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Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017

Political and Economic Transition at Home and Abroad - Ali Velshi
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - MSNBC anchor and correspondent Ali Velshi brings a unique perspective to his coverage of politics and the impact of the current administration's domestic and international policy shifts. He was previously CNN’s chief business correspondent and is known for his ability to explain in plain terms the causes of the global financial crisis, the debt ceiling and the budget debates. Velshi reported on the U.S. presidential campaign and provided overseas coverage of ISIL, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the Iran nuclear deal as the host of Al Jazeera America's “Ali Velshi On Target.” He also serves as an NBC news business correspondent, is the author of Gimme My Money Back, and co-authored How to Speak Money with former CNN colleague and Iowa State alum Christine Romans. Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science. No podcast of this event will be available online.

Thursday, 19 Oct 2017

Can You Be Born a Couch Potato? The Genetics of Physical Activity - J. Timothy Lightfoot
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - J. Timothy Lightfoot directs the Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M University, where his research focuses on the genetics of daily physical activity and exercise endurance. His lab also has a unique interest in the physiological responses of athletes in a variety of non-traditional venues such as auto racing and in musicians. Lightfoot’s research has been featured in numerous general media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Time.com, National Public Radio, and NBC’s Today Show. He began his career as a research consultant at NASA’s Biomedical Laboratory and has been on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is currently the Omar Smith Endowed Professor of Kinesiology at Texas A&M. Pease Family Scholar in Kinesiology

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017

Leadership: Finding a Roadmap for Success - Lt.Col.(ret) Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Lt.Col.(ret) Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is founder and head of Educational Achievement Services, which has a mission to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. Born and raised in a tiny barrio in Laredo, Texas, she overcame the challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. After graduating from Hardin Simmons University, she entered the U.S. Army as an officer and served for two decades, breaking barriers and setting records to become the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. She retired as a 22-year veteran, returned to her roots and became a community leader. She has worked with children, parents and educators as well as corporate, professional, and non-profit audiences. Latinx Heritage Month and Women’s Leadership Series Keynote

Black Holes in the Universe and in Hollywood - Roger Blandford
8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center - Roger Blandford is an astrophysicist widely recognized for his contributions to the study of black holes. He will describe the strange and wonderful behavior of black holes and compare that to some of the alternate realities created in the movies. Blandford directs the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University, where he is the Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and a member of the Physics Department. Blandford is known for his pioneering theoretical work and has studied a wide variety of phenomena crucial to understanding the universe’s structure and evolution. His many achievements include the discovery of how energy is extracted from a rotating black hole, now referred to in his honor as the Blandford–Znajek process. Zaffarano Lecture in Physics

Monday, 30 Oct 2017

Food Evolution - Documentary & Discussion
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Food Evolution wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time: GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film looks at the polarized debate on GMOs and the fear, distrust and confusion surrounding the topic. It enlists such experts and icons as Mark Lynas, Alison Van Eenennaam, Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Vandana Shiva, Robert Fraley, Marion Nestle and Bill Nye, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, in an effort to separate the hype from the science and unravel the debate around food. Alison Van Eenennaam, Professor and Extension Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Specialist at University of California, Davis, will provide brief opening remarks and lead a discussion immediately following the 90-minute film.

Wednesday, 1 Nov 2017

The Economy and You: Separating The Facts from the Fiction - Peter Dunn
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Peter Dunn is a personal finance expert known as Pete the Planner® with a USA TODAY financial advice column and The Million Dollar Plan Podcast. He is the founder of Advanced Planning Solutions, a financial education firm, and author of ten books including 60 Days to Change: A Daily How-To Guide With Actionable Tips for Improving Your Financial Life. He regularly appears on CNN Headline News, Fox News, Fox Business as well as numerous nationally syndicated radio programs, and is considered one of the top four most influential financial broadcasters in the nation. Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture Series

Thursday, 2 Nov 2017

How Lucy Died and Why It Matters - John Kappelman
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - John Kappelman, a paleoanthropologist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the most famous fossil in the world - Lucy, an ancient human ancestor found in Ethiopia in 1974 - and what her bones tell us about our evolutionary history. Using CT technology, Kappelman and his team identified a series of fractures in Lucy’s skeleton, which they interpreted as traumatic injuries resulting from a fall, most likely from high in a tree. Their findings on Lucy's cause of death, subsequently published in the journal Nature, suggest that Lucy may actually have been a tree dweller and are challenging scientists' understanding of human evolution.

Campus Forum - Candidates for Ames Mayor & City Council
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - The Student Government will host a forum with candidates running for Ames mayor and city council seats in the November 7 election. Candidates will address issues of concern to Iowa State University students in brief opening remarks and then take questions from the audience. Participants include mayoral candidates Victoria Szopinski and John Haila and city council candidates Amber Corrieri, David Martin, Gloria Betcher, and Rob Bowers. Student Government Vice President Cody Smith will moderate.

Monday, 6 Nov 2017

Racial Equality and Catholic Teaching - Anne Clifford
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in our nation’s capital nearly 55 years ago, on August 28, 1963. Anne Clifford, the Msgr. James A. Supple Chair in Catholic Studies at Iowa State University, will speak about Dr. King's life and work advocating for racial justice in light of recent developments in America and Catholic teachings on racism, especially those of United States Bishops. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

Tuesday, 7 Nov 2017

Pakistan's Role in the War Against Terror - Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Faisal Niaz Tirmizi is the Consul General of Pakistan in the Chicago Consulate. The Consulate covers 12 states in the Midwest including Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Iowa. The Consul General previously served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Desk Officer of the Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan, India, and as Director of Personnel and Protocol in the Foreign Secretary’s Office. His diplomatic assignments have included Pakistan Missions abroad in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (1996-1999); Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (2003-2007); and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2007-2010). He is a graduate of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1993.



Past Events

Monday, 16 Oct 2017

Betting on Africa to Feed the World - World Food Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Akinwumi Adesina is President of the African Development Bank and the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. Heralded as “Africa’s Norman Borlaug,” Adesina has for the past two decades helped transform African agriculture. He organized the 2006 Africa Fertilizer Summit, was an early leader in the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and, more recently, served as Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture. His policy reforms in support of the African farmer have expanded access to financing and credit, helped end corruption in the fertilizer and seed sectors, and promoted investment in agriculture from both the public and private sectors. The 2017 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.

Thursday, 12 Oct 2017

It's What I Do - Lynsey Addario
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who has covered conflicts and humanitarian crises in Iraq, Darfur, South Sudan, Congo, and Libya, where she was one of four journalists held captive by the Libyan Army. Named one of the most influential photographers of the past 25 years, she received a Pulitzer Prize for her work documenting life under the Taliban in Afghanistan as well as a MacArthur Fellowship. Her recent work includes Syrian refugees, ISIS’s push into Iraq, and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Lynsey Addario’s New York Times bestselling memoir, It's What I Do, is being made into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Steven Spielberg.Part of the World Affairs Series. No podcast available for this event.

Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017

Controversy and the U.S. Supreme Court - A Panel Discussion
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Panelists discussing recent Supreme Court rulings include ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis and Dirk Deam, senior lecturer in Political Science. They will also discuss any shift in the balance of the court caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the appointment of Neil Gorsuch. Iowa State Bioethics Program Director and philosophy professor Clark Wolf, an expert in philosophy of the law, will moderate. Constitution Day Event

Monday, 9 Oct 2017

National Defense and International Security - Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is Director of Operational Capability Requirements and Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon. He is responsible for developing and evaluating requirements for Air Force-wide modernization programs, including fighters, bombers, space systems, missile defense and cyber requirements.   Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Plans and Policy at U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, where he oversaw the development and implementation of national security policy, military strategy, as well as development of the nation’s strategic war plan. General Crosier attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988 after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. Part of the World Affairs Series

Friday, 6 Oct 2017

Financial Regulation and Reform - Michael Piwowar
11:00 AM – Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Michael Piwowar was appointed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2013 and currently serves as Acting Chairman of the Commission. He was the Republican chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the lead Republican economist on the four SEC-related titles of the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act. During the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath, Piwowar served as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations. His first tenure at the SEC was in the Office of Economic Analysis as a visiting academic scholar on leave from Iowa State University, where he was an assistant professor of finance.  Stafford Lecture on Banking.

Thursday, 5 Oct 2017

Back to the Future: The Social Justice Origins and Future of Latinx Studies - Ginetta Candelario
8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building - LOCATION CHANGE - Moved to Benton Auditorium (map) Ginetta Candelario is professor of sociology and Latin American & Latino/a Studies at Smith College, where her teaching focuses on race and ethnicity in the Americas, Latina/o communities in the United States and Latin American, and Latina feminist activism. Her research interests include Dominican history and society, especially Dominican identity formation. Candelario has been a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic twice, most recently in 2016, and is the author of Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops. Latino/a Heritage Month No recording will be available for this event.

A Tale of Resiliency, Entrepreneurship and the Value of Mentors - Joe Kerns
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Joe Kerns of Ames-based Kerns and Associates has been a consultant in agricultural operations and the animal production industry for more than twenty-five years. The company’s clients include producers, veterinarians, packers, researchers, and mill operators from more than a dozen states. Kerns advises on procurement and risk management activities related to a range of operations, commodity markets, nutritional factors impacting production, and operational sustainability, leadership, and ownership. Prior to this consulting venture, he directed risk management activities for industry leaders such as ADM, Premium Standard Farms, Continental Grain, and Iowa Select Farms. Kerns is a graduate of Iowa State, where he earned a degree in agricultural business. William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture and part of CALS Week

Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017

Portrait of America: How Demographic Change and Economic Inequality Are Reshaping Society - John Iceland
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - John Iceland is Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State University. His research and teaching interests lie in demography, social inequality, and immigration. He has authored four books on these issues: Race and Ethnicity in America (2017), Portrait of America (2014), Poverty in America (3rd edition in 2013), and Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States (2009). He is currently co-editor of the journal Demography and vice president-elect of the Population Association of America. Iceland served previously as Chief of the Poverty and Health Statistics Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau and was on the faculty at the University of Maryland before joining Penn State. George M. Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology

Tuesday, 3 Oct 2017

Current Events, Police Response and Hate Crimes - A Campus Conversation
3:00 PM – 198 Parks Library - This campus conversation will focus on current events and their impacts on the ISU community. It will feature information from the Iowa State University Police about hate crimes and will conclude with small group discussions.

Thursday, 28 Sep 2017

Vanishing Vaquitas: Lessons from a Humble Porpoise - Barbara Taylor
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Barbara Taylor, a conservation biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center, is actively involved with recent efforts to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise found only in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California. Her discussion of the vaquita’s rapid population decline will address broader themes of ocean and coastal conservation, international politics and what individuals can do to protect endangered species. Barbara Taylor leads the center’s Marine Mammal Genetics Program and researches how genetic data can be used in population analysis and conservation. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture. Notice: Parking for tonight's lecture will be extremely limited, with campus lots opening to the public at 3pm for the 7pm ISU v. Texas football game. The Memorial Union lot will fill quickly. Plan accordingly. Click here for more info on game-day parking