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Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019

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

Monday, 21 Jan 2019

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

Thursday, 24 Jan 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation - Keynote speaker: BLACK KLANSMAN author Ron Stallworth
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join us for Iowa State’s university-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s program features keynote speaker Ron Stallworth, whose extraordinary story of being a black detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan is the subject of Spike Lee’s recent movie BlacKkKlansman. As the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, Stallworth overcame fierce racial hostility to achieve a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. It was in 1978 that he responded to a KKK recruitment ad using his real name while posing as a white man. With the help of a partner standing in as the "white" Ron Stallworth, he was able to sabotage cross burnings and expose members of the white supremacist group. Stallworth will discuss the months-long investigation and Black Klansman, the memoir he subsequently wrote to share his experiences of a deeply divided America. The Advancing One Community Awards will be awarded prior to the keynote address.

Monday, 28 Jan 2019

The Power of Knowing Your Purpose - Brittany Packnett
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Brittany Packnett is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice. A former teacher, non-profit executive director, and Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, she has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership and honored at the 2018 BET Awards as "one of the fiercest activists of our time." Packet serves as Teach For America’s Vice President of National Community Alliances, where she leads partnerships and civil rights work with communities of color. She is a co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence; a contributor to the Crooked Media network’s weekly news roundup on Pod Save The People, and a Video Columnist for Mic News. She also served as an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote

Thursday, 31 Jan 2019

Creating Disney Magic: Lessons in Leadership, Management, and Customer Service - Lee Cockerell
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort, has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business and authored several books on leadership, management and customer service excellence. At Disney, Cockerell led a team of 40,000 cast members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to their ancillary operations. He also created the Disney Great Leader Strategies, which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. His books include Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney and The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service. Part of the 2018-19 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

Thursday, 7 Feb 2019

The Art of Fiction - A Reading & Conversation with Margot Livesey
7:00 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Margot Livesey is the award-winning author of ten books, including a collection of stories, Learning by Heart, and eight acclaimed novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona, The House on Fortune Street, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and Mercury, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews and Barnes & Noble. Her most recent book is a collection of essays on the art of writing, The Hidden Machinery. Margot Livesey grew up in a boys’ private school in the Scottish Highlands, where her father taught and her mother was the school nurse. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and currently teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series

Monday, 11 Feb 2019

Chicano Activism and Immigration - Jimmy Patiño
7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Jimmy Patiño, an assistant professor of Chicano & Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, is the author of Raza Sí, Migra No: Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego. His work presents the perspectives of working-class Mexican-American and Mexican immigrant communities at the border and how different activist organizations from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s debated the problem of undocumented immigration. A native of Houston, Texas, Patiño recalls a childhood of hearing his from his grandparents about growing up during the era of Mexican–American segregation, which in part inspired his work on Chicano activism. He earned his PhD from the University of California, San Diego.

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 – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 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

Monday, 25 Feb 2019

Stand Up! Speak Up! Youth & the First Amendment - Mary Beth 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 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



Past Events

Monday, 3 Dec 2018

Amazing Iowa Women - Lecture and book release party with Katy Swalwell
1:00 PM – Sloss House - Katy Swalwell, an associate professor of education at Iowa State, is the author of the new illustrated children's book, Amazing Iowa Women. Swalwell worked with over 25 Iowa women artists and RAYGUN to create the book, which celebrates the incredible accomplishments of a diverse set of women throughout Iowa’s history. Swalwell will share highlights from the book as well as discuss her research and writing process. Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow her presentation.

Thursday, 29 Nov 2018

Rewriting DNA: Genome Editing in the CRISPR Era - Dipali Sashital
7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Genomes are the blueprints for our cells, containing the information needed to grow and sustain life. The recent discovery of CRISPR tools have enabled scientists to precisely alter DNA through a process called gene editing. We now have the power to redesign cellular blueprints in all forms of life, including humans, opening the door for new disease treatments, improved food supplies, and new sources of energy. Iowa State assistant professor of biochemistry Dipali Sashital is an expert in CRISPR technology, and research in her lab focuses on understanding and improving these tools. Sashital will share the story of the development of this groundbreaking technology, from its humble beginnings as a bacterial immune system to the incredible promise its many applications hold. Sigma Xi Lecture Series

Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018

A Seat at the Table: Creating Deliberately Diverse and Intentionally Inclusive Spaces in the Sciences - Danielle N. Lee
7:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Danielle N. Lee is a vocal advocate of science engagement among traditionally underrepresented and underserved audiences. She helped found the National Science & Technology News Service, a media literacy initiative to bring more science news to African-American audiences and promote science news source diversity in mainstream media. Lee began blogging about science and science education as a way to engage African-American and urban audiences in STEM. She hosts the Urban Scientist blog at Scientific American and teaches mammalogy and urban ecology at Southern Illinois University. Her many honors include being named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2017, EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 in 2014, and a White House Champion of Change in STEM Diversity and Access.

Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018

*NEW DATE & TIME* Lion Conservation on a Crowded Continent - Craig Packer
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Rescheduled from October 29 Craig Packer is director of the Lion Research Center at the University of Minnesota, where he is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior. For decades, Packer and his research team have conducted comprehensive long-term research on lion behavior and human-lion interaction for the famous Serengeti Lion Project. Their findings have shaped the way we understand lions and their role in complex savannah ecosystems and identified new approaches for protecting these dangerous predators. Packer is the author of Into Africa, which won the 1995 John Burroughs medal, as well as more than 100 scientific articles. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture

Men and the Politics of Hegemony in Ghanaian Film and Fiction - Theresah Patrine Ennin
7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Many times we focus on the victims of men’s destructive behaviour. How many times have we stopped to think that such behaviour can be detrimental to the one engaging in It.? In what ways do these behaviours cause harm to the men themselves? The presentation uses films and books to detail the measures these men undertake in their desire to reach the hegemonic ideal and the costs and consequences to themselves and their families. Theresah Patrine Ennin is the 2018 American Council of Learned Societies-African Studies Association Presidential Fellow. She is senior lecturer of African literature in the Department of English at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Ennin obtained her PhD in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was also a Fulbright JSDP Scholar at Wisconsin.

Children at War: Born into a War Zone - Panel Discussion with Jean-Pierre Taoutel
7:00 PM – Cardinal Room, Memorial Union - Members of the International Student Council’s Humanitarian Awareness Committee will share stories and facts about children growing up in nations at war or affected by war. The discussion will be led and moderated by Jean-Pierre Taoutel, a Senior Lecturer of French at Iowa State who also coordinates the university’s Arabic program and has led study abroad programs in France, Spain, and Morocco. Taoutel was born in Syria and grew up in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon. He moved to France to attend La Sorbonne in Paris and has been at Iowa State since 1999.

Monday, 26 Nov 2018

American Politics after the 2018 Midterm Elections - Panel Discussion
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Steffen Schmidt, Lucken Endowed Professor of Political Science at Iowa State, will moderate a panel analyzing the November 6 election results and discussing the future of American politics. Panelists are Jeff Zeleny, CNN Senior White House Correspondent; Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg Senior White House reporter and Iowa State University alumna; David Kochel, national campaign advisor and Iowa State University alumnus who served as chief strategist for Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign; and Jonathan Martin, New York Times National Political Correspondent.

Thursday, 15 Nov 2018

Talking Black in America - Documentary & Discussion with Producer Walt Wolfram
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - African American English is the most controversial and misunderstood variety of speech in America. The film Talking Black in America showcases the history and symbolic role of language in the lives of African Americans and highlights its tremendous impact on the speech and culture of the United States. It addresses the persistent misinformation about African American speech and situates it as an integral part of the historical and cultural legacy of all Americans. The film’s executive producer Walt Wolfram will offer remarks and take questions following the 60-minute film. Wolfram is a Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University, a world leader in sociolinguistic research and publications, and the director of the Language & Life Project at NC State University, through which he has facilitated numerous television documentaries, audio compilations, and other publications.

Iowa State and The Great War - Douglas Biggs
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Douglas Biggs, professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, is a native of Ames and a graduate of Iowa State University. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I, he will discuss the impact of World War I for Iowa State and its returning veterans. Douglas Biggs spent much of his youth exploring the ISU campus and later earned both a BA and an MA in history from the university before completing his PhD at the University of Minnesota. His interest in Ames and ISU history has led to several publications and public lectures on such topics as the Dinky, the university during World War II, and the early years of the Iowa State College football team. Veterans Day Speaker

Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018

Maineland - Documentary & Discussion with director Miao Wang
6:30 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Filmed over three years in China and the United States, Maineland follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers from China as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Stella and Harry are part of the enormous wave of Chinese "parachute students" enrolling in U.S. private schools, seeking a Western-style education, an escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. Director Miao Wang captures their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country. A discussion with director Miao Wang will immediately follow the 90-minute film.