Browse All Upcoming Lectures

Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019

Food and Faith: Why Eating is a Moral Act - Jim Ennis
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Jim Ennis is the executive director of Catholic Rural Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to issues affecting rural communities, including a just and sustainable food supply and the spiritual, social, and economic wellbeing of rural America. Before joining CRL in 2008, Ennis was the director of FoodAlliance Midwest. He also has a background in project management and marketing with the Pillsbury Company and the Clorox Company. Jim Ennis earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and holds a BS degree from the University of California-Davis, where he studied agricultural and managerial economics. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

Monday, 18 Feb 2019

The Sky Is Not the Limit - Capt. Scott Kelly
7:00 PM – **MOVED** STEPHENS AUDITORIUM - Free admission | No tickets | General admission seating Capt. Scott Kelly captivated the world and seized the imagination of millions during his record-breaking year spent living on the International Space Station - proving that the sky is not the limit when it comes to the potential of the human spirit. On his trip Scott Kelly, together with his identical twin brother, Mark, on Earth, paved the way for the future of space travel and exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. Author of the best-selling book Endurance, Kelly shares stories and photos from his travels in space, reflecting on how we affect our planet and where the future of space exploration will go. University Sustainability Symposium Keynote and part of the National Affairs Series and the World Affairs Series. Celebrating 10 Years of the Live Green! Initiative

Thursday, 21 Feb 2019

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
7:00 PM – Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall - Engineers' Week speaker to be announced.

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 – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 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

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

Crime Solving with Genetic Genealogy - CeCe Moore
7:00 PM – Great Hall, 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