Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation – Keynote speaker: BLACK KLANSMAN author Ron Stallworth

Thursday, 24 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union
Join us for Iowa State’s university-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s program features keynote speaker Ron Stallworth, whose extraordinary story of being a black detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan is the subject of Spike Lee’s recent movie BlacKkKlansman. As the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, Stallworth overcame fierce racial hostility to achieve a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. It was in 1978 that he responded to a KKK recruitment ad using his real name while posing as a white man. With the help of a partner standing in as the "white" Ron Stallworth, he was able to sabotage cross burnings and expose members of the white supremacist group. Stallworth will discuss the months-long investigation and Black Klansman, the memoir he subsequently wrote to share his experiences of a deeply divided America.

The Advancing One Community Awards will be awarded prior to the keynote address.

Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019

BlacKkKlansman - Movie Screening
7:00 PM – Carver 101 - BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele, offers a provocative exploration of American race relations. In the midst of the 1970s civil rights movement, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. He sets out to prove his worth by infiltrating the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and convinces his Jewish colleague (Adam Driver) to go undercover as a white supremacist. Nominated for 4 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture-Drama, the film is an adaptation of Stallworth’s memoir and based on actual events.

Monday, 28 Jan 2019

The Power of Knowing Your Purpose - Brittany Packnett
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Brittany Packnett is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice. A former teacher, non-profit executive director, and Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, she has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership and honored at the 2018 BET Awards as "one of the fiercest activists of our time." Packnett serves as Teach For America’s Vice President of National Community Alliances, where she leads partnerships and civil rights work with communities of color. She is a co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence; a contributor to the Crooked Media network’s weekly news roundup on Pod Save The People, and a Video Columnist for Mic News. She also served as an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote

Thursday, 31 Jan 2019

How Would You Balance the Federal Budget? - A Principles and Priorities Exercise
6:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Understand the complexities of balancing the federal budget and the difficult policy choices lawmakers face in this interactive workshop led by staff from the non-partisan Concord Coalition. This 2-hour event kicks off with a short overview of federal spending, followed by the 90-minute Principles and Priorities exercise. Working in small groups, participants will review current federal spending priorities, tax policy and entitlement reform options and apply their own principles and negotiating skills to put forward a consensus-based deficit reduction plan. It’s an eye-opening experience designed to educate voters on the political will and compromise required to address our spiraling national debt. David Oman, Senior Advisor to the Concord Coalition and former Chief of Staff for Governors Robert Ray and Terry Branstad, will facilitate the workshop. The Concord Coalition is a bipartisan national organization that for 25 years has worked to encourage a balanced federal budget. Participants are asked to attend the entire 2-hour event.

Creating Disney Magic: Lessons in Leadership, Management, and Customer Service - Lee Cockerell
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort, has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business and authored several books on leadership, management and customer service excellence. At Disney, Cockerell led a team of 40,000 cast members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to their ancillary operations. He also created the Disney Great Leader Strategies, which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. His books include Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney and The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service. Part of the 2018-19 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

Thursday, 7 Feb 2019

The Hidden Machinery: The Art of Writing - A Conversation with Margot Livesey
2:10 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Join students and faculty in the Creative Writing Program for this informal moderated craft talk. Writers will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear author Margot Livesey discuss her writing process. Livesey is the award-winning author of ten books, including a collection of stories, Learning by Heart, and eight acclaimed novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona, The House on Fortune Street, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and Mercury, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews and Barnes & Noble. Her most recent book is a collection of essays on the art of writing, The Hidden Machinery. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series Praise for The Hidden Machinery: "There is no finer teacher of writing in America than Margot Livesey. The young writer who spends an hour with Livesey leaves with pockets filled with nuggets of her sly intuitions. To have an entire book of her wit, wisdom and constructive suggestions is to possess the mother lode.” James Magnuson, Director of the Michener Center for Writers

It’s All About Me: Left, Right, and Liberalism in Public Life - David T. Koyzis
6:30 PM – 2019 Morrill Hall - Our current political climate can lead Americans to think that left and right represent two warring factions and philosophies that are polarizing the political arena. David T. Koyzis, a Fellow in Politics at the St. George's Centre for Biblical and Public Theology, will show how the labels "left" and "right" mask the dominance of liberal individualism, with one side choosing the market and the other the state as the chosen means of advancing a liberal agenda. Koyzis will discuss alternatives and ways in which Americans can work together for the common good.

The Art of Fiction - A Reading & Conversation with Margot Livesey
7:00 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Margot Livesey is the award-winning author of ten books, including a collection of stories, Learning by Heart, and eight acclaimed novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona, The House on Fortune Street, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and Mercury, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews and Barnes & Noble. Her most recent book is a collection of essays on the art of writing, The Hidden Machinery. Margot Livesey grew up in a boys’ private school in the Scottish Highlands, where her father taught and her mother was the school nurse. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and currently teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series

The Science of Flirting - Jeffrey Hall
8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Jeffrey Hall is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas and an expert on flirting and communication in romantic relationships. He will discuss the research for his book, The Five Flirting Styles, and how understanding how you communicate romantic interest may help you improve your chances in love. Hall has published widely on such topics as humor in relationships, making and keeping friends, and social networking and Facebook and has been interviewed by such media outlets as National Public Radio and CNN and Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, TIME Magazine, and Wall Street Journal. He earned his doctorate from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

Monday, 11 Feb 2019

Chicano Activism and Immigration - Jimmy Patiño
7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Jimmy Patiño, an assistant professor of Chicano & Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, is the author of Raza Sí, Migra No: Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego. His work presents the perspectives of working-class Mexican-American and Mexican immigrant communities at the border and how different activist organizations from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s debated the problem of undocumented immigration. A native of Houston, Texas, Patiño recalls a childhood of hearing from his grandparents about growing up during the era of Mexican–American segregation, which in part inspired his work on Chicano activism. He earned his PhD from the University of California, San Diego.