The Grandmother Hypothesis and Human Evolution – Kristen Hawkes

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 at 6:00pm – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall
Kristen Hawkes is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a graduate of Iowa State. She will discuss her research on the Grandmother Hypothesis, the theory that the trait for human females having long post-menopausal lives has been selected because it allows grandmothers to help their offspring survive and assist in raising their grandchildren. The theory focuses on key differences in life history between humans and our closest living relatives, the great apes. Hawkes's research also focuses on the evolutionary advantages and consequences of grandmothering, which include more than just longevity.

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016

Free Trade and Business at the Border - Tom Fullerton & Alberto Davila
7:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Tom Fullerton and Alberto Davila will discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement-NAFTA, including cross-border trade, the border economy, and its impact on labor markets and business. Both are graduates of the Iowa State Department of Economics. Tom Fullerton is a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and holds the Endowed Trade in the Americas Chair in the UTEP College of Business Administration. His work focuses on border economics, econometrics and regional forecasting. Alberto Davila is Associate Dean and V.F. "Doc" and Gertrude Neuhaus Chair for Entrepreneurship in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a labor economist with a focus on the U.S.-Mexico border. Part of the Economics Forum and World Affairs Series

Thursday, 27 Oct 2016

The Age of Trolls - Joel Stein
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Joel Stein, author of the recent TIME magazine cover story "Why We're Losing the Internet to a Culture of Hate," will discuss how trolling on the Internet is infecting our real-life interactions, including politics. In addition to sharing the horrific messages he's received personally on Twitter and email, Stein, a longtime journalist, will share his perspective on how we can reverse the trend of a cyberculture that is growing meaner and more threatening. Joel Stein has written a weekly humor column for TIME since 1998, as well as fourteen other cover stories. He contributes frequently to national television and print media, including such publications as The New Yorker, GQ, Businessweek, Wired and the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. National Affairs Series: When American Values Are in Conflict

Tuesday, 1 Nov 2016

Which Future? Fiction and the Everything Change - Margaret Atwood
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - "I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it the everything change." - Margaret Atwood 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.

Monday, 7 Nov 2016

A Conversation on Safety, Justice and Students of Color
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join us for a proactive discussion designed to raise awareness and understanding about the issues people of color face, especially in their interactions with law enforcement. Students and others on campus are invited to share personal experiences, including how national events and media coverage have had an impact on their lives and community. Panelists include Department of Public Safety Interim Police Chief Aaron Delashmutt, Ames Police Chief Charles Cychosz, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Reginald Stewart, and Student Counseling Services psychologist Dr. Raghav Suri. Monic Behnken, assistant professor of sociology, will moderate.

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2016

Fighting Modern Slavery - Yonas Tesfay & Josiah Carter
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Yonas Tesfay, director of Hope for Children in Ethiopia, and Josiah Carter, Beza Threads, will share their experiences dealing with the complex issue of modern child slavery and explain how their organizations are finding solutions through social entrepreneurism and sustainable practices. Hope for Children in Ethiopia is a community-based organization which works side-by-side with community members to provide holistic care and support for children. Beza Threads partners with victims of slavery to support them in a journey toward independence and personal stability. After sharing stories of those rescued from slavery in Ethiopia, there will be time for questions and discussion.

Thursday, 10 Nov 2016

Enduring Vietnam: Reflections on a War and Those Who Served - James Wright
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - James Wright, President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College, is the author of Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America's Wars and Those Who Fought Them. President Wright, a Marine veteran, was a leader in the establishment of an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans offered through the American Council on Education. He also worked with several U.S. Senators to double college benefits for troops and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill. Wright retired as President of Dartmouth in 2009. He is currently working on a book about about the human face of the Vietnam War. National Affairs Series

Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016

*To Be Rescheduled* - Rap, Race, Reality & Technology | Chuck D
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - TO BE RESCHEDULED - Check back for the new spring-semester date! Chuck D is leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy and is known for creating politically charged and socially conscious hip hop music. As a rapper, producer, author, and social activist, Chuck D delivers a powerful message about race, rage and inequality. He is a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. He is also co-author of Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality. Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture with the release of Public Enemy's debut album, Yo Bum Rush The Show, in 1987. Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Thursday, 17 Nov 2016

The Science of Running: Linking Biomechanics and Energy Cost - Rodger Kram
7:00 PM – 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Rodger Kram, an associate professor of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss how the biomechanics of walking and running are linked to energy expenditure. His research considers such factors as body weight, propulsive force, and arm and leg movements. He will also address how energy cost changes with age, speed, hills, shoes and leg prostheses. In addition to humans, Kram has studied the locomotion of many other animal species including ants, antelopes, penguins, kangaroos and elephants. Pease Family Scholar in Kinesiology

Monday, 30 Jan 2017

A Deeper Black: Race in America - Ta-Nehisi Coates
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where his cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," struck a national chord. His latest book, Between the World and Me, is written in the form of a letter to his teenage son about the challenges he will face growing up black in America. Coates is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about growing up in Baltimore with a father who was a Vietnam vet and Black Panther with his own underground black press. Coates is Journalist in Residence at the School of Journalism at CUNY and a former writer for The Village Voice, and a contributor to Time, O, and The New York Times Magazine. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote