Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit – Alison Hawthorne Deming

Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 at 7:00pm – Campanile Room, Memorial Union
Writer and poet Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of the new book Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, a collection of essays that explores the loss of animals and its meaning for human imagination and existence. Hawthorne is a professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona, where she is also affiliated with the Institute of the Environment and a member of the board of directors of Orion magazine. Her body of work include several books of poetry, including Science and Other Poems, winner of the Walt Whitman Award, and three other nonfiction books: Temporary Homelands, The Edges of the Civilized World, and Writing the Sacred Into the Real. Part of the Creative Writing Program's Environmental Imagination Series

Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015

Let Freedom Ring - Carillon Concert
12:00 PM – Central Campus - A carillon concert in honor of Dr. King. Tin-Shi Tam, carilloneur. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series

Monday, 19 Jan 2015

Ames Community Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
6:00 PM – Ames Middle School, 3915 Mortensen Road - Celebrate with song, story and birthday cake. An Ames tradition! After sharing birthday cake, the program begins at 6:30 pm.

Thursday, 22 Jan 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Legacy Convocation - One Vision, Many Voices; Join In, Speak Out!
3:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Come celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and learn how his global vision of equality for everyone remains relevant today. The program will include a keynote presentation by Michael Blake, former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement and current New York State Assemblyman. The Advancing One Community Awards will also be presented. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series.

Monday, 26 Jan 2015

Certainty: Is Science All You Need? - Troy Van Voorhis
6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Troy Van Voorhis is a professor of chemistry at MIT whose research focuses on the intersection of quantum mechanics and chemistry. He has participated in many conversations about the relationship between science and religious faith, including moderating a forum between Steven Pinker and William Hurlbut at his home institution and speaking alongside three colleagues in "Life, the Universe, and MIT: 4 Brilliant MIT Professors Share Their Worldviews." Van Voorhis earned a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard before joining the faculty of MIT. He is the author of the VeriTalks publication Certainty: Is Science All You Need? in addition to his numerous scholarly publications. Veritas Forum

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Michelle Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, in which she argues that systemic racial discrimination in the United States has resumed following the Civil Rights Movement's gains and is having devastating social consequences. Alexander holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State. Previously, she directed the Civil Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School. She also served for several years as director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote Speaker

Thursday, 5 Feb 2015

The Underground Girls of Kabul - Jenny Nordberg
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Jenny Nordberg is an investigative reporter and author of the book The Underground Girls of Kabul. She will discuss the practice of bacha posh - disguising young girls as boys in gender-segregated Afghanistan - revealing new aspects of the practice and going deep into the resistance among Afghan women. Nordberg's front-page stories have been published in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and she is also developing bachaposh.com as an online resource for girls who have grown up as boys due to segregation. She is a New York-based foreign correspondent and a columnist for Swedish national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, and holds a B.A. in Law and Journalism from Stockholm University, and an M.A. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security.

Monday, 9 Feb 2015

Kiev, Ukraine: From the Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-14 - Roman Cybriwsky
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Roman Cybriwsky will discuss his new book about the recent unrest and violence in Ukraine, and how the mismanagement, corruption, and inequality of its capital, Kiev, helped create a civic revolt which led to the collapse of a national government. Cybriwsky is a professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, and in 2010 he was named Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy where he conducted research for his recent book, Kyiv, Ukraine: The City of Domes and Demons from the Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-14. World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security.

Monday, 16 Feb 2015

The State of the Promised Land - Norman Finkelstein
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Norman Finkelstein is a political scientist, activist, professor, and author. His primary fields of research are the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust, an interest motivated by the experiences of his parents who were Jewish Holocaust survivors. He is the author of nine books, including What Gandhi Says About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage; The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years;and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict. He is a graduate of Binghamton University and received his PhD in political science from Princeton University.