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Tuesday, 28 Nov 2017

*CANCELED* Iowa and the Fight to Stop Human Trafficking - Panel Discussion
5:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - This event has been canceled. Panel discussion including human trafficking investigator Mike Ferjak with the Office of the Attorney General and Alissa Stoehr, who teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies Program and advises the Iowa State Network Against Human Trafficking.

Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017

Who Will Help the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar? - Matthew Smith
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Matthew Smith, founder and chief executive officer of the human rights group Fortify Rights, will speak about the Muslim Rohingya, an ethnic minority group fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar. It is reported a half million Rohingya refugees have sought safety in neighboring Bangladesh, creating a humanitarian crisis. Matthew Smith's work has exposed wartime abuses and forced displacement, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations. Smith previously worked with Human Rights Watch (2011-13), where he authored several reports on critical rights issues in Myanmar and China. He also served as a project coordinator and senior consultant at EarthRights International (2005-11) and was a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow.

Thursday, 30 Nov 2017

Suicide Awareness: Break the Silence - A Campus Conversation
3:30 PM – 198 Parks Library - This campus conversation will focus on suicide awareness and how to take action in the community. A presentation with representatives from ISU Police and student wellness will conclude with small group discussions.

Science for All? Diversity in Science in a Global Economy - Sandra L. Hanson
6:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Sandra L. Hanson is a professor of sociology at Catholic University whose work has focused on gender, race and ethnicity in the sciences. She is the author of two books on the subject, Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls in Science Education and Lost Talent: Women in the Sciences. Hanson received a Fulbright award for teaching and research on gender in Eastern Europe at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow Poland. Her second Fulbright award was for teaching and research on gender and science in an international context at the Global and European Studies Institute, Leipzig University. Sigma Xi Lecture Series

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. Partof the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series

Monday, 15 Jan 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Birthday Celebration
5:30 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

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018

Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation - Howard Gillman & Mariah Watson
6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Please join a discussion about balancing First Amendment rights with the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses. Participants include Howard Gillman is the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine; a Constitutional scholar and co-author of the upcoming Free Speech on Campus with the Yale University Press, and an American Constitutionalism series with the Oxford University Press. Mariah Watson was president of the University of California, Davis, student government 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; helped establish a student-oriented police review board, which has served as a model for other campuses, and her team worked to create the African Diaspora Student Success Center, a resource center that aims to decrease dropout rates in the African American community. She graduated in 2016, and is currently a legislative aide for California State Senator Nancy Skinner. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation

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