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Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017

ISU Lectures 60th Anniversary Celebration
3:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Join us for an open house reception, 3:30-5:30pm, to celebrate the Iowa State Lectures Program! The Committee on Lectures was established in 1958 with a series of four speakers. For 25 years it was directed by professor James Lowrie and initially operated out of his office in the English Department. Today, the Lectures Program Office works with the Committee on Lectures, the National Affairs Series (est. 1968) and World Affairs Series (est. 1966) planning committees, as well as a wide range of student organizations, academic units, and administrative offices, to schedule more than 100 speakers each year. This special event includes a short program at 4:30pm to recognize director Pat Miller's ongoing leadership and service.

Thursday, 31 Aug 2017

Women Leaders: Building Bridges to Get the Job Done - Sen. Amy Klobuchar
7:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate in 2006 and is currently serving her second term in office. Senator Klobuchar has built a reputation for working across party lines, including on landmark pieces of legislation to end human trafficking, to combat the opioid epidemic, and to improve the lives of veterans. She championed a long-term Farm Bill in 2014 and was one of fourteen senators who fought to create a bipartisan debt commission. Senator Klobuchar currently serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. She chairs the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and is the ranking member on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and joint Economic Committee. Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics

Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017

When Christians First Met Muslims - Michael Penn
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Michael Penn is a professor of religious studies at Stanford University and specializes in the history of early Christianity with a focus on Middle Eastern Christians. Middle Eastern Christians composed the earliest and largest collection of Christian writings on Islam, but their experiences are largely omitted from the modern historical narrative because of the unfamiliar Aramaic dialect of Syriac in which they wrote. Michael Penn will discuss how the history of Christian-Muslim relations changes if, instead of relying on the writings of Greek and Latin Christians who often were in military conflict with Muslims, one focuses on Middle Eastern Christians and their everyday encounters with Muslims.

Monday, 11 Sep 2017

New Developments in China and Sino-US Relations - Consul General Hong Lei
5:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Hong Lei is the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago. The Consulate General covers nine states in the Midwest including Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa. He previously served in the Department of Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy in the Netherlands, and as First Secretary at the Consulate General in San Francisco.Part of the World Affairs Series

Severe 5%: Understanding the Criminal Justice System - Matt DeLisi
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Iowa State professor of sociology Matt DeLisi will draw on his research, clinical, and practitioner experiences working with pathological offenders to provide another framework for assessing the U.S. criminal justice system. Decades of research from around the world have shown that roughly 5% of the criminal population is responsible for more than half of the incidence of crime, and this pathological group accounts for between 50 to 90% of the most violent crimes including murder, rape, kidnapping, and armed robbery. DeLisi will explain why the system is mostly successful, providing treatment and supervision of individuals that are relatively amenable to rehabilitation. He will also explain why the putative “failures” of the justice system are not primarily the responsibility of law enforcement, judicial, and correctional staff, but instead are the result of a host of pathological conditions that render the severe 5% impervious to punishment. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture Series

Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017

Water Exploration in the Solar System: The Restless Hunt for Life - Essam Heggy
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Essam Heggy is a planetary scientist at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and a Rosetta co-investigator at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He will discuss methods being used to explore possible subsurface aquifers and ice deposits on Mars as well as NASA’s and the European Space Agency's future plans future plans to probe subsurface water on the red planet and Jupiter’s icy moons. Heggy is currently a member of several science teams conducting experiments on board the ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter and Rosetta Mission; the Chandrayaan-1, India’s first lunar mission; and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017

Understanding and Defeating Racism and Discrimination in America - Tim Wise
7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - Tim Wise is a prominent antiracist writer and educator and author of the memoir White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. He has spent the last 25 years speaking to audiences across the country and training corporate, government, media, and military professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise is the author of six other books, including Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. He has been featured in several documentaries and is one of five persons interviewed for a video exhibition on race relations in America at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Monday, 18 Sep 2017

Medical Apartheid: The History of Experimentation on Black Americans - Harriet Washington
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Harriet Washington is a medical ethicist and author of the best-selling book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. She has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. Her latest book, Infectious Madness, looks at the connection between germs and mental illness. An award-winning medical writer and editor, Washington has worked for USA Today, been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and written for such academic forums as The New England Journal of Medicine. National Affairs Series

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017

Help! You Need Somebody! - Sara Benincasa
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sara Benincasa is a comedian, mental health advocate and author of Agorafabulous! Dispatches from My Bedroom. With courage and humor, she shares her experience overcoming mental illness as a young adult, coping with panic attacks, and navigating the highs and lows of college life. Benincasa's eclectic background includes work as an Americorps teacher, janitor, legal assistant, bathtub talk show host, and citizen journalist for MTV News covering the 2008 presidential election. Her memoir, Agorafabulous, is currently being adapted as a television series with Oscar winner Diablo Cody. Mental Health Expo A resource fair with local mental health and substance abuse professionals will be held in the adjoining South Ballroom beginning at 4:30pm.

Monday, 25 Sep 2017

Is There Evidence of God from Contemporary Science? - Fr. Robert Spitzer
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Fr. Robert Spitzer served as president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. A Catholic priest and Jesuit, he is the author of eight books, including New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy . He appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe,” where he responds to viewer questions on a range of subjects, including reason, faith, suffering, and the existence of God. He has made many other TV appearances, including The History Channel’s “God and The Universe,” the PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow on Larry King Live. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

Past Events

Friday, 21 Apr 2017

Home Voices - MFA Program in Writing & the Environment Alumni Festival
5:00 PM – Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Avenue - Four graduates of the Iowa State MA and MFA Program in Writing & the Environment return to Ames to read from recently published works. Participants include Lauren Alleyne, author of Difficult Fruit and assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University; Lindsay Tigue author of System of Ghosts, winner of the 2016 Iowa Poetry Prize; Melissa Sevigny, Arizona Public Radio's science and technology reporter and author of two new books on the American Southwest, Mythical River and Under Desert Skies; and Lucas Southworth assistant professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland and editor at Slash Pine Press. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, 20 Apr 2017

The First Amendment and Community Journalism - Glenn Smith
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - In an age of fake news and alternative facts, it has become more important than ever for journalists to use the power of the First Amendment to expose lies, shed light on injustices and give a voice to the downtrodden. Institutions such as the New York Times and the Washington Post are leading the charge at the national level, but community media outlets across the country have important stories to tell as well. Special projects editor Glenn Smith will discuss how The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, has made a difference with watchdog journalism that includes a Pulitzer Prize-winning series that sparked widespread domestic reforms in the nation’s deadliest state for women.

Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017

Freedom Sings - A Musical Celebration of the First Amendment
7:00 PM – Ames City Auditorium, 515 Clark Avenue - Freedom Sings is a multimedia presentation featuring music that has been banned, censored or sounded a call for social change. A program of the First Amendment Center, Freedom Sings features live music, video and narration, and showcases hit songwriters, performers and Grammy Award winners. It looks at some of the most controversial songs in American history, recognizing the full spectrum of political views. Ken Paulson, former editor of USA TODAY and president of the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center, will host. Participating musicians include Bill Lloyd, guitar; Dez Dickerson, guitar; Jonell Mosser, vocals; and the Steve Miller Band's Joseph Wooten, keyboard. Part of the First Amendment Day Series

Strengthening the Sustainability of Agricultural Biodiversity - Karl Zimmerer
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Karl Zimmerer is Professor of Environment and Society Geography at Pennsylvania State University, where he studies the importance of agrobiodiversity in complex agricultural landscapes. His research focuses on small-scale and indigenous farming in Latin American tropical mountain environments like Bolivia and Ecuador. Not only does Zimmerer map the landscape of biodiversity - for example, documenting 74 different varieties of potato in a single field in Peru - his work aims to identify risks to biodiversity and what they mean for ecological conservation, cultural and ethnic expression, and economic development. He is currently researching territorial initiatives for sustainability, citizen-science seed networks, and links of agrobiodiversity to multi-scale global changes. Sustainable Agriculture Symposium Keynote No podcast available for this event. A poster session and reception will precede the lecture, 5:30-7:00pm, in the South Ballroom.

Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017

Cyber-Sabotage: The History and Politics of Russian-American Hacking - Fred Kaplan
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Fred Kaplan is a journalist who writes a national security column for Slate magazine, and has penned five books about American politics. His most recent book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, chronicles the long history of hacking between the United States and Russia. The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War was a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has written for the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs and the New York Times, and has a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Monday, 17 Apr 2017

G.I.'s and Jews after the Holocaust - Kierra Crago-Schneider
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Kierra Crago-Schneider is a program officer at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her work focuses on Jewish Displaced Persons’ interactions with their non-Jewish neighbors in the American zone of occupied Germany. She will discuss the treatment of Jewish Displaced Persons by the Office of the American Military Government, United States and ordinary GIs in Germany over the course of the American occupation and how these relationships changed Cold War history. Crago-Schneider earned a PhD in history from the University of California-Los Angeles. No podcast available for this event.

Thursday, 13 Apr 2017

The Colorado River: The Years of Living Dangerously - Anne Castle
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Anne Castle served as assistant secretary for water and science in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2014. She is currently a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, part of the University of Colorado Boulder School of Law, and will discuss current efforts to create a more sustainable Colorado River system, including the groundbreaking engagement with Mexico to protect and restore this shared resource. A 1981 alumna of Colorado Law, Castle has worked on water law and policy since the beginning of her career. While at the Interior Department, she oversaw the Bureau of Reclamation, the nation’s largest water wholesaler, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Ronald Lecture Series in Environmental Conservation

How Science Is Key to Building a Foundation for Lifelong Learning - Daryl Greenfield
7:00 PM – Reiman Ballroom, Alumni Center - Daryl Greenfield is Professor of Psychology & Pediatrics at the University of Miami, where he has focused on how preschool science education can improve school readiness. His work has included developing and evaluating early science programs as well as touchscreen computer-adaptive science assessments for both English and Spanish speaking children. Greenfield was the invited speaker on early science at the 2016 White House summit on STEM in early childhood. His work combines research, policy and practice and has been supported by both federal and private funding. Barbara E. Mound Hansen Lecture in Early Childhood Education

Politically Correct: Do Our Language Choices Matter? - Anne Curzan
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Anne Curzan is Associate Dean for Humanities and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan and author of Gender Shifts in the History of English. She will discuss to what extent social attitudes shape language - or if language has the power to change social attitudes. Her talk focuses on words we use every day that have been the focus of conscious efforts to promote a more inclusive and equitable language. Curzan discusses trends in the English language in a weekly segment on Michigan Radio and contributes regularly to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Lingua Franca blog on language and writing in academe. Quentin Johnson Lecture in Linguistics

High-Performance Community Banking - Timothy Koch
11:00 AM – Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Timothy Koch is the president of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and a professor of finance at the University of South Carolina. He will discuss how community banks differ from other banks in their ownership, organizational structure, risk tolerance and business practices and share strategies to improve their performance. He'll speak about important role banks play in our communities. An Iowa native, Koch attended Wartburg College and earned a PhD in economics from Purdue University. He is the author of Community Banking: From Crisis to Prosperity and co-author of the college textbook Bank Management. Stafford Lecture Series on Banking