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Monday, 25 Feb 2019

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

Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo
7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium - Free admission | No tickets | General admission seating LIMITED PRIORITY SEATING Iowa State students may present their ISU Card for limited, first-floor priority seating until 6:30pm. Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility and Is Everyone Really Equal, has had a profound influence on the national discourse on race. She has facilitated trainings on racial and social justice issues for more than 20 years and coined the term "white fragility" in 2011. DiAngelo will discuss her concept of how white Americans are unknowingly socialized to be highly sensitive to and defensive in situations involving race - that is, racially "fragile." She also emphasizes the perspectives and skills white people need to build in order to engage more constructively across race. Dr. DiAngelo is affiliate faculty at the University of Washington College of Education.

Wednesday, 27 Feb 2019

But You Don't Look Like You Have an Eating Disorder . . . - Sarah Thompson
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sarah Thompson, a writer, eating disorder recovery coach, and consultant, will share stories from their own recovery after having an eating disorder for 18 years. Their presentation focuses on barriers and access to eating disorder treatment, including fatphobia, homophobia, and transphobia. Thompson, who identifies as larger-bodied and queer, is a thought leader in the Health at Every Size®, Body Trust®, and LGBTQIA+ communities. They author the popular blog Resilient Fat Goddex and have been featured on such podcasts as Food Psych, Do No Harm, and Fearless Rebelle Radio. Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week Speaker

More Than Mutts: The History of North America's Earliest Dogs - Chris Widga
8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dogs have been part of the human experience in the Old World for at least 16,000 years. But when and where do we find the earliest dogs in the Americas? Chris Widga, head curator at the East Tennessee State University Museum of Natural History, is part of an international team studying early dogs and dog domestication. Their research examining DNA recovered from several ancient animals, published in Science, has revealed the unique genetic signature of America’s first dogs, where they came from, and offered insight into their complex evolutionary history of our canine companions. Chris Widga earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of Kansas and is an adjunct professor of geosciences at East Tennessee State University.

Friday, 1 Mar 2019

Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity - Keynote Speaker Vernon Wall
12:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Vernon Wall is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. He has accumulated over 30 years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill and has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing. Wall currently lives in Washington DC, where he serves as Director of Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc. He is also president and founder of One Better World, a consulting firm specializing in engaging others in courageous social justice and equity conversations.

Law and Story: Reframing the National Conversation about Immigration - Rev. David Vasquez-Levy & Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller
7:00 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy, President of the Pacific School of Religion, and Tom Miller, Iowa State Attorney General, will discuss both our immigration laws and the current immigration narrative. How can our academic, legal, and religious communities move the discussion away from fear and towards a more compelling vision of our place in an increasingly global society? David Vasquez-Levy was in northeast Iowa at the time of the Postville raid in 2008 and worked as part of the community response effort. He remains a leader on issues of immigration, promoting social awareness and public policy that maximizes a healthy and just mix of diverse persons in our communities. Part of the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy

Monday, 4 Mar 2019

My Journey as a Woman in STEM - Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen
3:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join your ISU Student Government in a celebration of International Women's Day. President Wendy Wintersteen will speak about her journey from as a woman in STEM, from being one of the first female ISU extension associates in integrated pest management to becoming the first woman president of Iowa State University. Wintersteen completed her doctorate in entomology at Iowa State and rose through the academic ranks to become a professor of entomology. She served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for 11 years before becoming president. President Wintersteen is also featured in the Women in STEM banner exhibit, which goes on display March 4 in Parks Library and recognizes the achievements of many women from Iowa State in their STEM fields.

The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child Survivor - Inge Auerbacher
6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Inge Auerbacher shares her story as a Holocaust survivor who spent 3 years as a young child in Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Auerbacher was born in Kippenheim, Germany, survived Kristallnacht, and was deported with her parents in 1942 to Terezin, where out of 15,000 children only about 1 percent survived. Miraculously, she and both of her parents survived and immigrated to the United States after the war. Inge Auerbacher speaks frequently about her experience and has shared her story in the books I Am a Star-Child of the Holocaust and Beyond the Yellow Star to America. She was a featured speaker at the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony last month. My hope, wish, and prayer, is for every child to live in peace without hunger and prejudice. The antidote to hatred is education, no more genocides, no more anti-Semitism. --Inge Auerbacher

Crime Solving with Genetic Genealogy - CeCe Moore
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - The 2018 arrest of the Golden State serial killer in California made international headlines in part because police teamed up with genealogists to use familial DNA to track him down. This new method of sleuthing raises questions about how it’s done, ethics and privacy, and the reliability of genetic and DNA tests. CeCe Moore is an investigative genetic genealogist and media consultant. She has worked as the genetic genealogist for the PBS Television documentary series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. since 2013. She is the founder of The DNA Detectives and recently joined forces with Parabon Nanolabs to lead their new Genetic Genealogy Services for law enforcement unit. National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy

Thursday, 7 Mar 2019

Canada-US Relations: Still Friends, Partners, and Allies? - Colin Robertson
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson is now vice president and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and hosts its regular Global Exchange podcast. He will speak about the U.S.-Canadian relationship beyond the Beltway and offer some perspectives on how it can continue to mutually benefit both nations even with the Trump administration's focus on "America First" policies in trade, climate and security. During his foreign service career Robertson served in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Consul General in Los Angeles, and at the UN and Consulate General in New York. He was a member of the teams that negotiated the Canada-US FTA and then the NAFTA. World Affairs Series: The U.S. Role Abroad

Past Events

Thursday, 21 Feb 2019

Security and Virtual Reality - Kate McKinley
7:00 PM – Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall - Kate McKinley is a security leader at Facebook Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality working to ensure that the upcoming platforms we use in work, play, and everyday life are trustworthy, safe, and private. She has worked previously at Mozilla, Netflix, iSEC Partners, and more as a developer, security engineer, and security expert. McKinley will share her unique career path and talk about her current work in VR. Engineers' Week 2019

Monday, 18 Feb 2019

The Sky Is Not the Limit - Capt. Scott Kelly
7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - Doors open at 6:00pm - Free admission | No tickets | General admission seating 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-seated basis and may not be saved. 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. A book signing will immediately follow the lecture in the Celebrity Café on the lower level.

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, 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 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.

Thursday, 7 Feb 2019

The Science of Flirting - Jeffrey Hall
8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Jeffrey Hall is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas and an expert on flirting and communication in romantic relationships. He will discuss the research for his book, The Five Flirting Styles, and how understanding how you communicate romantic interest may help you improve your chances in love. Hall has published widely on such topics as humor in relationships, making and keeping friends, and social networking and Facebook and has been interviewed by such media outlets as National Public Radio and CNN and Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, TIME Magazine, and Wall Street Journal. He earned his doctorate from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

It’s All About Me: Left, Right, and Liberalism in Public Life - David T. Koyzis
6:30 PM – 2019 Morrill Hall - Our current political climate can lead Americans to think that left and right represent two warring factions and philosophies that are polarizing the political arena. David T. Koyzis, a Fellow in Politics at the St. George's Centre for Biblical and Public Theology, will show how the labels "left" and "right" mask the dominance of liberal individualism, with one side choosing the market and the other the state as the chosen means of advancing a liberal agenda. Koyzis will discuss alternatives and ways in which Americans can work together for the common good.

The Hidden Machinery: The Art of Writing - A Conversation with Margot Livesey
2:10 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - New date and location! Join students and faculty in the Creative Writing Program for this informal moderated craft talk. Writers will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear author Margot Livesey discuss her writing process. 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. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series Praise for The Hidden Machinery: "There is no finer teacher of writing in America than Margot Livesey. The young writer who spends an hour with Livesey leaves with pockets filled with nuggets of her sly intuitions. To have an entire book of her wit, wisdom and constructive suggestions is to possess the mother lode.” James Magnuson, Director of the Michener Center for Writers

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

How Would You Balance the Federal Budget? - A Principles and Priorities Exercise
6:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Understand the complexities of balancing the federal budget and the difficult policy choices lawmakers face in this interactive workshop led by staff from the non-partisan Concord Coalition. This 2-hour event kicks off with a short overview of federal spending, followed by the 90-minute Principles and Priorities exercise. Working in small groups, participants will review current federal spending priorities, tax policy and entitlement reform options and apply their own principles and negotiating skills to put forward a consensus-based deficit reduction plan. It’s an eye-opening experience designed to educate voters on the political will and compromise required to address our spiraling national debt. David Oman, Senior Advisor to the Concord Coalition and former Chief of Staff for Governors Robert Ray and Terry Branstad, will facilitate the workshop. The Concord Coalition is a bipartisan national organization that for 25 years has worked to encourage a balanced federal budget. Participants are asked to attend the entire 2-hour event.

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." Packnett 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