George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life – Preview of the IPTV Documentary & Conversation with the FilmmakerWednesday, 25 Apr 2018 at 7:30pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union
Filmmaker Laurel Bower will show a 30-minute segment of her hour-long documentary celebrating the life of George Washington Carver, including Iowa State’s role in his path to education. The full documentary will premiere on statewide Iowa Public Television Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m. After the excerpt is shown, producer and director Laurel Bower will be joined by associate producer and Iowa State alum Paxton Williams, who has portrayed Carver more than 400 times, to take questions from the audience.
Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018
Ethical Considerations - Brian Green
7:00 PM – 2050 Agronomy Hall - Brian Green, Director of Technology Ethics at Santa Clara University, will speak about the potential ethical implications of emerging and disruptive food technologies. He’ll share what needs to be considered in using these technologies in ways that encourage the development of a healthy, fair and sustainable food system for the future. 2017-18 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series
Thursday, 26 Apr 2018
4th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Forum
6:30 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - The Iowa State College Democrats will host a forum with candidates running for the Democratic nomination for the 4th Congressional District, which includes the city of Ames and Iowa State University. The primary election is scheduled for June 5. The three Candidates will address issues of concern to Iowa State University students in brief opening remarks and then take questions, which can be submitted online. Participants include Leann Jacobsen of Spencer, John Paschen of Ames, and J. D. Scholten of Sioux City. Part of the Campaign 2018 Series, providing the university and community with opportunities to question candidates before the election. A candidate meet-and-greet will precede the forum at 6:00pm. Link: Online Question Submission Form
Thursday, 6 Sep 2018
Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced
Monday, 10 Sep 2018
Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose: Stories from Eight Faith Perspectives - Kathleen Cahalan
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kathleen A. Cahalan is Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, for which she co-edited two recent volumes: Calling All Years Good: Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons and Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives. Cahalan also coordinates the Lilly Endowment’s Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative, which began this year. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series
Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018
The Dark Side of Big Data - Cathy O'Neil
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - - Rescheduled from March - Cathy O'Neil is a mathematician, data scientist and the author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. She will discuss the unintended negative consequences of using big data, including how so-called “objective” black-box algorithms have the potential to reinforce human bias in everything from sentencing to hiring workers. O’Neil began her career in academia before moving to the private sector, where she worked as a hedge-fund analyst during the credit crisis and then as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene. She writes regularly for Bloomberg View about algorithms, and in 2017 she founded the consulting firm ORCAA to audit algorithms for racial, gender and economic inequality. Part of the National Affairs Series
Thursday, 13 Sep 2018
Connecting Animal Behavior and Autism - Temple Grandin
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Temple Grandin is a person with autism, and an expert on both autism and animal behavior. She is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life starring Claire Danes, and she is the subject of the BBC documentary “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow.” The unique way Grandin's visual mind works and the connection between her autism and animal temperament is the subject of her book Thinking in Pictures. In Animals in Translation, she explores the connection between autism and animal behavior. Her latest book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, addresses scientific advances in understanding autism.
Monday, 17 Sep 2018
Latina Memories: A Chilean Human Rights Perspective - Marjorie Agosín
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Marjorie Agosín is an author, poet, and human rights activist known for her outspokenness for women's rights in Chile. Agosín was raised in Chile by Jewish parents, and her writings demonstrate a unique blending of Jewish and South American cultures. Her family moved to the United States to escape the horrors of the Pinochet takeover. Both her scholarship and her creative work focus on social justice, feminism, and remembrance. Agosín’s many awards include the Pura Belpré Award for I Lived on Butterfly Hill; the Letras de Oro Prize for her poetry, and a United Nations Leadership Award for Human Rights. She is currently a professor of Spanish at Wellesley College.
Tuesday, 25 Sep 2018
Mental Illness, Tragedy and Transformation: The Mark Becker Story - Joan & David Becker
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - The Story County Mental Health Resource Fair will precede the lecture, 6:00-7:00pm in the South Ballroom. Joan and Dave Becker share their family’s story about their son Mark and the experience they had coping with his paranoid schizophrenia. They hope it will help other families, caregivers, and professionals understand how they can make a difference in moving forward and improving our mental health system. The Beckers spent years visiting doctors, pleading with state mental health services, and trying to get their son help for what was finally diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia just three days before the unthinkable happened in their rural community of Parkersburg. National Recovery Awareness Month – Story County Mental Health Expo
Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018
William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture
7:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.