Schedule of Events

01 Aug 2016 - 31 Jul 2017

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

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

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

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

Mindfulness & Mental Health - Doug Gentile
Tue, 13 Sep 2016, 5:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Douglas Gentile is a research scientist and professor of psychology at Iowa State. He also studies how the practice of mindfulness can help people become more resilient and manage stress. His presentation focuses on mindfulness as a tool for promoting well-being and relaxation as well as instruction on techniques and exercises. Part of the Mental Health Expo A resource fair with local mental health and substance abuse professionals will be held in the adjoining South Ballroom beginning at 4:30pm.

Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom - Marti MacGibbon
Tue, 13 Sep 2016, 6:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Marti MacGibbon is a certified addiction treatment professional, trafficking survivor, and standup comic. A remarkable speaker and storyteller, she shares simple, effective strategies that anyone can use to overcome adversity, get back on track, reduce stress, and cultivate a sense of humor. MacGibbon speaks from personal experience. She hit rock bottom in every possible way as a hard-core drug addict and was trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime. As an empowered survivor and advocate, MacGibbon has spoken at the White House and the U.S. Department of State and written a memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom. Part of the Mental Health Expo A resource fair with local mental health and substance abuse professionals will be held in the adjoining South Ballroom beginning at 4:30pm.

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

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

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Mon, 19 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Part of Latino Heritage Month. Speaker to be announced.

The Constitution & Separation of Powers - A Congressional Perspective
Tue, 20 Sep 2016, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - What happens when the actions of one branch of the federal government - Legislative, Executive or Judicial - appears to unconstitutionally intrude upon the powers of another branch? This concern is a recurring theme for voters and campaigns during this presidential election year, so please join the dialogue. Panel members include: Edward Mezvinsky, a Democrat who represented Iowa's 1st congressional district in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977, served on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings. He will be joined by a former Republican colleague. The discussion is a part of the Congress-to-Campus Program sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. James McCormick, professor in the Iowa State Political Science Department, will moderate. Constitution Day Event

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

Catholicism and Islam: Seeking Deeper Understanding - Anne Clifford
Tue, 27 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - 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

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.

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences William K. Deal Leadership Lecture - 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. 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.

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.

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 new 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

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center - Speaker to be announced.

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Sat, 22 Oct 2016, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Puerto Rican Cultural Night. Speaker to be announced.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016, 3:00 PM – Cardinal Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sigma Xi Lecture Series. Speaker to be announced.


Fiction, the Future and Environmental Crisis - Margaret Atwood
Tue, 01 Nov 2016, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 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.

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


A Deeper Black: Race in America - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where his cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," struck a national chord. His latest book, Between the World and Me, is written in the form of a letter to his teenage son about the challenges he will face growing up black in America. Coates is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about growing up in Baltimore with a father who was a Vietnam vet and Black Panther with his own underground black press. Coates is Journalist in Residence at the School of Journalism at CUNY and a former writer for The Village Voice, and a contributor to Time, O, and The New York Times Magazine. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote


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


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

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

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

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Phi Beta Kappa Lecture. Speaker to be announced.


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

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


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

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

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

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