Schedule of Events

01 Aug 2016 - 31 Jul 2017

   | Print format


Not Just Another Adoption Story - Erin Kiernan
Thu, 01 Sep 2016, 7:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Erin Kiernan is coanchor of the WHO Channel 13 evening news team and an advocate for adoption and adoptive parents' rights. Kiernan, who grew up in western Nebraska, became pregnant at age 16 and chose adoption for her son, who is now in his twenties and remains an important part of her life. Last fall she and her husband, Michael Kiernan, made public their eight-year struggle to start a family of their own, a process that involved multiple rounds of artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization and an unfulfilled adoption plan. The experience prompted her to help spearhead a bill in the Iowa legislature that would guarantee an adoptive parent the same maternity leave as a birth mother. Today, Erin and Michael are the proud parents of a nearly-one-year-old son, and Erin shares openly her unique perspective on parenthood.

Recovering Lost Gospels: Ancient Christianities and Modern Faiths - Andre Gagne
Thu, 08 Sep 2016, 6:00 PM – 1148 Gerdin Business Building - André Gagné is an associate professor of theological studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and cohosts the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, a program dedicated to issues surrounding religion, history, culture and science. His areas of expertise include the history and methods of biblical interpretation, the New Testament Gospels, and Gnosticism and the Nag Hammadi Library. Gagne is preparing a critical edition, translation and commentary of the Gospel of Thomas for the Coptic Nag Hammadi Library project at Laval University in Quebec City. He holds a BTh and MA from the University of Montreal and a joint doctorate at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and the University of Montreal.

Incognito: On Race, Identity and Self Discovery - Michael Fosberg
Thu, 08 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Michael Fosberg grew up in a white working-class family outside of Chicago, raised by his biological mother and adoptive father. When he was in his early thirties his parents divorced, inspiring him to track down his biological father. During a phone call, Michael learned "a couple of things I'm sure your mother never told you:" first, that his father had not forgotten him and, second, that he is African American. This life-changing event led to a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Fosberg uses his autobiographical play, Incognito, to probe his past, his family's reaction, and our country's difficulty in understanding and discussing identity, race, and heritage. The unique presentation is followed by a discussion about the meaning of race and identity and the importance of embracing diversity.

Too Creative for Science? - Ahna Skop
Mon, 12 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Ahna Skop is geneticist, artist and a winner of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. She is also nationally known for using art to inform her scientific work on the mechanisms of cell division (cytokinesis) to understand human diseases, such as cancer and age-related disorders. Skop is an associate professor in genetics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her science and art have been featured by Apple and Science, and her work can be seen in the main entrance of the Genetics/Biotechnology Center building on the UW-Madison campus. For the past fifteen years she has organized an annual Worm Art Show for the International C. elegans Meeting.

How Capitalism Will Save Us - Steve Forbes
Mon, 12 Sep 2016, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Steve Forbes is chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, whose flagship publication is the nation’s leading business magazine. Forbes, combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions, reaches a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers, and has become a destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors. Steve Forbes is the author or coauthor of several books, including most recently Reviving America. A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the Crystal Owl Award four times, a prize given to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts proved most accurate. 
In 1996 and 2000, he campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination with a platform that included a flat tax, medical savings accounts, and a new Social Security system for working Americans.

Mindfulness & Mental Health - Doug Gentile
Tue, 13 Sep 2016, 5:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Douglas Gentile is a research scientist and professor of psychology at Iowa State. He also studies how the practice of mindfulness can help people become more resilient and manage stress. His presentation focuses on mindfulness as a tool for promoting well-being and relaxation as well as instruction on techniques and exercises. Part of the 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.

Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom - Marti MacGibbon
Tue, 13 Sep 2016, 6:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Marti MacGibbon is a certified addiction treatment professional, trafficking survivor, and standup comic. A remarkable speaker and storyteller, she shares simple, effective strategies that anyone can use to overcome adversity, get back on track, reduce stress, and cultivate a sense of humor. MacGibbon speaks from personal experience. She hit rock bottom in every possible way as a hard-core drug addict and was trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime. As an empowered survivor and advocate, MacGibbon has spoken at the White House and the U.S. Department of State and written a memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom. Part of the 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.

Philosophy Reinvented for Social Media: First as Tragedy, Then as Tweet - Eric Jarosinski
Wed, 14 Sep 2016, 6:00 PM – Alliant-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall - Inspired by the philosophical aphorisms of Nietzsche and Adorno, Eric Jarosinski has reinvented short-form philosophy for a world doomed to distraction on social media. A self-described #FailedIntellectual, Jarosinski is a former professor of German studies and recently left academia to devote himself to his post as founding editor of the hugely popular @NeinQuarterly. The online "Compendium of Utopian Negation" uses Twitter to explore the critical and comic potential of German language, literature, and philosophy. Jarosinski recently published his first book, Nein. A Manifesto. He discusses with great humor and wit the potential and limitations of adapting traditional modes of philosophical thought to a new technology with its own complex language, codes, and conventions. His visit is part of the "Germany Meets the U.S." Campus Weeks at ISU supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Information Center. Part of the Technology, Globalization and Culture Series

A Wild Life - Cheryl Strayed
Thu, 15 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium - No tickets - General admission seating - Doors open at 6:15 Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. The book and 2014 movie adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon recounts how at age 22, shattered by her mother's death and the end of her young marriage, Strayed decides to confront her emotional pain by trekking more than 1,000 miles from the Mojave Desert to the Oregon-Washington border. Now in her forties, Strayed is the cohost with Steve Almond of Dear Sugar Radio, an advice podcast for the lost, lonely and heartsick produced by WBUR Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University. Her other books include the advice essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things and the novel Torch. She is also a regular columnist for the New York Time Book Review.

Latinos Are Not "Spanish": the Cultural Diversity of Hispanics - Bobby Gonzalez
Mon, 19 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Bobby González is a multicultural speaker, storyteller and poet whose work draws on his Native American (Taino) and Puerto Rican roots. Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City, he grew up in a bicultural environment. He encourages his audiences to become more aware of the rich history and accomplishments of their ancestors as well as the cultural heritage of their neighbors and colleagues. He has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Detroit Institute of Arts and has given poetry readings at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Nuyorican Poets Café. González is the author of The Last Puerto Rican Indian: A Collection of Dangerous Poetry. Part of Latino Heritage Month

Polar Bears: An Arctic Icon in a Changing Climate - Andrew Derocher
Thu, 22 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Andrew Derocher is a professor of biology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and a longtime scientific advisor to Polar Bears International. His field research focuses on polar bears in the Canadian Arctic and the polar bears of Hudson Bay. He has also worked with polar bears in Svalbard, Norway, through the Norwegian Polar Institute. Over the course of more than 20 years studying polar bears, Dr. Derocher's research has focused on the limiting and regulating factors of polar bear populations including habitat use, harvest effects, and predator-prey relationships. His current work includes assessment of the effects of climate change and toxic chemicals on polar bears. He is the author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture

In the Heart of the Arab Spring - Iowa State Students Share Their Stories
Thu, 22 Sep 2016, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Iowa State students who participated in the Arab Spring in their own country will share their stories. Participants include Karim Abdelhamid, Egypt; Mohamed Abufalgha, Libya; and Mohamed Elfourtia, Libya. Moderator Nell Gabiam is an Iowa State faculty member who has conducted extensive research on humanitarian and development aid in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. Her more recent research focuses on Palestinians who have become refugees as a result of the ongoing Syrian war and has taken her to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, France, Sweden, and Germany. She has appointments in the Department of World Languages and Cultures and the Department of Political Science. World Affairs Series

Controversy and the U.S. Supreme Court - A Panel Discussion
Mon, 26 Sep 2016, 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.

Presidential Debate Watch Party - Livestream
Mon, 26 Sep 2016, 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.

Catholicism and Islam: Seeking Deeper Understanding - Anne Clifford
Tue, 27 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - No podcast will be available for this event. Pope Francis has engaged in "bridge-building" with Islam by initiating meetings with major Muslim leaders and warmly welcoming Muslim refugees. These noteworthy events will set the context for a presentation on the perspectives of Catholicism and Islam on selected topics such as our common humanity, understandings of God, and desire for peace. Anne Clifford is a religious studies professor at Iowa State and holds the Monsignor James A. Supple chair in Catholic Studies. She also held the Walter and Mary Tuohy Chair in Interreligious Studies at John Carroll University and has served as the president of the College Theology Society. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

Investigating the Corrupt while Protecting the Powerless - Miles Moffeit
Tue, 27 Sep 2016, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Miles Moffeit is an investigative reporter with the Dallas Morning News, where he has worked for the past six years examining patient harm and fraud in hospitals across Texas and the nation. He previously spent nine years with the Denver Post uncovering corruption in military and civilian criminal justice systems. He was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for "Trashing the Truth," a series he co-wrote exposing failures of law enforcement agencies across the nation to preserve DNA evidence, undermining justice for crime victims and the wrongly convicted. The stories triggered government reforms and shed light on the innocence of Tim Masters, who was later exonerated of murder. Chamberlin Lecture in Journalism

Equal Pay for Equal Work - Lilly Ledbetter
Wed, 28 Sep 2016, 12:00 PM – Oak Room, Memorial Union - Lilly Ledbetter gained national recognition when in 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a jury's ruling in the pay equity law suit she had won almost a decade before. Ledbetter had worked for nearly twenty years at Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Gadsden, Alabama, and despite receiving top performance awards discovered that she had been paid significantly less than male co-workers in the same position. In a 5-4 decision, Supreme Court justices ruled that employees could only file a wage discrimination complaint within 180 days of the original pay decision. In January 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became the first bill that President Obama signed into law. The law restores the long-standing interpretation of civil rights laws and EEOC policies that allows employees to challenge any discriminatory paycheck they receive. Part of the Campaign 2016 Series, providing the university and community with opportunities to question candidates or their surrogates before the November election.

Physical Activity: Wonder Drug for Chronic Disease Prevention - I-Min Lee
Thu, 29 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center - I-Min Lee is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a leading researcher on the role of physical activity in preventing chronic diseases and enhancing longevity. She has served as an expert panelist for such groups as the American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for which she co-wrote the scientific report on the 2008 physical activity guidelines. Her most recent research has focused on women's health in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute. The 2016 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair

Rethinking the Refugee Crisis - Paul Collier
Thu, 29 Sep 2016, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Economist Paul Collier is an expert on developing markets and the author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. His most recent book is Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World. Collier is director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank. He served previously as director of the World Bank's Development Research Group. Part of the Economics Forum and World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security


Corn and Khrushchev: A Brief History of Iowa Agriculture - Liz Garst
Mon, 03 Oct 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Liz Garst, granddaughter of the famous Iowa farmers and citizen diplomats Roswell and Elizabeth Garst, shares how it came to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst family farm in 1959. Her talk includes a history of agricultural development in Iowa, including the mid-century explosion of farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers and livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. Liz Garst manages banking and farming interests for the Garst family and is a board member and volunteer for Whiterock Conservancy, a non-profit land trust near Coon Rapids dedicated to finding balance between agriculture, the environment and people.

William K. Deal Leadership Lecture: Growth Comes When You Least Expect It - Jim Collins
Wed, 05 Oct 2016, 7:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Jim Collins is executive vice president at DuPont. He currently leads the company's agricultural segment and is managing DuPont's integration with Dow AgroSciences. During his more than thirty years with the company, Collins has held leadership roles with the Crop Protection division as well as DuPont's Industrial Biosciences business, where he led the $7 billion acquisition and integration of Danisco. He began his career as a young chemical engineer in DuPont Manufacturing and has since worked in operations, sales, and marketing and had corporate responsibility for government affairs, communications, and international business management in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. William K. Deal Leadership Lecture and part of CALS Week

How We Got Here: Challenges & Achievements - A Conversation with Black Alumni
Thu, 06 Oct 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - African American alumni will have an honest discussion about the challenges they faced at Iowa State as well as describe the support they received and the sense of community they were able to develop that led to their achievements on campus and in their careers. Modupe Labode is Public Scholar of African American History and Museums and an associate professor of history and museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University. Keecha Harris is president of KHA Inc., a consulting firm specializing in evaluation and organizational development for nutrition and public health support services. Mohamed Omer switched from a crime-fighting forensic chemist to innovative product development in the private sector, recently stepping down as Associate Vice President for Strategic Foresight & Innovation at L'Oréal. Celia Naylor, professor of History and Africana Studies at Barnard College, was the Margaret Sloss Women's Center director from 1993-1997, and will be participating in the q & a.

Leading the Fight against Malnutrition and Hidden Hunger - A Conversation with the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates
Mon, 10 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Join a conversation with the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates about their work building bridges between agriculture and nutrition to improve the health and livelihoods of millions of under-nourished people around the globe. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga and Jan Low of the International Potato Center, along with HarvestPlus founder Howarth Bouis, have been honored as pioneers in biofortification with the development and adoption of staple crops conventionally bred to include critical vitamins and micronutrients. Their multi-sector approach has integrated plant science research, extension-style agronomy, nutrition education, and effective marketing and dissemination strategies to successfully deliver breakthroughs like the Vitamin A-enriched orange-fleshed sweet potato and iron- and zinc-fortified beans, rice, and wheat to both farmers' fields and consumers' tables. Iowa State Professor Clark Wolf will moderate the discussion. The 2016 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.

My Life on the Road - Gloria Steinem
Tue, 11 Oct 2016, 7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - No tickets - General admission seating - Doors open at 6:30 Gloria Steinem is a feminist icon, social activist, writer, editor, and champion of women's rights. She co-founded Ms. magazine, serving as an editor for fifteen years, and helped co-found New York magazine. The National Women's Political Caucus is among the many groups she helped found, and her books include the collection of essays Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Revolution from Within, Moving Beyond Words and her memoir, My Life on the Road, detailing her more than thirty years as a feminist organizer.

From Muscatine to the World Bank - Jim Yong Kim
Thu, 13 Oct 2016, 2:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Jim Yong Kim is the 12th President of the World Bank. A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. He previously served as president of Dartmouth College, was a co-founder of Partners In Health and director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he moved with his family to the United States at the age of five and grew up in Muscatine, Iowa. After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University, he earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in anthropology from Harvard University. College of Business CEO Series and World Affairs Series

Project Enye (ñ): A Voice for First-Generation Latinos between Two Worlds - Documentary & Discussion with filmmaker Denise Soler Cox
Thu, 13 Oct 2016, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - First-time Latina filmmaker Denise Soler Cox draws on her personal struggles growing up between two cultures to chronicle the shared experiences of 16 million first-generation American-born Latinos, or Enyes (ñs). Raised in a household with at least one parent from a Spanish speaking country, Enyes (ñs) often grow up wrestling with issues of identity. Their home culture reflects the heritage and traditions of their family’s country of origin and is often in conflict with the mainstream American culture they experience everywhere else. For Soler Cox, creating awareness of the shared Enye (ñ) experience, and giving it a name, generates a powerful sense of belonging for a population struggling to understand where they fit in. Part of Latino Heritage Month The event will include opening comments from Soler Cox, a screening of the 37-minute documentary, and an audience Q&A.

Know Your Civil Rights! - Andy Duffelmeyer & Rob Poggenklass
Mon, 17 Oct 2016, 5:30 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - Andy Duffelmeyer and Rob Poggenklass, specialists at the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, will provide information about how civil rights laws protect people from discrimination in everyday life. Whether you’re looking for a job, an apartment, a loan, or an education, you have a right to be free from discrimination. Discrimination comes in many forms: race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The Iowa Civil Rights Act protects you against all these forms of discrimination. This presentation will focus on your right to be free from discrimination in Iowa and throughout the country. Find out what the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other civil rights laws can do for you.

The Dynamics of ISIS: Its Origins and Implications for the United States - Malcolm Nance
Mon, 17 Oct 2016, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Malcolm Nance is a counter-terrorism and intelligence adviser for the U.S. government’s special operations, homeland security and intelligence agencies. He frequently serves as a terrorism analyst for MSNBC and is the author of the book Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe. For more than 30 years Nance participated in field and combat intelligence activity, including as an Arabic-speaking field interrogator. A decorated veteran and former Navy intelligence officer, he deployed on numerous clandestine operations in the Balkans, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. He also served as a master training specialist at the U.S. Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School. Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science

National Security and the 2016 Presidential Campaign - Madeleine Albright
Thu, 20 Oct 2016, 2:30 PM – 101 College of Design - Click here for parking information Madeleine Albright was the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state, serving from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career in government includes positions in the National Security Council, on Capitol Hill, and as a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom in 2012, and is a professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She is the author of five New York Times best sellers including Madam Secretary, The Mighty and the Almighty, Memo to the President and Read My Pins. Part of the Campaign 2016 Series, providing the university and community with opportunities to question candidates or their surrogates before the November election.

Beyond Science Fiction: The Physics of Invisibility - Sir John Pendry
Thu, 20 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center - Sir John Pendry, the physicist who proposed the idea of an "invisibility cloak," is a professor of theoretical solid state physics at Imperial College London. Pendry has made seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics, but his work on cloaking and metamaterials is arguably his most famous and potentially transformative. His concept for an "invisibility cloak" uses metamaterials - whose properties are not defined by their chemical makeup but rather by their structure on the tiniest scales - to bend light in such a way that it can form a container around an object and effectively make it invisible. Pendry is a recipient of such distinguished awards as the Newton Medal, Descartes Prize, and the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience. The 2016 Zaffarano Lecture in Physics

Planning for Success - Aurelio Curbelo
Sat, 22 Oct 2016, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Aurelio Curbelo, born and raised in Puerto Rico, is the director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he worked as the multicultural liaison officer and administrator of the George Washington Carver summer research program for the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Iowa State. Curbelo earned an associate's degree in tropical crop production from the University of Puerto Rico and went on to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees at Iowa State, including a master's in agricultural education and PhD in Higher Education Administration. This presentation is part of the Puerto Rican Student Association's Cultural Night, which runs 6-10pm and includes traditional food and dancing.

Global Health and Sustainable Development - Ambassador John Lange
Mon, 24 Oct 2016, 3:00 PM – Cardinal Room, Memorial Union - Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) is Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy for the United Nations Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Lange spent four years at the Gates Foundation working with African governments to improve public health. He has served as co-chair of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Polio Partners Group as well as Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the inception of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Ambassador Lange had a 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, including service as Special Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza. He was Ambassador to Botswana from 1999 to 2002, where HIV/AID was his signature issue. Ambassador Lange co-chaired the U.S. Institute of Medicine committee that produced the 2014 report Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives. World Affairs Series

The Geology and Geography of Floods - Jim O'Connor
Mon, 24 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Jim O’Connor is a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Portland, Oregon, who studies landscape evolution related to rivers and floods. He is particularly interested in the the role of floods in shaping our historic and present-day physical and cultural landscapes. A fellow of the Geological Society of America, O'Connor has done extensive work on Ice Age floods that transformed the Pacific Northwest. O'Connor completed his undergraduate work in geological science at University of Washington and earned MS and PhD degrees at the University of Arizona. He has worked at the U.S. Geological Survey since 1991. Sigma Xi Lecture Series

Legislative Candidate Forum - Iowa House of Representatives District 45
Tue, 25 Oct 2016, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Incumbent state representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Republican candidate Sondra Childs-Smith and Libertarian candidate Eric Cooper are running in the Iowa House of Representatives District 45, an area that includes many Iowa State students. Benjamin Dirks, Student Government Senior Director of Government Affairs, will moderate. Part of the Campaign 2016 Series, providing the university and community with opportunities to question candidates before the November election.

The Grandmother Hypothesis and Human Evolution - Kristen Hawkes
Wed, 26 Oct 2016, 6:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Kristen Hawkes is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a graduate of Iowa State. She will discuss her research on the Grandmother Hypothesis, the theory that the trait for human females having long post-menopausal lives has been selected because it allows grandmothers to help their offspring survive and assist in raising their grandchildren. The theory focuses on key differences in life history between humans and our closest living relatives, the great apes. Hawkes's research also focuses on the evolutionary advantages and consequences of grandmothering, which include more than just longevity.

Free Trade and Business at the Border - Tom Fullerton & Alberto Davila
Wed, 26 Oct 2016, 7:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Tom Fullerton and Alberto Davila will discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement-NAFTA, including cross-border trade, the border economy, and its impact on labor markets and business. Both are graduates of the Iowa State Department of Economics. Tom Fullerton is a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and holds the Endowed Trade in the Americas Chair in the UTEP College of Business Administration. His work focuses on border economics, econometrics and regional forecasting. Alberto Davila is Associate Dean and V.F. "Doc" and Gertrude Neuhaus Chair for Entrepreneurship in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a labor economist with a focus on the U.S.-Mexico border. Part of the Economics Forum and World Affairs Series

The Age of Trolls - Joel Stein
Thu, 27 Oct 2016, 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


Which Future? Fiction and the Everything Change - Margaret Atwood
Tue, 01 Nov 2016, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - "I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it the everything change." - Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood is an author, poet and environmental activist whose work is widely known for its commentary on the human condition and female experience. Her more than forty books include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, and The Heart Goes Last. Her MaddAddam trilogy, which began with the Oryx and Crake, is currently being adapted into an HBO series. Her forthcoming book, Hag-Seed, is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Atwood's many international literary awards include the prestigious Booker Prize for contemporary fiction, Arthur C. Clarke Award in science fiction and the Governor General's Award for fiction in her native Canada. Atwood's critical acclaim is equally matched by her popularity among readers and following on Twitter.

A Conversation on Safety, Justice and Students of Color
Mon, 07 Nov 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join us for a proactive discussion designed to raise awareness and understanding about the issues people of color face, especially in their interactions with law enforcement. Students and others on campus are invited to share personal experiences, including how national events and media coverage have had an impact on their lives and community. Panelists include Department of Public Safety Interim Police Chief Aaron Delashmutt, Ames Police Chief Charles Cychosz, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Reginald Stewart, and Student Counseling Services psychologist Dr. Raghav Suri. Monic Behnken, assistant professor of sociology, will moderate.

Fighting Modern Slavery - Yonas Tesfay & Josiah Carter
Wed, 09 Nov 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Yonas Tesfay, director of Hope for Children in Ethiopia, and Josiah Carter, Beza Threads, will share their experiences dealing with the complex issue of modern child slavery and explain how their organizations are finding solutions through social entrepreneurism and sustainable practices. Hope for Children in Ethiopia is a community-based organization which works side-by-side with community members to provide holistic care and support for children. Beza Threads partners with victims of slavery to support them in a journey toward independence and personal stability. After sharing stories of those rescued from slavery in Ethiopia, there will be time for questions and discussion.

Enduring Vietnam: Reflections on a War and Those Who Served - James Wright
Thu, 10 Nov 2016, 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

*To Be Rescheduled* - Rap, Race, Reality & Technology | Chuck D
Wed, 16 Nov 2016, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - TO BE RESCHEDULED - Check back for the new spring-semester date! Chuck D is leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy and is known for creating politically charged and socially conscious hip hop music. As a rapper, producer, author, and social activist, Chuck D delivers a powerful message about race, rage and inequality. He is a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. He is also co-author of Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality. Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture with the release of Public Enemy's debut album, Yo Bum Rush The Show, in 1987. Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

The Science of Running: Linking Biomechanics and Energy Cost - Rodger Kram
Thu, 17 Nov 2016, 7:00 PM – 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Rodger Kram, an associate professor of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss how the biomechanics of walking and running are linked to energy expenditure. His research considers such factors as body weight, propulsive force, and arm and leg movements. He will also address how energy cost changes with age, speed, hills, shoes and leg prostheses. In addition to humans, Kram has studied the locomotion of many other animal species including ants, antelopes, penguins, kangaroos and elephants. Pease Family Scholar in Kinesiology


A Deeper Black: Race in America - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where his cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," struck a national chord. His latest book, Between the World and Me, is written in the form of a letter to his teenage son about the challenges he will face growing up black in America. Coates is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about growing up in Baltimore with a father who was a Vietnam vet and Black Panther with his own underground black press. Coates is Journalist in Residence at the School of Journalism at CUNY and a former writer for The Village Voice, and a contributor to Time, O, and The New York Times Magazine. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote


The Patagonia Philosophy - Rick Ridgeway
Thu, 02 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Rick Ridgeway is Vice President of Public Engagement at Patagonia, where he represents and promotes the company’s core values with external stakeholders including NGO’s, trade organizations, academics and universities, and government agencies. In this role he is one of Patagonia’s key spokespersons in all its global markets. During his 12-year tenure at the company he has developed and launched environmental and sustainability initiatives including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign and Worn Wear. He also was founding chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition that today is the largest apparel, footwear and home textile trade organization in the world creating the Higg Index, a suite of standardized tools to measure sustainability and produce industry benchmarks for continual impact reductions. Bacon Center for Business Ethics Lecture

Redefining Global and National Security - Col. (Ret) Lawrence Wilkerson
Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Col. (Ret) Lawrence Wilkerson was Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff from 2002 to 2005. He was also associate director of the State Department's policy planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard Haass. During his thirty-one years in the U.S. Army he served as Deputy Executive Officer to then-General Colin Powell when he commanded the U.S. Army Forces Command, and Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary. Part of the World Affairs Series

Engineering to Win! - Bisi Ezerioha
Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Bisi Ezerioha is a race car driver, high-performance engineer, and CEO of his own company, Bisimoto Engineering. A chemical engineer by training, he was a pharmaceutical researcher for years before he applied his engineering skills to the pursuit of creating ridiculously fast cars. Ezerioha is credited with building the most powerful naturally aspirated, single-overhead-cam Honda engines in the world. His automotive creations have appeared in numerous video games and films, including Fast and Furious 7. Engineers' Week

In the Shadows of Charleston: Reflections on Race, Racism and Racial Violence - Keisha Blain
Mon, 20 Feb 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Keisha Blain is co-editor of The Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence, a newly published overview of race relations, racial violence, and civil rights activism in the United States and other parts of the world. The collection was designed to provide both historical and contemporary contexts for the 2015 shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, that killed nine people. Blain is a visiting research scholar in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and is on the faculty at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Department of History. Her interdisciplinary work centers on 20th-century United States history, African American history, the modern African diaspora, and women’s and gender studies.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Mon, 27 Feb 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Sustainability Symposium keynote speaker to be announced


Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 01 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Eating Disorder Awareness Week Keynote. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 02 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - LAS Dean's Lecture Series. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Sexual Assault Awareness Month event. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 30 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Supple Lecture Series. Speaker to be announced.

Main Street versus Wall Street in Historical Perspective - David Weiman
Thu, 30 Mar 2017, 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


Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Tue, 11 Apr 2017, 5:30 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Tue, 11 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Graduate & Professional Student Senate Research Conference Keynote
Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Mon, 17 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - First Amendment Day Series and World Affairs Series


Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM – To be announced - World Affairs Series. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM – To be announced - World Affairs Series. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM – To be announced - National Affairs Series speaker to be scheduled.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.