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Sunday, 18 Feb 2018

TO BE RESCHEDULED - The Artist in the World: Poetry and Playwriting -- Heather Derr-Smith & Charissa Menefee
2:00 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - This event is being postponed due to a family emergency.

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 and part of the National Affairs Series 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 New York Times multimedia journalist. His work focuses on multiracial identity in Latina/o communities in the United States and throughout the Americas. His writing, photos, documentaries, and research have been previously 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

Saturday, 24 Feb 2018

Forum on Justice Reform - Gubernatorial Candidate
5:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Candidates vying for Iowa Governor will participate in a campus forum. Confirmed candidates include Democrats Cathy Glasson and Jon Neiderbach, and Libertarians Marco Battaglia and Jake Porter. Lance Leski will moderate.

Monday, 26 Feb 2018

The Age of Consequences - Documentary Film
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - The Age of Consequences has been described as The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth. It investigates the impacts of climate change on resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability. The film features military leaders, veterans, and Pentagon insiders, who take us beyond the headlines of global conflict and humanitarian crises to document how climate change stressors - water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function - create instability and function as a catalyst for conflict in volatile regions of the world. 80 minutes Part of the Symposium on Sustainability Series

Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018

Making Food Your Friend Again - Jessica Setnick
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Jessica Setnick is a pediatric dietitian and author of The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide. She has been recognized for her efforts at communicating nutrition messages in an understandable way and promoting a positive relationship with food as essential to a healthy and happy life. Setnick, who has recovered from her own eating disorder, currently trains professionals around the country at Eating Disorders Boot Camp and owns a private practice, Understanding Nutrition. She previously served as a dietitian for the eating disorders program at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Eating Disorder and Body Image Awareness Week

Thursday, 1 Mar 2018

Physical Activity Promotion in Underserved Populations - Scherezade Mama
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Scherezade Mama is an assistant professor at Penn State University whose research focuses on physical activity and health promotion among underserved and vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, women, low-income populations, and rural residents. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms through which the social environment and psychosocial factors influence health risk behaviors, such as inactivity, that contribute to health disparities and inequities in these populations.

Friday, 2 Mar 2018

ISCORE Keynote Address - Susana Muñoz
12:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Susana Muñoz is an assistant professor of higher education in the School of Education at Colorado State University and codirector of their Higher Education Leadership Program. She was recently named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine as one of the 25 most influential women in higher education. Her first book, Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education: The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists, was published in 2015. Muñoz earned her undergraduate degree in political science and international studies from Iowa State and returned to Iowa State to earn a PhD in educational leadership and policy studies. The 2018 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, ISCORE, Keynote Address

Wednesday, 7 Mar 2018

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Center for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities Symposium. Speaker to be announced.