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Thursday, 16 Nov 2017

Agriculture and Climate Change - Tom Vilsack
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Tom Vilsack served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eight years in the Obama administration. At the USDA he was responsible for keeping American farms afloat and safe and managing public nutrition programs like SNAP and school lunches, along with programs that cover refinancing home loans, rural electrification, clean water projects, mental health issues, and fighting opioid addictions. He has been honored for his public service and work to advance American agriculture by the Congressional Hunger Center, National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau, and National Farmers Union. Tom Vilsack served as Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. He became president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council in February 2017. Part of the National Affairs Series: "When American Values Are in Conflict”

Saturday, 30 Jun 2018

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
12:00 PM – To be announced - National Affairs Series speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - National Affairs Series. Speaker to be announced.



Past Events

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 No podcast or recording will be available for this event.

Thursday, 30 Mar 2017

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

Thursday, 10 Nov 2016

Enduring Vietnam: Reflections on a War and Those Who Served - James Wright
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - James Wright, President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College, is the author of Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America's Wars and Those Who Fought Them. President Wright, a Marine veteran, was a leader in the establishment of an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans offered through the American Council on Education. He also worked with several U.S. Senators to double college benefits for troops and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill. Wright retired as President of Dartmouth in 2009. He is currently working on a book about about the human face of the Vietnam War. National Affairs Series

Thursday, 27 Oct 2016

The Age of Trolls - Joel Stein
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Joel Stein, author of the recent TIME magazine cover story "Why We're Losing the Internet to a Culture of Hate," will discuss how trolling on the Internet is infecting our real-life interactions, including politics. In addition to sharing the horrific messages he's received personally on Twitter and email, Stein, a longtime journalist, will share his perspective on how we can reverse the trend of a cyberculture that is growing meaner and more threatening. Joel Stein has written a weekly humor column for TIME since 1998, as well as fourteen other cover stories. He contributes frequently to national television and print media, including such publications as The New Yorker, GQ, Businessweek, Wired and the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. National Affairs Series: When American Values Are in Conflict

Monday, 26 Sep 2016

Presidential Debate Watch Party - Livestream
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Doors open at 7:30 | Light refreshments provided Join your Iowa State friends and colleagues to watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for 90 exciting minutes of political debate! The televised debate will be broadcast from Hofstra University, with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt moderating. The watch party follows Iowa State's Constitution Day Panel, with Dirk Deam (political science) and Clark Wolf (philosophy) discussing recent Supreme Court rulings and legal issues that are influencing the upcoming elections.

Controversy and the U.S. Supreme Court - A Panel Discussion
6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Panelists will discuss recent Supreme Court rulings and legal issues that are influencing the upcoming elections including cases on affirmative action, the death penalty, judicial conflict of interest, protections from illegal searches by the police, and abortion rights. They will also discuss the shift in the balance of the court caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and whether the gap he left will have an impact on crucial court rulings. Panelists include senior lecturer in political science Dirk Deam and philosophy professor Clark Wolf, an expert in philosophy of the law. Constitution Day Event. Following the panel, stay for refreshments and a livestream watch party for the first presidential debate, starting at 8pm.

Wednesday, 30 Mar 2016

What's the Future of the American Dream? A Town Hall Meeting - Brian David Johnson
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join futurist Brian David Johnson for a conversation about the future of the American dream, a year-long project timed to overlap with the 2016 presidential campaign. Johnson, the first futurist ever at the Intel Corporation, is currently the futurist in residence at Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination and a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. As an applied futurist, Johnson has worked with governments, militaries, trade organizations, start-ups and multinational corporations to help envision their future as well as develop an actionable 10-15 year vision. His work is called future-casting, and he uses ethnographic field studies, technology research, cultural history, trend data, global interviews and even science fiction to provide a pragmatic roadmap of the future. National Affairs Series.

Tuesday, 29 Mar 2016

Technology in 2025: Designing the Future - Brian David Johnson
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Brian David Johnson was the first futurist at the Intel Corporation, where he worked for a decade helping design over 2 billion microprocessors. As an applied futurist, Johnson has worked with governments, militaries, trade organizations, start-ups and multinational corporations to not only help envision their future, but to help develop an actionable 10-15 year vision. His work is called future-casting, and he uses ethnographic field studies, technology research, cultural history, trend data, global interviews and even science fiction to provide a pragmatic roadmap of the future. He is currently the futurist in residence at Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination and a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. National Affairs Series.

Thursday, 3 Mar 2016

What Americans Are Eating and a Strategy for Change - Cindy Goody
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Cindy Goody, Senior Director of the Menu Innovation Team at McDonald's USA, develops plans that align with McDonald's U.S. food and nutrition strategy, provides nutritional science expertise, and oversees McDonald's nutritional information development and communication processes. Prior to joining McDonald's USA, she served as a retail and clinical dietitian for Hy-Vee Food Stores. She has been actively involved in the American Dietetic Association and is the author and editor of its professional reference Cultural Food Practices. She has also served as a faculty member for the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Goody earned a BS and MS from Iowa State. She holds a PhD and MBA from the University of Iowa. National Affairs Series: When American Values Are In Conflict.

Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

Social Justice, Public Service and the Search for a Life That Matters - Wes Moore
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Wes Moore is a combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow and the author of two books, including The Other Wes Moore, a story of the mentorship and support networks that refused to let him fall into crime and drugs. His latest book, The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters, explores the meaning of success in a volatile, difficult and seemingly anchorless world. He speaks about how we find the most value in work based in service, selflessness and risk taking. Moore also produced the three-part PBS series, Coming Back with Wes Moore, which tells the story of soldiers attempting to reintegrate back into society after returning from war. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote