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Tuesday, 4 Sep 2018

Trade Relations and U.S. Agriculture - Tom Vilsack
6:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Tom Vilsack served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eight years and is currently president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. As Secretary of Agriculture he worked to strengthen rural communities and ensure a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply for Americans at home but also to expand markets abroad. He has been honored for his public service and work to advance American agriculture by the Congressional Hunger Center, National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau, and National Farmers Union. Tom Vilsack served as Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Part of the Technology, Globalization and Culture Series

Wednesday, 5 Sep 2018

The Art of Mindfulness - Romapada Swami
6:00 PM – Cardinal Room, Memorial Union - Romapada Swami is a Vaishnava monk, a scholar on Eastern (Vedic) thought and philosophy, and a highly respected spiritual leader. He will discuss how mindfulness can help one achieve peace and happiness and its role as a spiritual practice for the Hare Krishnas. Romapada Swami attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was introduced to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a religious organization rooted in ancient sanskrit Vedic scriptures and formed to spread the wisdom of Bhakti Yoga. He oversees temples in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Naperville, St Louis, Kansas City and, currently, Freeport, NY.

Refugee Stories: The Art of Mohamad Hafez - Mohamad Hafez
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Mohamad Hafez came to the United States to study architecture at Iowa State University and was unable to return to his beloved Syria. With the advent of the Syrian civil war in 2011, his home was forever changed. He will speak about his art, his refugee experience, and the stories of refugees from around the world, which he visually recreates in his exhibition Unpacked. The exhibit features miniaturized re-creations of a moment in time or a memory, each placed within a suitcase and accompanied by a recording of the refugee's story told in his or her own words.  The exhibition "Unpacked: Refugee Baggage" is in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall, September 4-October 19.

Thursday, 6 Sep 2018

The Art of Science: Bringing Pixar's Imagined Worlds to Life - Danielle Feinberg
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Danielle Feinberg, Pixar Animation Studio's Director of Photography for Lighting, uses math, science and code to bring wonder to the big screen. Go behind the scenes of Coco, Finding Nemo,Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more to discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastical worlds where the things you imagine can become real. Feinberg has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Harvard University. In addition to her Pixar work, she mentors teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math and science.

Monday, 10 Sep 2018

Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose: A New Approach to Vocation - Kathleen Cahalan
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kathleen A. Cahalan is Professor of Theology at Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, for which she co-edited two recent volumes: Calling All Years Good: Vocation throughout Life's Seasons and Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives. Cahalan also coordinates the Lilly Endowment's Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative, which began this year. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018

The Dark Side of Big Data - Cathy O'Neil
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Cathy O'Neil is a mathematician, data scientist and the author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. She will discuss the unintended negative consequences of using big data, including how so-called "objective" black-box algorithms have the potential to reinforce human bias in everything from sentencing to hiring workers. O'Neil began her career in academia before moving to the private sector, where she worked as a hedge-fund analyst during the credit crisis and then as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene. She writes regularly for Bloomberg View about algorithms, and in 2017 she founded the consulting firm ORCAA to audit algorithms for racial, gender and economic inequality. Part of the National Affairs Series

Thursday, 13 Sep 2018

The Design Process, Autism and Animals - Temple Grandin
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Temple Grandin is a person with autism, and an expert on both autism and animal behavior. She is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life starring Claire Danes, and she is the subject of the BBC documentary "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow." The unique way Grandin's visual mind works and the connection between her autism and animal temperament is the subject of her book Thinking in Pictures. In Animals in Translation, she explores the connection between autism and animal behavior. Her latest book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, addresses scientific advances in understanding autism.

Monday, 17 Sep 2018

Latina Memories: A Chilean Human Rights Perspective - Marjorie Agosín
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Marjorie Agosín is an author, poet, and human rights activist known for her outspokenness for women's rights in Chile. Agosín was raised in Chile by Jewish parents, and her writings demonstrate a unique blending of Jewish and South American cultures. Her family moved to the United States to escape the horrors of the Pinochet takeover. Both her scholarship and her creative work focus on social justice, feminism, and remembrance. Agosín’s many awards include the Pura Belpré Award for I Lived on Butterfly Hill; the Letras de Oro Prize for her poetry, and a United Nations Leadership Award for Human Rights. She is currently a professor of Spanish at Wellesley College.

Thursday, 20 Sep 2018

Art and Our Culture of Ephemerality - Andrew Kozlowski
6:30 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Artist and printmaker Andrew Kozlowski will discuss how our histories are shaped by the objects we possess and the ephemerality of our human-made, constructed world. Using images from his own work, Kozlowski encourages audiences to reflect on objects of high and low culture around them, from ancient urns and artifacts of art history to the discarded beer cans and building debris of today. Kozlowski's exhibit Under (Printed) Construction will be on display at the Design on Main Gallery September 10-20 and features screen- and relief-printed images that have been wheat-pasted to the gallery wall. On Friday, September 21, he will lead a workshop during which the exhibit will be torn down and recycled into new paper on which workshop participants will print their own images. Celebrating 10 Years of the Live Green! Initiative Located in the Main Street Cultural District in downtown Ames, Design on Main is a satellite studio and gallery facility that connects Iowa State University’s College of Design with the greater Ames community.

Monday, 24 Sep 2018

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Past Events

Thursday, 26 Apr 2018

4th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Forum
6:30 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - The Iowa State College Democrats will host a forum with candidates running for the Democratic nomination for the 4th Congressional District, which includes the city of Ames and Iowa State University. The primary election is scheduled for June 5. The three Candidates will address issues of concern to Iowa State University students in brief opening remarks and then take questions, which can be submitted online. Participants include Leann Jacobsen of Spencer, John Paschen of Ames, and J. D. Scholten of Sioux City. Part of the Campaign 2018 Series, providing the university and community with opportunities to question candidates before the election. A candidate meet-and-greet will precede the forum at 6:00pm. Link: Online Question Submission Form

Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018

George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life - Preview of the IPTV Documentary & Conversation with the Filmmaker
7:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Filmmaker Laurel Bower will show a 30-minute segment of her hour-long documentary celebrating the life of George Washington Carver, including Iowa State’s role in his path to education. The full documentary will premiere on statewide Iowa Public Television Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m. After the excerpt is shown, producer and director Laurel Bower will be joined by associate producer and Iowa State alum Paxton Williams, who has portrayed Carver more than 400 times, to take questions from the audience.

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018

Ethical Considerations - Brian Green
7:00 PM – 2050 Agronomy Hall - Brian Green, Director of Technology Ethics at Santa Clara University, will speak about the potential ethical implications of emerging and disruptive food technologies. He’ll share what needs to be considered in using these technologies in ways that encourage the development of a healthy, fair and sustainable food system for the future. 2017-18 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series

Thursday, 19 Apr 2018

Where Is U.S. Foreign Policy Headed? - Stephen Walt
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Stephen Walt is Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a former academic dean. He also taught at Princeton and the University of Chicago and has been a resident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Walt is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and co-chair of the editorial board of International Security. His books include The Origins of Alliances; Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy; and The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. He is currently writing a book about why U.S. foreign policy keeps failing. Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018

Is Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture Possible? - Sieg Snapp
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sieglinde Snapp is a professor of soils and cropping systems ecology at Michigan State University. She will discuss her work in Africa and the U.S. using agroecology as a framework for developing environmentally friendly, and farmer-relevant agricultural systems. Snapp’s research addresses harnessing biology in service of sustainable intensification, with innovations such as doubled up legumes and perennializing of field crops. She is committed to participatory research and extension programming to address farmer constraints. The mother-and-baby trial design she developed linking research trials with on-farm experimentation has been adopted by agronomists and plant breeders around the globe. Sustainable Agriculture Symposium Keynote A poster session and reception will precede the lecture, 5:30-7:00pm, in the South Ballroom.

Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018

Writing Science Fiction Thrillers in the Age of Climate Change - Paolo Bacigalupi
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Paolo Bacigalupi is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer and author of several popular dystopian novels for young adults, including Ship Breaker and, most recently, Tool of War. His debut novel, The Windup Girl, received Hugo and Nebula Awards and was named one of the ten best novels of 2009 by TIME Magazine. A work of environmental science fiction, it explores the unintended effects of bioengineering and a future world in which fossil fuels are no longer viable. Bacigalupi’s latest novel for adults, The Water Knife, is a near-future thriller about climate change and drought in the southwestern United States. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series

Monday, 16 Apr 2018

Why We Get Into Ethical Difficulty and How to Stop Ourselves - Marianne Jennings
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Marianne Jennings is the author of The Seven Signs of Ethics Collapse and a professor of legal and ethical studies in business in the Department of Management at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She will discuss a common pattern in ethical decline as well as steps that can be taken to prevent missteps. Jennings teaches graduate courses in the MBA program in business ethics and the legal environment of business and is the author of six text books and monographs. She has also done consulting work for law firms, businesses and professional groups, including Boeing, DuPont, Motorola, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Hy-Vee Foods. Murray Bacon Center for Business Ethics Lecture

Thursday, 12 Apr 2018

Talk Is Cheap, Free Speech Isn’t: Why the First Amendment Is Worth It - Paul Kix
8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building - First Amendment freedoms are vital to democracy in the United States. Paul Kix knows that. The deputy editor of ESPN, The Magazine, just wrote a book about a daring French aristocrat who became a nightmare for the Germans during World War II. Fifteen years after helping with Iowa State’s first celebration of the First Amendment, Kix returns to Ames for the 16th-annual festivities. Kix will discuss why 2018 is a critical year for celebrating and using these five freedoms and that universities must embrace all sorts of speech, not just messages that support consensus views. First Amendment Days

Patagonia: Using Business as a Tool for Change - Patagonia Team
4:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Patagonia is a maker of high-performance outerwear whose mission to protect and preserve the environment is at the core of its business operations. Three members of the company’s product development team have been selected as Guest Designers for The Fashion Show 2018 and will speak on the company’s history and business practices, including the challenges of using sustainable materials in apparel manufacturing. Rebecca Green Shank has worked in research and development at Patagonia for 30 years, and in her current position as Product Developer for Men’s and Women’s Sportswear she travels frequently to the company's international factories. She will be joined by fit specialist Kena Gonzalez Todd, who’s been with Patagonia for 22 years, and product designer Sarah Darnell.

Wednesday, 11 Apr 2018

Is Democracy Dying? - John Whyte
7:00 PM – Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall - John Whyte, former director of Constitutional Law for the Government of Saskatchewan, will discuss the many challenges democracy faces today, including novel personalities, unequal distribution, poor manners, deep ethnic and social divisions, changes in communications systems and shifts in legal and political morals. Whyte’s distinguished career includes nearly thirty years on the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University, service as Saskatchewan’s Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney-General, and participation in constitutional reform processes in the Republic of Georgia, Nepal, and Vietnam. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of constitutional cases. First Amendment Days