Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation – Howard Gillman & Mariah Watson

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 at 6:00pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union
Please join a discussion about balancing First Amendment rights with the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses. Participants include Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, a Constitutional scholar, and co-author of the new book Free Speech on Campus. Mariah Watson was president of the student government at the University of California, Davis, 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 and helped establish a student-oriented police review board, which has served as a model for other campuses. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation

Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018

Let Freedom Ring - Carillon Concert
11:50 AM – Central Campus - A carillon concert in honor of Dr. King. Tin-Shi Tam, carillonneur. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series

Monday, 15 Jan 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Birthday Celebration
6:00 PM – 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, followed by an hour-long program beginning at 6:30pm. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series

Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018

How to Find Happiness in a Hectic World - Ven. Yuan Hao
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Tibetan Buddhist nun Ven. Yuan Hao will visit from the Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy in Serdar, China, the largest Buddhist Academy in the world. After completing her PhD and postdoc studies in chemical engineering in the United States, Yuan Hao worked as a senior systems engineer until 2007 before taking refuge and beginning a thorough study of Buddhism. Her presentation draws on research in the biological and social sciences as well as Buddhist teachings.

Monday, 29 Jan 2018

Race and Justice in America - Bryan Stevenson
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Stevenson's memoir Just Mercy is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the front lines against extreme punishments and careless justice. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. Stevenson will also be speaking about EJI’s Lynching in America Project and the need to confront the history of racial terror in this country. The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote

Monday, 5 Feb 2018

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - WLC World Cultures Lecture Series Speaker to be announced.

Monday, 12 Feb 2018

The Art of Language Invention - David J. Peterson
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - David J. Peterson created the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for HBO's Game of Thrones as well as the Dark Elves' Shiväisith language for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World. A linguist by training, Peterson offers an overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien's creations and Klingon to today's global community of conlangers. He will share stories of how he built Dothraki and Valyrian and discuss the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages. Peterson is the author of The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building and Living Language Dothraki. Quentin Johnson Lecture in Linguistics and Part of LAS Week

Monday, 19 Feb 2018

Coal, Climate and Environmental Backlash - Nick Mullins
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Nick Mullins is a former fifth generation coal miner from Appalachia seeking to better educate audiences about Appalachia's jobs-versus-environment dichotomy. An energy transition advocate and author of the blog The Thoughtful Coal Miner, Mullins hopes to inspire deeper conversations on the relationship between activists, corporate interests, and rural working-class communities and help audiences understand the political motivations of mining communities. His presentation looks at community reactions to both environmental activism against surface mining practices and the coal industry’s response through public relations campaigns and the “War on Coal” rhetoric. 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!

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

Blaxicans and the Future of Identity in the United States - Walter Thompson-Hernandez
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Walter Thompson-Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based multimedia journalist and is currently a doctoral student in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His academic research focuses on multiracial identity in Latina/o communities in the United States and throughout the Americas. His writing, photos, documentaries, and research have been featured by NPR, CNN, BBC, Fusion, Los Angeles Times, Remezcla, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.

From Mythbusters to White Rabbit Project: Engineering Entertainment - Grant Imahara
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Grant Imahara, formerly on MythBusters, now stars on the Netflix series The White Rabbit Project, a show about weird science and unusual tech that has been described as “Mythbusters in Wonderland.” Imahara is a former animatronics engineer and model maker for George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic, the special-effects shop, where he worked on such movies as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. He also worked on The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. Imahara earned his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Engineers’ Week 2018 Keynote