Corn and Khrushchev: A Brief History of Iowa Agriculture – Liz Garst

Monday, 03 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union
Liz Garst, granddaughter of the famous Iowa farmers and citizen diplomats Roswell and Elizabeth Garst, shares how it came to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst family farm in 1959. Her talk includes a history of agricultural development in Iowa, including the mid-century explosion of farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers and livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. Liz Garst manages banking and farming interests for the Garst family and is a board member and volunteer for Whiterock Conservancy, a non-profit land trust near Coon Rapids dedicated to finding balance between agriculture, the environment and people.

Wednesday, 5 Oct 2016

William K. Deal Leadership Lecture: Growth Comes When You Least Expect It - Jim Collins
7:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Jim Collins is executive vice president at DuPont. He currently leads the company's agricultural segment and is managing DuPont's integration with Dow AgroSciences. During his more than thirty years with the company, Collins has held leadership roles with the Crop Protection division as well as DuPont's Industrial Biosciences business, where he led the $7 billion acquisition and integration of Danisco. He began his career as a young chemical engineer in DuPont Manufacturing and has since worked in operations, sales, and marketing and had corporate responsibility for government affairs, communications, and international business management in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. William K. Deal Leadership Lecture and part of CALS Week

Thursday, 6 Oct 2016

How We Got Here: Challenges & Achievements - A Conversation with Black Alumni
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - African American alumni will have an honest discussion about the challenges they faced at Iowa State as well as describe the support they received and the sense of community they were able to develop that led to their achievements on campus and in their careers. Modupe Labode is Public Scholar of African American History and Museums and an associate professor of history and museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University. Keecha Harris is president of KHA Inc., a consulting firm specializing in evaluation and organizational development for nutrition and public health support services. Mohamed Omer switched from a crime-fighting forensic chemist to innovative product development in the private sector, recently stepping down as Associate Vice President for Strategic Foresight & Innovation at L'Oréal. Celia Naylor, professor of History and Africana Studies at Barnard College, was the Margaret Sloss Women's Center director from 1993-1997, and will be participating in the q & a.

Monday, 10 Oct 2016

Leading the Fight against Malnutrition and Hidden Hunger - A Conversation with the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Join a conversation with the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates about their work building bridges between agriculture and nutrition to improve the health and livelihoods of millions of under-nourished people around the globe. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga and Jan Low of the International Potato Center, along with HarvestPlus founder Howarth Bouis, have been honored as pioneers in biofortification with the development and adoption of staple crops conventionally bred to include critical vitamins and micronutrients. Their multi-sector approach has integrated plant science research, extension-style agronomy, nutrition education, and effective marketing and dissemination strategies to successfully deliver breakthroughs like the Vitamin A-enriched orange-fleshed sweet potato and iron- and zinc-fortified beans, rice, and wheat to both farmers' fields and consumers' tables. Iowa State Professor Clark Wolf will moderate the discussion. The 2016 Norman Borlaug Lecture and part of the World Affairs Series 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 – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - No tickets - General admission seating - Doors open at 6:30 Gloria Steinem is a feminist icon, social activist, writer, editor, and champion of women's rights. She co-founded Ms. magazine, serving as an editor for fifteen years, and helped co-found New York magazine. The National Women's Political Caucus is among the many groups she helped found, and her books include 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, 13 Oct 2016

From Muscatine to the World Bank - Jim Yong Kim
2:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Jim Yong Kim is the 12th President of the World Bank. A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. He previously served as president of Dartmouth College, was a co-founder of Partners In Health and director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he moved with his family to the United States at the age of five and grew up in Muscatine, Iowa. After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University, he earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in anthropology from Harvard University. College of Business CEO Series and World Affairs Series

Project Enye (ñ): A Voice for First-Generation Latinos between Two Worlds - Documentary & Discussion with filmmaker Denise Soler Cox
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - First-time Latina filmmaker Denise Soler Cox draws on her personal struggles growing up between two cultures to chronicle the shared experiences of 16 million first-generation American-born Latinos, or Enyes (ñs). Raised in a household with at least one parent from a Spanish speaking country, Enyes (ñs) often grow up wrestling with issues of identity. Their home culture reflects the heritage and traditions of their family’s country of origin and is often in conflict with the mainstream American culture they experience everywhere else. For Soler Cox, creating awareness of the shared Enye (ñ) experience, and giving it a name, generates a powerful sense of belonging for a population struggling to understand where they fit in. Part of Latino Heritage Month The event will include opening comments from Soler Cox, a screening of the 37-minute documentary, and an audience Q&A.

Monday, 17 Oct 2016

Know Your Civil Rights! - Andy Duffelmeyer & Rob Poggenklass
5:30 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - Andy Duffelmeyer and Rob Poggenklass, specialists at the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, will provide information about how civil rights laws protect people from discrimination in everyday life. Whether you’re looking for a job, an apartment, a loan, or an education, you have a right to be free from discrimination. Discrimination comes in many forms: race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The Iowa Civil Rights Act protects you against all these forms of discrimination. This presentation will focus on your right to be free from discrimination in Iowa and throughout the country. Find out what the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other civil rights laws can do for you.

The Dynamics of ISIS: Its Origins and Implications for the United States - Malcolm Nance
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Malcolm Nance is a counter-terrorism and intelligence adviser for the U.S. government’s special operations, homeland security and intelligence agencies. He frequently serves as a terrorism analyst for MSNBC and is the author of the new book Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe. For more than 30 years Nance participated in field and combat intelligence activity, including as an Arabic-speaking field interrogator. A decorated veteran and former Navy intelligence officer, he deployed on numerous clandestine operations in the Balkans, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. He also served as a master training specialist at the U.S. Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School. Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science

Thursday, 20 Oct 2016

Beyond Science Fiction: The Physics of Invisibility - Sir John Pendry
8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center - Sir John Pendry, the physicist who proposed the idea of an "invisibility cloak," is a professor of theoretical solid state physics at Imperial College London. Pendry has made seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics, but his work on cloaking and metamaterials is arguably his most famous and potentially transformative. His concept for an "invisibility cloak" uses metamaterials - whose properties are not defined by their chemical makeup but rather by their structure on the tiniest scales - to bend light in such a way that it can form a container around an object and effectively make it invisible. Pendry is a recipient of such distinguished awards as the Newton Medal, Descartes Prize, and the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience. The 2016 Zaffarano Lecture in Physics