Letters to a Young Iowan: Readings

Zachary Jack and Friends

Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 at 2:00 pm – Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

Iowa State alum Zachary Jack joins faculty and community members in reading from Letters to a Young Iowan. These wise, humorous, and thoughtful letters advise young Iowans on how to live in and preserve the environment of our home state. Zachary Jack is an assistant professor at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and editor of Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom. Other participants include Jim Pease, an extension wildlife specialist and associate professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management; Neil Nakadate, University Professor of English and author of Understanding Jane Smiley; Susan Futrell an Ames native, freelance writer, and owner of One Backyard; Ames resident Phyllis Harris, author of Stories from Where We Live: Great Lakes Edition; and Karen Menz, who lives and teaches in Perry, Iowa.

Stay for the entire event, including the brief question-and-answer session that follows the formal presentation. Most events run 75 minutes.

Sign-ins are after the event concludes. For lectures in the Memorial Union, go to the information desk in the Main Lounge. In other academic buildings, look for signage outside the auditorium.

Lecture Etiquette

  • Stay for the entire lecture and the brief audience Q&A. If a student needs to leave early, he or she should sit near the back and exit discreetly.
  • Do not bring food or uncovered drinks into the lecture.
  • Check with Lectures staff before taking photographs or recording any portion of the event. There are often restrictions. Cell phones, tablets and laptops may be used to take notes or for class assignments.
  • Keep questions or comments brief and concise to allow as many as possible.