Wild – An Evening with Cheryl Strayed

Thursday, 15 Sep 2016 at 7:00pm – 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, 12 Sep 2016

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016

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

Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

Moving Habitats: Polar Bears, Arctic Sea Ice and Conservation - 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

Thursday, 29 Sep 2016

Paul Collier - Author of THE BOTTOM BILLION
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Economist Paul Collier is an expert on developing markets and the author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. His most recent book is Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World. Collier is director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank. He served previously as director of the World Bank's Development Research Group. Part of the World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security

Monday, 3 Oct 2016

Canada and the USA: Protecting North American Security Together - Roy Norton
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Roy Norton is Consul General of Canada in Chicago where he promotes Canadian interests in trade, investments, the environment, culture and academic relations. Norton previously worked in the Canadian Parliament and was Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Foreign Minister. He also worked as a consultant to the Canadian Departments of Foreign Affairs and Industry and to several private sector firms. He holds both a PhD in international relations and a master's degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He also earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security

Monday, 10 Oct 2016

2016 Norman Borlaug Lecture
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced. A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union. Posters will address world food issues and are submitted by undergraduate and graduate students.

Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016

My Life on the Road - Gloria Steinem
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Gloria Steinem is a feminist icon, social activist, writer, editor, and champion of women's rights since the late 1960s. She helped create both New York and Ms. magazines, helped form the National Women's Political Caucus, and is the author of many books, including the collection of essays Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Revolution from Within, Moving Beyond Words and her memoir, My Life on the Road, detailing her more than thirty years as a feminist organizer.

Thursday, 20 Oct 2016

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center - Speaker to be announced.

Tuesday, 1 Nov 2016

An Evening with Margaret Atwood
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Margaret Atwood is an author, poet and environmental activist whose work is widely known for its commentary on the human condition and female experience. Her more than forty books include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, and The Heart Goes Last. Her MaddAddam trilogy, which began with the Oryx and Crake, is currently being adapted into an HBO series. Her forthcoming book, Hag-Seed, is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Atwood's many international literary awards include the prestigious Booker Prize for contemporary fiction, Arthur C. Clarke Award in science fiction and the Governor General's Award for fiction in her native Canada. Atwood's critical acclaim is equally matched by her popularity among readers and following on Twitter.