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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.

Past Events

Thursday, 15 Feb 2018

How Nanoparticles Are Used in Consumer Products: Should We Be Concerned? - Alexander Orlov
7:00 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Alexander Orlov is an associate professor of materials science and engineering at State University of New York, Stony Brook, and a faculty member with the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research. His research focuses on the design of novel nanomaterials as well as understanding the hazards associated with nanoparticles so regulators can make informed decisions about the consumer and environmental safety of products using new technologies. Orlov’s many honors and awards include the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the U.K. National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts CRUCIBLE award. Sigma Xi Lecture Series

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 No podcast recording available for this event.

Monday, 5 Feb 2018

Banking on Women: The Next Emerging Market - Jessica Schnabel
5:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - This event will take place as planned. Jessica Schnabel is Global Head of the Banking on Women business at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. She works with financial institutions all over the world to provide financial services and support to women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Schnabel will discuss how women are changing the face of the global economy, often despite challenging legal, cultural, and economic contexts, and the importance of tapping into the power of women as leaders, employees, and entrepreneurs. WLC World Cultures Lecture Series

Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018

All We Do is Step, Stroll, Hop + Salute?! - Rasheed Ali Cromwell
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Rasheed Ali Cromwell, a leading authority on fraternity and sorority life, will share information about Black and Multicultural Greek-letter fraternities and sororities and their extensive contribution to society educationally, socially, economically, politically, and culturally. He founded and is president of The Harbor Institute, an educational consulting firm, teaches a Fraternal Values and Leadership Series at Howard University and served as a co-professor at The Ohio State University where he taught a Black Greek leadership class for the past three years. He also facilitates training advisors across the country for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at their national conferences, and was appointed a member of the anti-hazing task force at Florida A&M University.

Monday, 29 Jan 2018

Race and Justice in America - Bryan Stevenson
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Doors open at 7:15. Enter through West Lobby/Sun Room - 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 No podcast recording available for this event.

Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018

How to Find Happiness in a Hectic World - Ven. Yuan Hao
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Tibetan Buddhist nun Ven. Yuan Hao will visit from the largest Tibetan Buddhism Academy in the world. After completing her PhD and postdoc studies in chemical engineering in the United States, Yuan Hao worked as a senior systems engineer until 2007 before taking refuge and beginning a thorough study of Buddhism. Her presentation draws on research in the biological and social sciences as well as Buddhist teachings.

Monday, 22 Jan 2018

An Interfaith Dialogue - Campus Conversation
6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - This conversation invites discussion around stigma, stereotypes, and how we come together around philosophy and a modern day living. The panel presentation with moderator Dr. Shankar Subbramaniam will be followed by small group discussions.

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018

Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation - Howard Gillman & Mariah Watson
6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Please join a discussion about balancing First Amendment rights with the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses. Participants include Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, a Constitutional scholar, and co-author of the new book Free Speech on Campus. Mariah Watson was president of the student government at the University of California, Davis, 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 and helped establish a student-oriented police review board, which has served as a model for other campuses. Iowa State Bioethics Program Director and philosophy professor Clark Wolf, an expert in philosophy of the law, will moderate. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation

Monday, 15 Jan 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Birthday Celebration
6:00 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

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. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series