Schedule of Events
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 Forbes.com 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. No podcast will be available for this event.
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, director of the Bioethics Program, 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 Commander Jason Tuttle, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Reginald Stewart, and Student Counseling Services psychologist 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
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
State of the Student Body - Student Government President Cole Staudt
Tue, 29 Nov 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Student Body President Cole Staudt will discuss Student Government's new initiatives and recently completed projects focused on improving the student experience, especially surrounding mental health. Following the annual address Staudt will lead a discussion about how students can move the university community forward and have a positive impact on the campus climate. Student Government seeks your input on how best to support and empower student leaders; promote respectful dialogue; and ensure a safe and inclusive campus. Unable to attend? This event will be live streamed on the Student Government Facebook page: @isu.stugov.
The Good Girls Revolt: Women, Work and Politics - Lynn Povich
Thu, 01 Dec 2016, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lynn Povich is an award-winning journalist and pioneer for women's equality in the workplace. She helped organize a landmark sex discrimination suit against Newsweek magazine in 1970 and five years later became the first female senior editor in the magazine’s history. Her 2012 book, The Good Girls Revolt, chronicles that lawsuit, its impact on the women involved, and what has - and hasn't - changed for women in business and the media. Her book has inspired a ten-part original, fictionalized drama series now available through Amazon Prime. In 1991, Povich left Newsweek to become editor-in-chief of Working Woman magazine. Most recently she was managing editor and senior executive producer of East Coast programming at MSNBC.com. Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics
Let Freedom Ring - Carillon Concert
Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 11:50 AM – Central Campus - A carillon concert in honor of Dr. King. Tin-Shi Tam, carilloneur. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Legacy Convocation - Courageous Conversations: Where Do We Go from Here?
Thu, 19 Jan 2017, 3:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and learn how his global vision of equality for everyone remains relevant today. This year's program features a panel discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream and how it can be actualized in the current social and political climate. Participants include Lori Patton Davis, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and T. Elon Dancy, Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Academic Inclusion at the University of Oklahoma. The conversation will be facilitated by Daniel Spikes, an assistant professor in the Iowa State School of Education. The Advancing One Community Awards will also be presented. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series
Ames Community Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017, 6:00 PM – (Postponed from January 16) - Ames Middle School, 3915 Mortensen Road - Celebrate with song, story and birthday cake. An Ames tradition! Join us at 6:00 for cake and music, with an hourlong program beginning at 6:30. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series
What Are Your Rights? - A Conversation
Mon, 23 Jan 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Opening remarks will be provided by ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis, and Corey Saylor, head of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. He is a national expert on countering Islamophobia and co-authored CAIR’s Islamophobia report, Confronting Fear. Then join us for a discussion of the constitutional and legal rights of Muslims. Students and others on campus are invited to share their own concerns, ask questions and help raise awareness about resources available on and off-campus during this uncertain post-election period. Clark Wolf, Iowa State professor in philosophy and political science and director of the Bioethics Program, will moderate the discussion. No podcast will be available for this event.
What Are the Legal Rights of Immigrants? - A Forum
Tue, 24 Jan 2017, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Join us for a panel discussion about the constitutional and legal rights of all immigrants living in Iowa. Panelists include Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Executive Officer from the Office of Latino Affairs/Iowa Department of Human Rights; Ann Naffier, an immigration attorney with Justice for Our Neighbors; Sandra Sanchez from the American Friends Service Committee; Sandra Zapata from One Iowa; and Rita Bettis with ACLU of Iowa. The discussion will cover immigrants’ rights, including undocumented residents and DACA students; how to address hate incidents; and the availability of on and off-campus resources. Students, faculty, staff and Ames community members are invited to attend, ask questions and share their concerns and resources.
What Is Your Vocation? - A Panel Discussion
Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 6:30 PM – 2019 Morrill Hall - Vo-ca-tion: A summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action. What is your vocation? How do you see yourself as an agent of goodness, truth, and beauty in the world, using your skills and passions for bringing about human flourishing? Join us for a panel discussion with three individuals who are working out their vocations for the common good: Ethan Brue, engineering professor and former R&D engineering leader for DuPont; Mark Osler, former federal prosecutor, legal scholar, and professor at St. Thomas Law School; and Jenny Jessup, mobilization specialist for English Language Institute-China.
Exercise and the Brain - Daniel Corcos
Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Daniel Corcos, a professor at Northwestern University in the Feinberg School of Medicine, is a motor systems neuroscientist who has made significant contributions to understanding how different brain regions control movement. Dr. Corcos will address how both resistance exercise and endurance exercise are important for improving brain health, and how exercise affects brain volume as well as other measures of brain structure and function in health and disease. He is currently studying how progressive resistance exercise improves the motor and non-motor systems of people with Parkinson’s disease, and how endurance exercise changes disease severity in Parkinson’s disease. 2016-17 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series - Move for Life: The Health Benefits of Exercise Across the Lifespan
Rap, Race, Reality & Technology - Chuck D
Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 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.
A Deeper Black: Race in America - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Doors open at 6:00 | No tickets Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic and wrote the magazine’s recent cover story “My President Was Black,” a history of the first African American White House. He is the author of the bestselling book Between the World and Me, which is written in the form of a letter to his teenage son about the challenges he will face growing up black in America. Coates’s June 2014 cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," won the George Polk Award for Commentary, and in 2015 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. He is also the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote Autographed copies of his book will be available for sale in lieu of a book signing.
The World is All Around Us: An Interactive Session on Diversity - Lee Mun Wah
Tue, 31 Jan 2017, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Lee Mun Wah is a documentary filmmaker, author, educator and founder of Stirfry Seminars, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques. His popular interactive session focuses on what it takes to create a truly multicultural community. He is best known for his documentary The Color of Fear, the subject of a Oprah Winfrey special. His latest film, If These Halls Could Talk, focuses on college students and their dialogue about race and racism, and other diversity issues in higher education. Lee Mun Wah was a resource specialist and counselor in the San Francisco Unified School District for more than 25 years prior to founding Stirfry Seminars.
Good for Business, Good for the Planet - Rick Ridgeway
Thu, 02 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Rick Ridgeway is Vice President of Public Engagement at Patagonia, a maker of high-performance outerwear whose mission to protect and preserve the environment is at the core of its business operations. This year Patagonia pledged to donate every cent of its Black Friday profits - a total of $10 million - to grassroots environmental organizations. Ridgeway, one of the world’s foremost mountaineers, has held numerous leadership roles at Patagonia during his long history with the company. He is responsible for many of its key sustainability initiatives, including the Footprint Chronicles, designed to bring transparency to the supply chain; Worn Wear, which encourages reduced consumption through its repair-and-recycle program; and the Responsible Economy Campaign. Murray Bacon Center for Business Ethics Lecture
Technological Entrepreneurship: A Key to World Peace and Prosperity - Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman
Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 5:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dan Shechtman, an Iowa State Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering and research scientist at Ames Laboratory, won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The honor was awarded for his discovery of quasicrystals, crystalline materials with a periodic atomic structure deemed impossible in modern crystallography. He is also the Philip Tobias Distinguished Professor of Materials Science at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, where he has taught a course in technological entrepreneurship for nearly thirty years. He joined Iowa State and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory in 2004. His current research efforts center on developing strong and ductile magnesium alloys for a variety of applications, and deformation mechanisms in B2 intermetallics.
Mental Health at Iowa State - A Conversation
Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join us for a discussion designed to raise mental health awareness and learn how different entities at Iowa State are working to provide support and education. With 1 in 5 students living with a diagnosable mental health condition, it is important to openly address this often uncomfortable topic and work toward ending the stigma. Students and others on campus are invited to share personal experiences about living with mental illness, the misunderstandings they've encountered about their condition, and the importance of seeking assistance. Panelists for this discussion include the new director of Student Wellness Mark Rowe-Barth, professor of psychology David Vogel, and Student Counseling Services psychologist Kristen Sievert. Distinguished Professor of Psychology Gary Wells will facilitate the discussion
Linking Language and Well-being from a Myaamia Perspective - Daryl Baldwin
Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Daryl Baldwin, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is a linguist and scholar reviving the linguistic, cultural, and intellectual heritage of the Miami (Myaamia) nation. Using historical documentation, Baldwin taught himself the Miami language, which lost its last native speaker in the mid-20th century. His efforts to restore the language among scattered tribal members resulted in community-based education and preservation programs and, ultimately, the establishment of The Myaamia Center, a unique tribal-academic partnership between The Miami University of Ohio and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. As the center's director Baldwin continues his work using the reclamation of language as a tool to empower a healthy and sustainable Native community. Baldwin will be joined by Haley Strass, a graduate student in counseling psychology at Iowa State and a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, to discuss their joint project on learning within an indigenous knowledge system. No podcast will be available for this event.
Shaping Environmental Policy to Improve Water Quality & Environmental Health - Panel Discussion
Mon, 13 Feb 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Two distinguished alumni of the Iowa State Department of Economics return to campus to discuss policy options and incentives to improve water quality and environmental health in Iowa and the upper Midwest. What incentives, disincentives, or environmental markets would encourage practices that reduce nutrient runoff and nonpoint source pollution and improve environmental health? Which strategies would maximize net benefits? Participants include James Shortle, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics at Pennsylvania State University, who studies economic incentives and policy design for water resource management, including nutrient pollution, and Sandy Hoffmann, Senior Economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service whose research focuses on assessing human health benefits from environmental quality and food safety programs. John Miranowski Emeritus Professor of Economics at Iowa State will moderate the discussion. Part of the Economics Forum
Ramble: Walking and Visual Journaling - Mary Jones
Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM – Kocimski Auditorium, 0101 College of Design - Mary Jones is a mixed-media artist, illustrator, and printmaker who explores the creative potential of physically engaging with one's environment. She will discuss how walking well-trodden paths is like remembering in layers, and how this process of remembering is similar to the layers in her prints. Jones’s research into areas of flânerie - aimless idle behavior - and mapping and topological exploration will appeal not only to artists but to students of philosophy, writing, and the natural sciences. Mary Jones is currently a professor of art and design at Grandview University in Des Moines. Following the presentation, audience members are invited to view and discuss a selection of the artist's prints. Mary Jones will lead a demonstration and workshop focused on photo-based intaglio printmaking February 15-17. More information, including specific times and details, is available below or on the Lectures Program website.
Strong Women and Men Live Well: Nutrition and Exercise for Optimal Health - Miriam Nelson
Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Miriam Nelson, author of the bestselling book Strong Women Stay Young, will discuss what foods you should eat to stay young and healthy as well as what types and how much exercise improves health. Her talk focuses on the latest research in the field of muscle and bone health and includes guidelines and actionable steps for older women and men in particular. Nelson served as associate dean of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and professor of nutrition at its Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. At the Friedman School, she was the founding director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention. She is currently the director of the Sustainability Institute and deputy chief Sustainability Officer at the University of New Hampshire. 2016-17 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series - Move for Life: The Health Benefits of Exercise Across the Lifespan
Redefining Global and National Security - Col. (Ret) Lawrence Wilkerson
Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, 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 No podcast available for this event.
In the Shadow 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.
It's the Economy - Adam Davidson
Wed, 22 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Adam Davidson, co-founder and host of NPR's "Planet Money" team, recently joined The New Yorker as a contributing writer for business, technology and economics. He previously wrote the "It's the Economy" column for The New York Times Magazine, helping readers make sense of the frustrating and murky waters of economics and finance. Davidson's talent for offering substantive economic reporting that is funny, engaging, and accessible to the non-expert has been recognized with many top awards, including a Peabody. Before joining Planet Money, he was the international business and economics correspondent for NPR and, prior to that, the Middle East correspondent for PRI’s Marketplace. Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture Series
Addiction and Art - Paul Cooley
Thu, 23 Feb 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Paul Cooley is a fine artist based in New York City who recently had work acquired by Iowa State University Museum’s Art on Campus Collection. After battling drug addiction and homelessness from a young age, he found an avenue of self-expression through the art of graffiti. He decided at 21 years old to get sober, but he continued to pursue his passion in art, and now he has created a successful career for himself as an artist while preaching a message of positivity and hard work.
Seeds of a Sustainable Future - Colin Khoury
Mon, 27 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Colin Khoury studies diversity in the crops people grow and eat worldwide, and the implications of change in this diversity on human health and environmental sustainability. He is particularly interested in the wild relatives of crops native to the United States. Khoury is a research scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) headquartered in Cali, Colombia, and at the USDA National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado. He previously worked at the Global Crop Diversity Trust in Rome, the organization that collaborated with the Norwegian government and Nordic Genebank to create the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. University Symposium on Sustainability Keynote. The Symposium on Sustainability will host a poster display and reception prior to the lecture, 7-8pm, in the South Ballroom. Help celebrate sustainability efforts and accomplishments on and off-campus!
Millennials Empowering a Resilient Future - Short Films & Panel Discussion
Tue, 28 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - "Painted Poison" and "Food Scarcity" are two student-driven platform films that explore the intersections between social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The film screenings (approximately 30 minutes) will be followed by a panel discussion focused on the many ways sustainability impacts all aspects of our lives. The discussion will be facilitated by The Green Umbrella student organization and feature initiative founders Dakota Olson and Lakshmi Karuparthy. The University Symposium on Sustainability Live Green! Awards will be presented prior to this event. Help celebrate sustainability efforts and accomplishments on and off-campus! University Symposium on Sustainability
Eating Disorders Simplified - Buck Runyan
Wed, 01 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Buck Runyan is the executive director for Remuda Ranch at the Meadows eating disorders critical care units and in-patient, residential programs. His presentation is an overview of what eating disorders are and, more importantly, what they are NOT. It covers the components of addiction, personality and temperament and focuses on how to talk about eating disorders in a way that encourages healing and recovery. Runyan has more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders. Prior to joining Remuda Ranch he had a private practice in Southern California treating clients with eating disorders, self-injurious behavior and bariatric surgery. Eating Disorder and Body Image Awareness Week
Using Exercise to Treat Depression - James Blumenthal
Thu, 02 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - James Blumenthal, a clinical psychologist at the Duke University Medical Center, will discuss the relationship of exercise and physical activity to mental health. People who are physically inactive are at increased risk not only for a variety of diseases, including diabetes and hypertension, but also for a number of mental health disorders, ranging from clinical depression to dementia. Dr. Blumenthal will share evidence that prescribing exercise for patients with depression may be an effective alternative treatment. James Blumenthal is the JP Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University Medical Center. His research examines the effects of lifestyle behaviors, including exercise, on psychological functioning in healthy older adults, in patients with cardiovascular disease, and in individuals with major depression and cognitive impairments. 2016-17 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series
Programming Molecules in the Age of Nanotechnology - Robyn Lutz
Thu, 02 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - When scientists combine computer science with the information-processing power of molecules, science fiction becomes a reality. Self-assembling, programmable systems at the nanoscale are poised to have a major impact on society, from personalized medical therapeutics to biosensors that could detect pollutants in our water or disease in your body. Iowa State professor of computer science Robyn Lutz will describe research aimed at using computer science and software engineering methods to design molecular programmed systems that are efficient, verifiably correct, and safe for use. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture Series
ISCORE Keynote Address - Lakota Harden
Fri, 03 Mar 2017, 12:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Lakota Harden (Minnecoujou/Yankton Lakota and HoChunk) is an orator, activist, community organizer, workshop facilitator, and poet. The daughter of seven generations of Lakota leaders, she has dedicated her life to social justice. Harden first became an accomplished speaker as a representative of the early American Indian Movement's “We Will Remember” Survival School on the Pine Ridge reservation. She has continued her activism over the years, and now conducts trainings and workshops on unlearning racism, sexism and other social oppressions. The 2017 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, ISCORE, Keynote Address
Why We Explore Space - Former Astronaut Kathy Thornton
Mon, 06 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kathryn Thornton is a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions during her 12 years in the NASA astronaut corps. She is currently director of the University of Virginia's Aerospace Engineering Program. Thornton logged in more than 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity. Her missions included flights on Space Shuttles Discovery, Endeavor, and Columbia, and include space walks to repair both the International Telecommunications Satellite and later the Hubble Space Telescope. Thornton left NASA in 1996 and joined the faculty at the University of Virginia, where she previously served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Women's Leadership Series
Game Development in Flyover States - Jarryd Huntley
Wed, 08 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Jarryd Huntley is a technologist and independent game designer who has been working in IT and software engineering for nearly a decade. He will discuss how the rise of independent development and mid-sized studios had made game development outside traditional West Coast hubs more viable. Huntley is the coauthor of The 2016 Game Career Guide and The Artist’s Guide to Game Programming. He has played important roles in Cleveland, Ohio’s growing game development scene as both an instructor at Lorain County Community College and as an independent game developer.
TESTED: Who Has Access to Quality Public Education? - Documentary & Discussion with Filmmaker Curtis Chin
Tue, 21 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Tested, a new documentary by filmmaker Curtis Chin, explores the question of access to a high-quality public education, taking on such issues as affirmative action and the model-minority myth. The film follows a dozen families in New York City from different racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds as they prepare to pass the grueling standardized test to get into one of the city's best high schools. It highlights how extreme the gaps in opportunity are for minority groups. Curtis Chin is a writer, producer and community activist and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University. Filmmaker Curtis Chin will provide brief opening comments and lead a discussion immediately following the 70-min documentary.
How to Change Attitudes toward LGBT Rights - Melissa Michelson & Brian F. Harrison
Wed, 22 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Political scientists Melissa Michelson and Brian Harrison are co-authors of the newly released book Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes toward LGBT Rights. In it they explore how identity and communication affect attitudes about LGBT policies like marriage equality, employment non-discrimination legislation, and transgender rights. Michelson researches persuasive communication on issues such as transgender bathroom access. She holds a PhD in political science from Yale University and is a professor at Menlo College. Harrison's research focuses on political communication, public opinion and political behavior. He holds a master's degree in communication from DePaul University and PhD in political science from Northwestern University, where he currently teaches.
From Fantasy to Historical Fiction: Two Novelists on the Craft of Writing - David Anthony Durham & Benjamin Percy
Thu, 23 Mar 2017, 2:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - David Anthony Durham is the author of Pride of Carthage, the Acacia Trilogy, and other works of historical fiction and fantasy. His novels have twice been New York Times Notable Books and his novel Gabriel’s Story won the First Novel Award and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. Most recently, Durham won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of Science Fiction. He currently teaches popular fiction at the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program. Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, most recently The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga. His forthcoming book, The Dark Net is a 21st-century horror novel where black hat hacker culture meets the supernatural. Percy also writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics and is a member of the WGA screenwriters’ guild and has sold scripts to FOX and Starz. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series
(Un)Natural Histories: From Fantasy to Historical Fiction - Readings by David Anthony Durham & Benjamin Percy
Thu, 23 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - David Anthony Durham is the author of Pride of Carthage, the Acacia Trilogy, and other works of historical fiction and fantasy. His novels have twice been New York Times Notable Books and his novel Gabriel’s Story won the First Novel Award and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. Most recently, Durham won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of Science Fiction. He currently teaches popular fiction at the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program. Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, most recently The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga. His forthcoming book, The Dark Net is a 21st-century horror novel where black hat hacker culture meets the supernatural. Percy also writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics and is a member of the WGA screenwriters’ guild and has sold scripts to FOX and Starz. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series
The Voiceless - Film & Discussion
Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Filmmaker Vanessa McNeal, a graduate of Iowa State, premiers her documentary "The Voiceless," which features the stories of five men and their experiences as victims of sexual violence. The film explores the taboos and stereotypes of sexual violence against men and their impact on male survivors. McNeal will provide opening remarks before a screening of the hourlong documentary, after which subjects featured in the film will join in a discussion about ways to support male survivors. The film was co-produced by PLVTO Productions and was funded by the Iowa Board of Regents, Heart and Solutions Counseling Agency, and the Center for Violence Prevention and the Office of the Provost at the University of Northern Iowa, where McNeal is currently a graduate student. Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Apps, Maps, and Models: The Digital Revolution and History - Caroline Bruzelius
Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Caroline Bruzelius, founder of the Wired! Lab at Duke University, will discuss how digital technologies are opening up the humanities to broader engagement with the public and revolutionizing the way scholars teach and do research. Bruzelius has been working with digital visualization technologies for art and architecture for more than ten years and will share how they are changing how scholars model historical questions about places, buildings, and change over time. The Wired! Lab has also been a pioneer in integrating digital tools into teaching. Caroline Bruzelius is the Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Benson Memorial Lecture in Literature, Science and the Arts
The Leopold Center at 30 and Beyond - Panel Discussion
Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - For 30 years the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has worked to identify and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources and reducing negative environmental and social impacts. Three former Iowa legislators involved in the passage of the landmark Iowa Groundwater Protection Act of 1987, which created the Leopold Center, will discuss their original vision for the center, its accomplishments and challenges, and the role it can play in Iowa agriculture in the 21st century. Participants include David Osterberg, Ralph Rosenberg, and Paul Johnson. Leopold Center Director Mark Rasmussen will moderate the discussion. Shivvers Memorial Lecture
Hamilton and the Road to Success: In Words & Music - Tony Award Winner Leslie Odom, Jr.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - No tickets | No saved seats | General admission Doors open at 6:00pm (ISU Students), 6:30pm (ISU Faculty, Staff & General Public) Iowa State Students – LIMITED PRIORITY SEATING Iowa State students should line up at the north, upper lobby entrance. Doors will open at 6pm, and Iowa State students will have limited, first-floor priority seating. Individual Iowa State University students with a valid Iowa State ID will be able to enter at this location, 6:00-6:30pm. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and may not be saved. This entrance will remain open at 6:30pm, when doors open to faculty, staff, and the general public. Late-arriving students will be able to enter at any door IF there are seats available. Iowa State Faculty, Staff and General Public Lines will form at two entrances: the east doors and the southwest tower (handicap accessible). Doors will open at 6:30pm for general admission first-floor and balcony seating. Seats may NOT be saved for friends or family. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Late arrivals will be able to enter at any door IF there are seats available.
How to Interpret the Bible - Mary Healy
Thu, 30 Mar 2017, 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
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
America and the Middle East: Shifting Sands in the Security Relationship - Deborah Jones
Mon, 03 Apr 2017, 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
SEVEN: Documenting Seven Courageous Female Human Rights Activists - Lecture & Reader's Theater with Playwright Paula Cizmar
Tue, 04 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Paula Cizmar is an award-winning playwright whose work often combines poetry and politics. She co-wrote the play Seven, which is based on the real life stories of seven women’s rights activists from Nigeria, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, Pakistan, Northern Ireland and Cambodia. Following opening remarks by Cizmar, the play will be presented as a reading performed by seven local individuals who themselves represent different aspects of society: politicians, activists, athletes, journalists and survivors. Seven on Tour aims to raise awareness and engagement for women’s rights issues and stimulate debate on women’s role in society. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series
A Doctor to Her Tribe and a Warrior for Her People - Joe Starita
Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 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.
My Personal Journey with Diversity - A Conversation with TIAA President Roger Ferguson
Tue, 11 Apr 2017, 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.
How to Build Financial Security in a Changing World - TIAA President & CEO Roger Ferguson
Tue, 11 Apr 2017, 5:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - In a time of constant change, it’s more important than ever for Americans to focus on ensuring their financial well-being. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., CEO of Fortune 100 financial services firm TIAA and former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, will offer advice on steps that every individual can take, no matter what ups and downs may occur in the economy and markets. Ferguson represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees. As the only Governor in Washington DC on 9/11, he led the Fed's initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community. College of Business CEO Series and Economic Forum Series
Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture - Alan Barkema
Tue, 11 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Alan Barkema retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in February 2012 as senior vice president and director of research. He also served as professor and head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Oklahoma State University from 1996 to 1999. A native of Alexander, Iowa, Barkema holds BS, MS and PhD degrees from Iowa State University and an MS degree from Cornell University. He is a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford University. Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture
Transformative Technologies for Sustainable Global Development - Shashi Buluswar
Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Shashi Buluswar, founder and former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies, wanted to know what scientific breakthroughs could match the polio vaccine in its transformative impact on global human development. After two years of investigation and analysis, his team issued the report “50 Breakthroughs: Critical Scientific and Technological Advances Needed for Sustainable Global Development." It covers needed technologies in a variety of areas, including global health, food security and agricultural development, human rights, education, water resources, digital inclusion, resilience against climate change and access to electricity. Shashi Buluswar is currently CEO of LIGTT's successor, the Institute for Transformative Technologies, and teaches international development at the University of California at Berkeley. Graduate & Professional Student Research Conference Keynote
Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 13 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Quentin Johnson Lecture in Linguistics. Speaker to be announced.
The Colorado River: The Years of Living Dangerously - Anne Castle
Thu, 13 Apr 2017, 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
G.I.'s and Jews after the Holocaust - Kierra Crago-Schneider
Mon, 17 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kierra Crago-Schneider is a fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Museum and a historian at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. She was previously in residence at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, where she conducted research on Polish and Jewish displaced persons in British-occupied postwar Germany. She has also researched and written about Jewish responses to anti-Semitism after the war and Jewish postwar emigration efforts. Crago-Schneider earned a PhD in history from the University of California-Los Angeles.
Cyber-Sabotage: The History and Politics of Russian-American Hacking - Fred Kaplan
Tue, 18 Apr 2017, 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.
Strengthening the Sustainability of Agricultural Biodiversity - Karl Zimmerer
Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 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 A poster session and reception will precede the lecture, 5:30-7:00pm, in the South Ballroom.
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
Home Voices - MFA Program in Writing & the Environment Alumni Festival
Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 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
Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM – To be announced - World Affairs Series. Speaker to be announced.