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Monday, 25 Feb 2019

Stand Up! Speak Up! Youth & the First Amendment - Mary Beth Tinker and John Tinker
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - In 1965, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker, 15-year-old John Tinker and 16- year-old Christopher Eckhardt were suspended from their Des Moines, Iowa, school for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. Four years later, the Supreme Court decision that resulted from their lawsuit was a glorious victory for the First Amendment rights of students. Mary Beth Tinker and John Tinker will discuss the significance of their historic Supreme Court case especially in the current political climate. Mark Stringer, ACLU of Iowa Director, will moderate. Part of the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy and the First Amendment Day Series

Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo
7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium - Free admission | No tickets | General admission seating LIMITED PRIORITY SEATING Iowa State students may present their ISU Card for limited, first-floor priority seating until 6:30pm. Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility and Is Everyone Really Equal, has had a profound influence on the national discourse on race. She has facilitated trainings on racial and social justice issues for more than 20 years and coined the term "white fragility" in 2011. DiAngelo will discuss her concept of how white Americans are unknowingly socialized to be highly sensitive to and defensive in situations involving race - that is, racially "fragile." She also emphasizes the perspectives and skills white people need to build in order to engage more constructively across race. Dr. DiAngelo is affiliate faculty at the University of Washington College of Education.

Wednesday, 27 Feb 2019

But You Don't Look Like You Have an Eating Disorder . . . - Sarah Thompson
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sarah Thompson, a writer, eating disorder recovery coach, and consultant, will share stories from their own recovery after having an eating disorder for 18 years. Their presentation focuses on barriers and access to eating disorder treatment, including fatphobia, homophobia, and transphobia. Thompson, who identifies as larger-bodied and queer, is a thought leader in the Health at Every Size®, Body Trust®, and LGBTQIA+ communities. They author the popular blog Resilient Fat Goddex and have been featured on such podcasts as Food Psych, Do No Harm, and Fearless Rebelle Radio. Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week Speaker

More Than Mutts: The History of North America's Earliest Dogs - Chris Widga
8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dogs have been part of the human experience in the Old World for at least 16,000 years. But when and where do we find the earliest dogs in the Americas? Chris Widga, head curator at the East Tennessee State University Museum of Natural History, is part of an international team studying early dogs and dog domestication. Their research examining DNA recovered from several ancient animals, published in Science, has revealed the unique genetic signature of America’s first dogs, where they came from, and offered insight into their complex evolutionary history of our canine companions. Chris Widga earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of Kansas and is an adjunct professor of geosciences at East Tennessee State University.

Friday, 1 Mar 2019

Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity - Keynote Speaker Vernon Wall
12:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Vernon Wall is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. He has accumulated over 30 years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill and has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing. Wall currently lives in Washington DC, where he serves as Director of Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc. He is also president and founder of One Better World, a consulting firm specializing in engaging others in courageous social justice and equity conversations.

Law and Story: Reframing the National Conversation about Immigration - Rev. David Vasquez-Levy & Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller
7:00 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy, President of the Pacific School of Religion, and Tom Miller, Iowa State Attorney General, will discuss both our immigration laws and the current immigration narrative. How can our academic, legal, and religious communities move the discussion away from fear and towards a more compelling vision of our place in an increasingly global society? David Vasquez-Levy was in northeast Iowa at the time of the Postville raid in 2008 and worked as part of the community response effort. He remains a leader on issues of immigration, promoting social awareness and public policy that maximizes a healthy and just mix of diverse persons in our communities. Part of the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy

Monday, 4 Mar 2019

My Journey as a Woman in STEM - Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen
3:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join your ISU Student Government in a celebration of International Women's Day. President Wendy Wintersteen will speak about her journey from as a woman in STEM, from being one of the first female ISU extension associates in integrated pest management to becoming the first woman president of Iowa State University. Wintersteen completed her doctorate in entomology at Iowa State and rose through the academic ranks to become a professor of entomology. She served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for 11 years before becoming president. President Wintersteen is also featured in the Women in STEM banner exhibit, which goes on display March 4 in Parks Library and recognizes the achievements of many women from Iowa State in their STEM fields.

The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child Survivor - Inge Auerbacher
6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Inge Auerbacher shares her story as a Holocaust survivor who spent 3 years as a young child in Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Auerbacher was born in Kippenheim, Germany, survived Kristallnacht, and was deported with her parents in 1942 to Terezin, where out of 15,000 children only about 1 percent survived. Miraculously, she and both of her parents survived and immigrated to the United States after the war. Inge Auerbacher speaks frequently about her experience and has shared her story in the books I Am a Star-Child of the Holocaust and Beyond the Yellow Star to America. She was a featured speaker at the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony last month. My hope, wish, and prayer, is for every child to live in peace without hunger and prejudice. The antidote to hatred is education, no more genocides, no more anti-Semitism. --Inge Auerbacher

Crime Solving with Genetic Genealogy - CeCe Moore
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - The 2018 arrest of the Golden State serial killer in California made international headlines in part because police teamed up with genealogists to use familial DNA to track him down. This new method of sleuthing raises questions about how it’s done, ethics and privacy, and the reliability of genetic and DNA tests. CeCe Moore is an investigative genetic genealogist and media consultant. She has worked as the genetic genealogist for the PBS Television documentary series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. since 2013. She is the founder of The DNA Detectives and recently joined forces with Parabon Nanolabs to lead their new Genetic Genealogy Services for law enforcement unit. National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy

Thursday, 7 Mar 2019

Canada-US Relations: Still Friends, Partners, and Allies? - Colin Robertson
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson is now vice president and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and hosts its regular Global Exchange podcast. He will speak about the U.S.-Canadian relationship beyond the Beltway and offer some perspectives on how it can continue to mutually benefit both nations even with the Trump administration's focus on "America First" policies in trade, climate and security. During his foreign service career Robertson served in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Consul General in Los Angeles, and at the UN and Consulate General in New York. He was a member of the teams that negotiated the Canada-US FTA and then the NAFTA. World Affairs Series: The U.S. Role Abroad