Schedule of Events

01 Aug 2017 - 31 Jul 2018

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August

ISU Lectures 60th Anniversary Celebration
Wed, 30 Aug 2017, 3:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Join us for an open house reception, 3:30-5:30pm, to celebrate the Iowa State Lectures Program! The Committee on Lectures was established in 1958 with a series of four speakers. For 25 years it was directed by professor James Lowrie and initially operated out of his office in the English Department. Today, the Lectures Program Office works with the Committee on Lectures, the National Affairs Series (est. 1968) and World Affairs Series (est. 1966) planning committees, as well as a wide range of student organizations, academic units, and administrative offices, to schedule more than 100 speakers each year. This special event includes a short program at 4:30pm to recognize director Pat Miller's more than 35 years of service.

Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics - Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 7:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate in 2006 and is currently serving her second term in office. Senator Klobuchar has built a reputation for working across party lines, including on landmark pieces of legislation to end human trafficking, to combat the opioid epidemic, and to improve the lives of veterans. She championed a long-term Farm Bill in 2014 and was one of fourteen senators who fought to create a bipartisan debt commission. Senator Klobuchar currently chairs the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and serves as the ranking member on the Senate Rules Committee, the joint Economic Committee, and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics

September

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 06 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture Series
Mon, 11 Sep 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Water Exploration in the Solar System: The Restless Hunt for Life - Essam Heggy
Tue, 12 Sep 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Essam Heggy is a planetary scientist at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and a Rosetta co-investigator at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He will discuss methods being used to explore possible subsurface aquifers and ice deposits on Mars as well as NASA’s and the European Space Agency's future plans future plans to probe subsurface water on the red planet and Jupiter’s icy moons. Heggy is currently a member of several science teams conducting experiments on board the ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter and Rosetta Mission; the Chandrayaan-1, India’s first lunar mission; and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Understanding and Defeating Racism and Discrimination in America - Tim Wise
Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Tim Wise is a prominent antiracist writer and educator and author of the memoir White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. He has spent the last 25 years speaking to audiences across the country and training corporate, government, media, and military professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise is the author of six other books, including Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. He has been featured in several documentaries and is one of five persons interviewed for a video exhibition on race relations in America at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Medical Apartheid: The History of Experimentation on Black Americans - Harriet Washington
Mon, 18 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Harriet Washington is a medical ethicist and author of the best-selling book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. She has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. Her latest book, Infectious Madness, looks at the connection between germs and mental illness. An award-winning medical writer and editor, Washington has worked for USA Today, been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and written for such academic forums as The New England Journal of Medicine. National Affairs Series

Help! You Need Somebody! - Sara Benincasa
Tue, 19 Sep 2017, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sara Benincasa is a comedian, mental health advocate and author of Agorafabulous! Dispatches from My Bedroom. With courage and humor, she shares her experience overcoming mental illness as a young adult, coping with panic attacks, and navigating the highs and lows of college life. Benincasa's eclectic background includes work as an Americorps teacher, janitor, legal assistant, bathtub talk show host, and citizen journalist for MTV News covering the 2008 presidential election. Her memoir, Agorafabulous, is currently being adapted as a television series with Oscar winner Diablo Cody. Mental Health Expo A resource fair with local mental health and substance abuse professionals will be held in the adjoining South Ballroom beginning at 4:30pm.

Is There Evidence of God from Contemporary Science? - Fr. Robert Spitzer
Mon, 25 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Fr. Robert Spitzer served as president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. A Catholic priest and Jesuit, he is the author of eight books, including New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy . He appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe,” where he responds to viewer questions on a range of subjects, including reason, faith, suffering, and the existence of God. He has made many other TV appearances, including The History Channel’s “God and The Universe,” the PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow on Larry King Live. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

World Affairs Series Event Being Planned
Tue, 26 Sep 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Vanishing Vaquitas: Lessons from a Humble Porpoise - Barbara Taylor
Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Barbara Taylor, a conservation biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center, is actively involved with recent efforts to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise found only in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California. Her discussion of the vaquita’s rapid population decline will address broader themes of ocean and coastal conservation, international politics and what individuals can do to protect endangered species. Barbara Taylor leads the center’s Marine Mammal Genetics Program and researches how genetic data can be used in population analysis and conservation. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture

October

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - George M. Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 05 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Back to the Future: The Social Justice Origins and Future of Latinx Studies - Ginetta Candelario
Thu, 05 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Location to be announced - Ginetta Candelario is an associate professor of sociology and Latin American & Latino/a Studies at Smith College, where her teaching focuses on race and ethnicity in the Americas, Latina/o communities in the United States and Latin American, and Latina feminist activism. Her research interests include Dominican history and society, especially Dominican identity formation. Candelario has been a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic twice, most recently in 2016, and is the author of Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops. Latino/a Heritage Month

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Fri, 06 Oct 2017, 11:00 AM – Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Stafford Lecture Series on Banking. Speaker to be announced.

National Defense and International Security - Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier
Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is the Director of Plans and Policy at U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He is directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance; military strategy and guidance; space and weapons employment concepts and policy; and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. He is also responsible for the development of the nation’s strategic war plan, strategic support plans for theater combatant commanders and contingency planning for the global strike mission. General Crosier attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988 after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. Part of the World Affairs Series

It's What I Do - Lynsey Addario
Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who has covered conflicts and humanitarian crises in Iraq, Darfur, South Sudan, Congo, and Libya, where she was one of four journalists held captive by the Libyan Army. Named one of the most influential photographers of the past 25 years, she received a Pulitzer Prize for her work documenting life under the Taliban in Afghanistan as well as a MacArthur Fellowship. Her recent work includes Syrian refugees, ISIS’s push into Iraq, and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Lynsey Addario’s New York Times bestselling memoir, It's What I Do, is being made into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Steven Spielberg.

2017 Norman Borlaug Lecture - World Food Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina
Mon, 16 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, is the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. He is being honored for his leadership over the past two decades to significantly expand food production in Nigeria, introduce initiatives to exponentially increase the availability of credit for smallholder farmers across the African continent, and galvanize the political will to transform African agriculture. As Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture from 2011 to 2015, Adesina successfully transformed his country's agriculture sector, creating programs to make Nigeria self-sufficient in rice production and to help cassava become a major cash crop. He also took steps to end over 40 years of corruption in the fertilizer and seed sectors in Nigeria by launching the E-Wallet system, directly providing farmers with vouchers redeemable for inputs using mobile phones. 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.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science. Speaker to be announced.

Black Holes in the Universe and in Hollywood - Roger Blandford
Thu, 26 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center - Roger Blandford is an astrophysicist widely recognized for his contributions to the study of black holes. He will describe the strange and wonderful behavior of black holes and compare that to some of the alternate realities created in the movies. Blandford directs the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University, where he is the Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and a member of the Physics Department. Blandford is known for his pioneering theoretical work and has studied a wide variety of phenomena crucial to understanding the universe’s structure and evolution. His many achievements include the discovery of how energy is extracted from a rotating black hole, now referred to in his honor as the Blandford–Znajek process. Zaffarano Lecture in Physics

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Documentary and discussion to be announced.

November

The Economy and You: Separating The Facts from the Fiction - Peter Dunn
Wed, 01 Nov 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Peter Dunn is a personal finance expert known as Pete the Planner® with a USA TODAY financial advice column and The Million Dollar Plan Podcast. He is the founder of Advanced Planning Solutions, a financial education firm, and author of ten books including 60 Days to Change: A Daily How-To Guide With Actionable Tips for Improving Your Financial Life. He regularly appears on CNN Headline News, Fox News, Fox Business as well as numerous nationally syndicated radio programs, and is considered one of the top four most influential financial broadcasters in the nation. Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture Series

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Mon, 06 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

January

Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation - Howard Gillman & Mariah Watson
Thu, 18 Jan 2018, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Please join a discussion about balancing First Amendment rights with the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses. Participants include Howard Gillman is chancellor of the University of California, Irvine; a Constitutional scholar and co-author of the upcoming Free Speech on Campus with the Yale University Press, and an American Constitutionalism series with the Oxford University Press. Mariah Watson was president of the University of California, Davis, student government where her leadership helped advance inclusiveness and diversity across the UC system. She was instrumental in establishing productive meetings between the African Black Coalition and the Office of the President; helped establish a student-oriented police review board, which has served as a model for other campuses, and her team worked to create the African Diaspora Student Success Center, a resource center that aims to decrease dropout rates in the African American community. She graduated in 2016, and is currently a California State Senate Fellow in Sacramento.Part the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series

February

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 22 Feb 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Latino/a Studies Program speaker to be announced.

April

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 19 Apr 2018, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Phi Beta Kappa speaker to be announced.

June

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - National Affairs Series speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - World Affairs Series speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - Speaker to be announced

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Women's Leadership Series. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - National Affairs Series. Speaker to be announced.

World Affairs Series Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - Speaker to be announced.