. This performative presentation weaves together images, objects, and personal accounts to explore aging electrical infrastructure as inter-generational climate debt. An Associate Professor of Intermedia and Dean’s Scholar at the University of Iowa, Kanouse teaches courses in video/time-based media and art and ecology. The Goldtrap Lecture in English

The State of the Promised Land - Norman Finkelstein
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Norman Finkelstein is a political scientist, activist, professor, and author. He writes about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust, an interest motivated by the experiences of his parents who were Jewish Holocaust survivors. Finkelstein is the author of ten books, including What Gandhi Says About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage; The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years;and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict. He received his PhD in political science from Princeton University and currently teaches at Sakarya University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Turkey.