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Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018

How Archaeology Killed Biblical History - Dr. Hector Avalos
6:30 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Hector Avalos is Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University. A former fundamentalist preacher and faith healer, Avalos is now one of the few openly atheist biblical scholars in academia. He will discuss how archaeology has been used to refute the claim that the Bible is historically accurate in depicting creation, the Exodus, the reign of Solomon and many other events. Avalos is the author or editor of ten books, including his most recent, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics.

Where Are All the Black People? - Ericka Hart
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Ericka Hart is an activist and sexuality educator, and is currently an adjunct at Columbia University's School of Social Work. Diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer at the age of 28, Hart realized that neither her identity as a queer black non-binary femme nor her sex life as a survivor, was featured prominently in her treatment. She will share her unique perspective on challenging anti-blackness and the importance of addressing sexual expression and human health at their intersections with race, gender, chronic illness and disability. Hart has a Master's of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University and has taught sexuality education for elementary aged youth to adults across New York City for 10 years.

Monday, 22 Oct 2018

Studying the Fall of the Roman Empire with the Science of the Human Past - Michael McCormick
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Michael McCormick is the Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History at Harvard University, Director in Cambridge of the Max Planck - Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean, and the founding chair of Harvard’s Initiative for the Science of the Human Past. The Initiative brings historians and archaeologists together with other scholars and scientists to apply the tools of 21st-century science and technology to the study of the human past. From using DNA analysis to rethink migration and human health history, to the Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization, to studying ice cores to assess human-climate interactions over two millennia, the Initiative’s cross-disciplinary work is breaking new ground.

Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018

Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States on Immigration - Anne Clifford
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Fifteen years ago, in 2003, Catholic Bishops from Mexico and the United States issued a joint document on immigration titled "Strangers No Longer: Together on a Journey of Hope." It was to encourage persons of good will to consider the causes and effects of migration. Anne Clifford, the Msgr. James A. Supple Chair in Catholic Studies at Iowa State, will discuss this historic document, with attention to Catholic biblically rooted social justice principles and current developments. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series  

Thursday, 25 Oct 2018

If Not Us, Who? Human Dignity in the 21st Century - U.S. Senator Ben Sasse
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Senator Ben Sasse is a fifth-generation Nebraskan and is serving his first term in the U.S. Senate. He was elected to the Senate in 2014 on a platform of restoring the Constitution to its rightful place and encouraging more constructive and transparent politics. Much of his career has been spent guiding companies and institutions through times of crisis, including his five years as president of Midland University in his hometown of Fremont, Nebraska. Sasse earned a PhD in American History from Yale University. He is the author of two books, Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal, and The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance. The 2018 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science.

Monday, 29 Oct 2018

Lion Conservation on a Crowded Continent - Craig Packer
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 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

Thursday, 1 Nov 2018

We Rise: Building a Movement that Restores the Planet - Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Xiuhtezcatl (‘Shu-Tez-Caht) Martinez is a 17-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and a voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. He has addressed the UN General Assembly, taken on local issues such as eliminating pesticides from parks, and is a lead plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the U.S. government for their inaction on climate change. Martinez is Youth Director of the Earth Guardians, a tribe of young activists, artists, and musicians inspiring global change. He published his first book, We Rise, last year, which was followed by an appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy Celebrating 10 Years of the Live Green! Initiative Come early to learn more about what Iowa State students are doing to promote sustainability on campus, in our communities, and around the world. Student organizations will share information and displays prior to the talk, 6:15-7:00pm.

Thursday, 8 Nov 2018

Gender and Power in Contemporary Somalia - Fartumo Kusow
7:00 PM – Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. - Fartumo Kusow immigrated to Canada when civil war broke out in her native Somalia. She will discuss her most recent novel, Tale of a Boon's Wife, and how her life and experiences as a Somali woman shape her characters and major themes of her work. Kusow draws connections between the main themes of social hierarchy, female relationships, power, and prejudice and present day unconscious biases. Her first novel, Amran, was serialized in October Star, Mogadishu: Somali National Press in 1984. Since her arrival in Canada in 1991 she has earned a B. Arts Honours in English Language and Literature and B. Education from the University of Windsor. She now teaches English literature courses for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Thursday, 15 Nov 2018

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

Talking Black in America – Documentary and Discussion with Producer Walt Wolfram
8:00 PM – South Ballroom, 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.

Past Events

Monday, 15 Oct 2018

Why Good Nutrition Should Be a Global Priority and How to Make It So - Lawrence Haddad & David Nabarro
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Join a conversation with the 2018 World Food Prize Laureates about their work promoting child and maternal nutrition in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro have been recognized for their efforts to persuade government and private sector development leaders to make child nutrition an urgent priority after prices of wheat, maize and rice nearly doubled in 2007-08, triggering a food crisis that had particularly dire consequences for new mothers and children under the age of two. Lawrence Haddad is the executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and a pioneer in food policy research. He served as head of the Institute of Development Studies in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2014 and subsequently co-chaired the Global Nutrition Report. David Nabarro had a long career at the United Nations before retiring last year. He led the UN High Level Task Force on Global Food Security (2008-14), served as coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement (2010-14), worked as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sustainable Development and Climate Change, and beginning in 2015 served as Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen will moderate the conversation. The 2018 Norman Borlaug Lecture and part of the World Affairs Series A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union. Posters will address world food issues and are submitted by undergraduate and graduate students.

Thursday, 11 Oct 2018

Divide and Conquer: Stopping Cancer One Cell at a Time - Robbyn Anand
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Personalized medicine may be the key to curing cancer, and Iowa State Assistant Professor of Chemistry Robbyn Anand is helping pave the way. Advanced technologies can now discriminate minute differences between cancer cells in a patient, allowing physicians to determine the best therapy or combined therapies to eradicate all the various types of cancer cells present. Unfortunately, the high cost of the required instrumentation remains a barrier to this personalized treatment. Robbyn Anand will share the story of how her lab is making single-cell analysis more broadly accessible and changing our understanding of cancer evolution and relapse. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series

Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018

Visualizing Consolidation in the Global Meat Processing Industry - Phil Howard
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Phil Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University and the author of Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat? His research is focused on consolidation in food systems - from farming and processing to distribution and consumption – and he is also widely recognized for pictorial representations of food and agricultural data. He will discuss how government subsidies have played a role in increasing the power of the three largest meat processors worldwide and share data visualizations of changes in the industry's economic concentration. George M. Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology

Educational and Socialization Experiences of Latinx Youth - Panel Discussion
3:30 PM – 108 Kildee Hall - Panelists include Kimberly Geder, associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies; Liz Mendez-Shannon, project director of Hispanic/Latinx Affairs; Sarah Rodriguez-Jones, assistant professor in the School of Education; and moderator Jose Rosa, faculty fellow for diversity and inclusion and professor of business. The panel will respond to questions from participants about the socialization and education of Latinx youth.

Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018

A Hollywood Career in Costume Design - Black Panther's Ruth E. Carter
7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - Ruth E. Carter is an Oscar-nominated costume designer who conceptualized and created more than 1,000 costumes for the world of Wakanda in Marvel's Black Panther. Carter has worked in the industry for more than three decades and is credited with over forty films. She earned Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design for Spike Lee's Malcolm X and Steven Spielberg’s Amistad as well as a 2016 Emmy Nomination for Roots. Carter has worked with Spike Lee on 14 films, beginning with School Daze and including Do the Right Thing, and is well known for her work on period ensemble films like Lee Daniels' The Butler and Ava Duvernay's Selma. Human Sciences Week 2018 and part of the 2018-19 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

Monday, 8 Oct 2018

Watergate 45 Years Later: What Have We Learned? - Panel Discussion
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Register opinion editor, will moderate a program where panelists will discuss lessons learned from Watergate and their applicability today. Panelists are Nick Kotz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Edward Mezvinsky, congressman representing Iowa's 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977, who served on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings; and Jonathan Yarowsky, General Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings. The Edward M. Mezvinsky papers are held in the Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives.

Beyond Legacy: Archives and History
4:00 PM – Upper Rotunda, Parks Library - Dr. Meredith Evans is a trained archivist, a professional librarian, and a published scholar, with specialties in development of exhibition and record-keeping programs, records management and digital library program initiatives, and reference services in libraries and archives. As director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Dr. Evans administers and directs all aspects including archival, exhibit, public, and education programs. Previously, she served as associate university librarian at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. Evans holds degrees from Clark Atlanta University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Evans’ presentation will focus on the importance of presidential and political papers. She is president of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Friday, 5 Oct 2018

From Adversity to Empowerment - Elizabeth Smart
7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - No tickets | General admission seating Doors open at 6pm – Enter through the north, ticket office doors A campus resource fair will precede the lecture, 6:00-7:00pm, in the lower level of Stephens Auditorium. Representatives from ISU Police, Student Health and Wellness, and other university and community programs assisting with trauma, recovery, and personal safety will be onsite to share information. A book signing will immediately follow the lecture in the Celebrity Café, on the lower level. Elizabeth Smart spent nine months in captivity after being abducted from her home in 2002 at age 14. It was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. In the years after her rescue, Smart has transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire, and foster change. She created the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to help prevent crimes against children and worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors’ guide. She has chronicled her experiences in the book, My Story. Her most recent book, Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up, offers a powerful message of hope in our ability to overcome trauma. Iowa State Students – LIMITED PRIORITY SEATING Iowa State students may present their ISU Card for limited, first-floor priority seating until 6:30pm. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and may not be saved. 

Thursday, 4 Oct 2018

Making T-Shirts Out of Pop Bottles - Mike Draper
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Mike Draper is the owner of RAYGUN, the Des Moines-based t-shirt company known for its Iowa-themed apparel with its own quirky and unique sense of humor. RAYGUN has been called “The Greatest Store in the Universe” by RAYGUN. With locations in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Kansas City, the company sells about $4 million worth of words on things every year, employing 65 people in the process. Its headquarters in Des Moines is only about 6 blocks from the hospital where Mike was born, so, geographically speaking, Mike has not come very far in life. Celebrating 10 Years of the Live Green! Initiative Come early to learn more about what Iowa State students are doing to promote sustainability on campus, in our communities, and around the world. Student organizations will share information and displays prior to the talk, 6:15-7:00pm.

Soil Carbon Sequestration for Climate Change Mitigation: What We Can Expect - William Schlesinger
4:10 PM – 2050 Agronomy Hall - Dr. William Schlesinger, member of the NAS and former director of the Cary Institute and former Dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Improved soil management is increasingly pursued to ensure food security for the world’s rising global population, with the ancillary benefit of storing carbon in soils to lower the threat of climate change. While all increments to soil organic matter are laudable, we suggest caution in ascribing large, potential climate change mitigation to enhanced soil management. We find that the most promising techniques, including applications of biochar and enhanced silicate weathering, are not likely to balance more than 5% of annual emissions of CO2 from fossil fuel combustion. 2018 William H. Pierre Memorial Lecture in Soil Science