Is There Evidence of God from Contemporary Science? – Fr. Robert Spitzer

Monday, 25 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union
Fr. Robert Spitzer served as president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. A Catholic priest and Jesuit, he is the author of eight books, including New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy . He appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe,” where he responds to viewer questions on a range of subjects, including reason, faith, suffering, and the existence of God. He has made many other TV appearances, including The History Channel’s “God and The Universe,” the PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow on Larry King Live. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017

Why Intelligent Design is NOT Science - Hector Avalos
6:30 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Hector Avalos is Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Health Care and the Rise of Christianity (1999), Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence (2005), and The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics (2015). Born in Mexico, he received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School.  In 1991, he became the first Mexican-American to receive a doctorate in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies from Harvard. Atheist and Agnostic Society Fall Lecture   

Thursday, 28 Sep 2017

Vanishing Vaquitas: Lessons from a Humble Porpoise - Barbara Taylor
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Barbara Taylor, a conservation biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center, is actively involved with recent efforts to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise found only in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California. Her discussion of the vaquita’s rapid population decline will address broader themes of ocean and coastal conservation, international politics and what individuals can do to protect endangered species. Barbara Taylor leads the center’s Marine Mammal Genetics Program and researches how genetic data can be used in population analysis and conservation. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017

Portrait of America: How Demographic Change and Economic Inequality Are Reshaping Society - John Iceland
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - John Iceland is Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State University. His research and teaching interests lie in demography, social inequality, and immigration. He has authored four books on these issues: Race and Ethnicity in America (2017), Portrait of America (2014), Poverty in America (3rd edition in 2013), and Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States (2009). He is currently co-editor of the journal Demography and vice president-elect of the Population Association of America. Iceland served previously as Chief of the Poverty and Health Statistics Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau and was on the faculty at the University of Maryland before joining Penn State. George M. Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology

Thursday, 5 Oct 2017

A Tale of Resiliency, Entrepreneurship and the Value of Mentors - Joe Kerns
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Joe Kerns of Ames-based Kerns and Associates has been a consultant in agricultural operations and the animal production industry for more than twenty-five years. The company’s clients include producers, veterinarians, packers, researchers, and mill operators from more than a dozen states. Kerns advises on procurement and risk management activities related to a range of operations, commodity markets, nutritional factors impacting production, and operational sustainability, leadership, and ownership. Prior to this consulting venture, he directed risk management activities for industry leaders such as ADM, Premium Standard Farms, Continental Grain, and Iowa Select Farms. Kerns is a graduate of Iowa State, where he earned a degree in agricultural business. William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture and part of CALS Week

Back to the Future: The Social Justice Origins and Future of Latinx Studies - Ginetta Candelario
8:00 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Ginetta Candelario is professor of sociology and Latin American & Latino/a Studies at Smith College, where her teaching focuses on race and ethnicity in the Americas, Latina/o communities in the United States and Latin American, and Latina feminist activism. Her research interests include Dominican history and society, especially Dominican identity formation. Candelario has been a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic twice, most recently in 2016, and is the author of Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops. Latino/a Heritage Month

Friday, 6 Oct 2017

Financial Regulation and Reform - Michael Piwowar
11:00 AM – Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Michael Piwowar was appointed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2013 and currently serves as Acting Chairman of the Commission. He was the Republican chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the lead Republican economist on the four SEC-related titles of the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act. During the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath, Piwowar served as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations. His first tenure at the SEC was in the Office of Economic Analysis as a visiting academic scholar on leave from Iowa State University, where he was an assistant professor of finance.  Stafford Lecture on Banking.

Monday, 9 Oct 2017

National Defense and International Security - Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is Director of Operational Capability Requirements and Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon. He is responsible for developing and evaluating requirements for Air Force-wide modernization programs, including fighters, bombers, space systems, missile defense and cyber requirements.   Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Plans and Policy at U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, where he oversaw the development and implementation of national security policy, military strategy, as well as development of the nation’s strategic war plan. General Crosier attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988 after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. Part of the World Affairs Series

Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017

Controversy and the U.S. Supreme Court - A Panel Discussion
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Panelists discussing recent Supreme Court rulings include ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis and Dirk Deam, senior lecturer in Political Science. They will also discuss any shift in the balance of the court caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the appointment of Neil Gorsuch. Iowa State Bioethics Program Director and philosophy professor Clark Wolf, an expert in philosophy of the law, will moderate. Constitution Day Event

Thursday, 12 Oct 2017

It's What I Do - Lynsey Addario
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who has covered conflicts and humanitarian crises in Iraq, Darfur, South Sudan, Congo, and Libya, where she was one of four journalists held captive by the Libyan Army. Named one of the most influential photographers of the past 25 years, she received a Pulitzer Prize for her work documenting life under the Taliban in Afghanistan as well as a MacArthur Fellowship. Her recent work includes Syrian refugees, ISIS’s push into Iraq, and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Lynsey Addario’s New York Times bestselling memoir, It's What I Do, is being made into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Steven Spielberg.Part of the World Affairs Series