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Thursday, 30 Mar 2017

How to Interpret the Bible - Mary Healy
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - The question of how to interpret the Bible has exercised some of the greatest minds in history, and in modern times new forms of interpretation have emerged. Mary Healy, a professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, shares her perspective, addressing such questions as Should scripture be interpreted literally or spiritually? What do we do with apparent contradictions and historical inaccuracies? and How do we understand Genesis 1-3 in light of modern science? Healy, a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is currently involved in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture project, a series of commentaries that interpret scripture from within the heart of the Catholic Church. She is author of its first volume, The Gospel of Mark. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

Main Street vs. Wall Street: An Historical Perspective - David Weiman
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - David Weiman is Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor of Economics at Barnard College and faculty director of its innovative Empirical Reasoning Center. He has been honored with the Economic History Association’s Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History. Weiman specializes in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. economic history and the political economy of contemporary U.S. criminal justice policy. His current research focuses on the evolution of the U.S. banking-monetary system from Jackson’s Bank War to the formation of the Federal Reserve. Phi Beta Kappa Lecture and part of the National Affairs Series

Monday, 3 Apr 2017

America and the Middle East: Shifting Sands in the Security Relationship? - Deborah Jones
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, recently stepped down as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, a position she held May 2013 through 2015. She also served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait from 2008 to 2011 and as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey from 2005 to 2007. Additional overseas assignments include posts in Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates. Ambassador Jones has also served as Senior Faculty Advisor for National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and prior to her post in Libya was Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute. World Affairs Series

Tuesday, 4 Apr 2017

Planned Parenthood: The Pink Exposed - Sue Thayer
7:00 PM – 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Sue Thayer was an Iowa Planned Parenthood manager for 18 years before a transformative experience made her an abortion opponent. Objecting to a controversial teleconferencing system that allows doctors to dispense abortion pills to patients in rural clinics, Thayer's concerns eventually turned into a 2011 lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. She led Storm Lake’s first ever 40 Days for Life campaign at the clinic she supervised for many years and is currently in litigation. Thayer has been a foster and adoptive parent for 27 years, and is founder and Director of Cornerstone for Life Pregnancy Resource Center.

Eco-Theatre: The Intersection of Art, Politics, and Environmental Science - Paula Cizmar, Playwright
8:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - How do the arts take on important issues—particularly the often controversial topics that emerge in the area of environmental science? Playwright Paula Cizmar, internationally known as one of the authors of Seven, discusses eco-theatre and how it can communicate ideas, raise awareness, inspire action, and promote empathy. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series

Wednesday, 5 Apr 2017

Welcome to Angry Asian America: One Blogger's Journey to Asian American Identity, Arts and Activism - Phil Yu
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Phil Yu is a writer, speaker and best known as the founder and editor of Angry Asian Man, one of the most widely read and longest-running independent websites covering news, culture and perspectives from the Asian American community. Mixing humor with criticism, Yu's commentary has been featured and quoted in the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed and more. Yu worked previously at the Center for Asian American Media, as a content producer for Yahoo! Movies, and is executive producer of the feature film Awesome Asian Bad Guys. He graduated with a BS in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University and earned his MA in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television.

Thursday, 6 Apr 2017

The Business of Menswear - Abdul Abasi & Greg Rosborough
4:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough are American designers of Nigerian and Scottish origin and based in New York City. They met while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where they graduated in 2008. After designing for Engineered Garments and Ralph Lauren, they combined their military and athletic backgrounds to develop their first collection for Autumn Winter 2013. The Abasi Rosborough label offers a reinvention of classic men’s tailoring. Recognizing that the restrictive shapes of the suit jacket and trousers no longer serve the needs of the 21st century city-dweller, their clothes are cut to emphasize range of motion and versatility.

Native American Representation in Pop Art - Steven Paul Judd
7:00 PM – Kocimski Auditorium, 101 College of Design - Steven Paul Judd is a Kiowa and Choctaw visual artist, filmmaker, and screenwriter based in Oklahoma. His mash-ups of Native experiences and disposable American pop culture are both clever and humorous, offering a unique perspective on and from within Native American culture. His creations include paintings, prints, poster art, photography, and t-shirt designs. Judd has also written and directed a number of films, including the shorts “Ronnie BoDean,” “Shhh!” and “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco.” The 2017 Richard Thompson Memorial Lecture

Monday, 10 Apr 2017

A Doctor to Her Tribe and a Warrior for Her People - Joe Starita
7:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Joe Starita, professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska, will discuss his latest book, A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor. The biography of La Flesche recounts how the Omaha woman earned a medical degree in 1889 - becoming the first Native American doctor in U.S. history - and returned to the reservation to serve as a physician to and advocate for the Omaha tribe. Joe Starita spent 14 years at The Miami Herald, first as the newspaper’s New York Bureau Chief and later as part of its Investigations Team. He returned to his native Nebraska to focus on research and writing on the regional Native American culture and history.

Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017

My Personal Journey with Diversity - A Conversation with TIAA President Roger Ferguson
4:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - TIAA President and CEO Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., will discuss the path that led him to becoming the first African-American vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve and one of the few African-American CEOs in the Fortune 100. He will discuss why diversity and inclusion is so essential to business success in the 21st century.