Sex Trafficking in the USA – Documentary & Discussion

Tuesday, 08 Sep 2015 at 7:00pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union
"Sex Trafficking in the USA" is the first episode of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's new documentary, A Path Appears. The Department of Justice estimates that there are 300,000 children at risk of being trafficked into sexual slavery in the United States. Reporters Kristof and WuDunn introduce us to the complex circumstances behind these shocking numbers and some of the survivors. We meet Shana, who was first sold to a pimp by her mother at the age of 12; Maria, a mother who discovers her 15-year-old daughter being sold through backpage.com; and Savannah, who was stalked by an older man and then sold and held in sexual bondage. Kristof and WuDunn also document growing efforts to reshape law enforcement’s response to prostitution and trafficking and the work of anti-trafficking organizations to make rehabilitation services and programs available and create hope for survivors. Part of the National Affairs Series

A discussion will follow the 84-minute film.

Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Free Speech, Same-Sex Marriage and Lethal Injections - Panel Discussion
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Panelists discussing recent Supreme Court rulings include Drake Constitutional Law Center Director Mark Kende, ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis and Dirk Deam, senior lecturer in Political Science. Iowa State Bioethics Program Director Clark Wolf will moderate. Constitution Day Event and part of the National Affairs Series: When American Values Are in Conflict

Monday, 14 Sep 2015

Why We Should Care About the World & Want to Change It - Nicholas Kristof
8:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - Doors open at 7:15 | Free admission | No tickets required Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times, co-authored two bestselling books that inspired PBS documentaries: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. The documentaries are part of the Global Women and Girls Lead Initiative to promote women’s empowerment worldwide. In addition, Kristof and journalist Sheryl WuDunn work to support local programs for women and children around the globe through their Half the Sky Movement and other partner initiatives. Kristof graduated from Harvard University, studied law at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and later studied Arabic in Cairo and Chinese in Taipei. He has traveled extensively, beginning as a student backpacking around Africa and Asia, writing articles to cover his expenses. He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 140 countries. His op-ed column for he New York Times appears twice a week. Part of the World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security

Tuesday, 15 Sep 2015

The Encyclical of Pope Francis on Ecology - Anne Clifford
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Anne Clifford, Msgr. James A. Supple Chair in Catholic Studies at Iowa State, will examine Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on ecology in anticipation of his visit to the United States. Attention will be given to the question Pope Francis poses to “all people about our common home,” “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us” and to his responses to this urgent question. Anne Clifford earned a Ph.D. from the School of Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America and has held faculty positions at Duquesne University and John Carroll University. She is also a past-president of the College Theology Society.Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series.

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015

The Dating Doctor's Advice: Finding Romance with Confidence, Happiness and Respect - David Coleman
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Relationship expert David Coleman is known worldwide as The Dating Doctor. He has been speaking on college campuses for more than twenty years about the complexities of dating, relationships, romance and sex. His books Making Relationships Matter, Date Smart! and 101 Great Dates are filled with anecdotes, strategies and ideas to help expand one's relationships and potential. David Coleman has been honored numerous times as National Speaker of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine and the National Association for Campus Activities. A frequent guest on national radio and television programs, he has also been featured in such publications as Us Magazine, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The New York Times.

Thursday, 17 Sep 2015

Science in an Age of Doubters & Deniers - Carl Zimmer
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Carl Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. In addition to his column for the New York Times, he is the author of twelve books about science: Soul Made Flesh, a history of neuroscience; Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea; At the Water's Edge, a book about major transitions in the history of life; The Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins; Parasite Rex; Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life; Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed; A Planet of Viruses; and The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution, the first textbook about evolution intended for non-majors. He also coauthored Evolution: Making Sense of Life, a book for biology majors. Part of the National Affairs Series on When American Values Are In Conflict.

Sunday, 20 Sep 2015

Haze - Documentary & Discussion
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - The documentary Haze examines college drinking culture in America, including the 2004 death of college freshman Gordie Bailey following a fraternity hazing incident at the University of Colorado. The film sheds light on the severity of college binge drinking and hazing through graphic images filmed at campus parties, during emergency medical calls, and from police files. A Q&A and discussion will immediately follow the 36-minute film.

Monday, 21 Sep 2015

Catch Me If You Can - Frank Abagnale
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Frank Abagnale, a former con artist whose crimes inspired the memoir and movie Catch Me If You Can, is one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. Following his five-year prison term, he was released after agreeing to help the FBI as an expert on fraud, going from a successful con artist to one of the world's top authorities on fraud prevention, and discussing the latest safeguards to protect organizations from fraud, identity theft and other cybercrimes. His security programs are used by more than 14,000 institutions worldwide. Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture Series

Thursday, 24 Sep 2015

Student Debt Forum - Documentary & Discussion
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - A forum focused on how Iowa State students can better manage student and personal debt will follow a screening of the film Default: The Student Loan Documentary (27 min). The film, which first aired on PBS in 2011, tells the stories of students who made enormous sacrifices to better their lives through higher education and found themselves in the situation of having to make monthly loan payments that were sometimes higher than their gross income. It also examines the cost of college tuition, the power of the private lending industry, and the consequences college debt and student loan default can have for a career, home ownership, and financial independence. Panelists include Jonathan Fox, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies and director of the Student Counseling Clinic; Roberta Johnson, Director of Student Financial Aid, and others. Part of the Ethics of Debt Symposium

Monday, 28 Sep 2015

100 Voices Leading for Change - Onalie Ariyabandhu
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Iowa State graduate Onalie Ariyabandhu is a Social Change Entrepreneur of United Nations Population Fund in her home country, Sri Lanka. She will discuss its new "100 Voices Leading for Change" social change initiative aimed at mobilizing national youth networks to combat gender-based violence in Sri Lanka. Ariyabandhu earned her BSc. in economics, international studies and environmental studies from Iowa State, where she was president of the International Student Council. She and her family survived the horrific tsunami that hit Sri Lanka in 2004. She later wrote an award-winning essay about the experience.