Search For Lectures

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 5 Sep 2019

Communications and Civility in Our Democracy - S.E. Cupp
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - S.E. Cupp is a political commentator, culture critic, and author of Why You're Wrong About The Right, Behind the Myths and Losing Our Religion. She brings a conservative, feminist perspective to her weekly program on CNN, Unfiltered, and is recognized for encouraging honest and respectful dialogue around politics, religion, and the media in American life. In addition to her commentary for CNN, Cupp hosts her own radio show and writes a regular column in the New York Daily News and on The Daily Caller. She was previously a co-host on MSNBC’s The Cycle. Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication 2019 Summit Keynote

Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019

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

Monday, 16 Sep 2019

My Battle with Mental Illness: Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering - Jake Sullivan
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - The Story County Mental Health Resource Fair will precede the lecture, 6:00-7:00pm, in the South Ballroom. Cyclone basketball legend Jake Sullivan was a student athlete at Iowa State from 2000 to 2004. He was a 3-time All-Big 12 selection, 3-time Academic All-American, and was voted to the Iowa State All-Century Team. In the midst of his many athletic and academic accomplishments Sullivan also silently battled depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. He will speak about the steps he took to navigate his challenges with mental illness and the importance of recognizing that mental illness can affect anyone - even people who appear to have it all. National Recovery Awareness Month - Story County Mental Health Expo Representatives from ISU Police Department and Student Health and Wellness will be available to share information on campus resources during the closing Q&A discussion.

Thursday, 19 Sep 2019

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
5:30 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Thursday, 26 Sep 2019

Computer Science 50th-Anniversary Celebration Keynote Speaker
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - To be announced

Saturday, 28 Sep 2019

Channeling Mextasy: Latinxers in the Digital Age - William Nericcio
1:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - William “Memo” Nericcio is a Mexican-American public intellectual, artist, cultural critic, and professor of comparative literature at San Diego State University. He will speak about the many stereotypes of Mexicans and other Latinas/os in American mass media and popular culture, when and how they were introduced, and why they persist. It is the topic of his book Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of "Mexicans" in America as well the art exhibition, Mextasy. Nericcio currently directs San Diego State’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Program and serves on the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies. U.S. Latino/a Studies Program’s 25-Year Anniversary Symposium Keynote The exhibition Mextasy will be on display in the Memorial Union Multicultural Center September 10-October 30, 2019, as part of Iowa State’s U.S. Latino/a Studies Program’s 25th-Anniversary celebration and Hispanic Heritage Month.

Thursday, 3 Oct 2019

Monarch Conservation: Saving an Iconic Insect - Karen Oberhauser
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Karen Oberhauser is the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum and the founder and director of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, a nationwide citizen science project. She will discuss the ways in which human activities affect monarch butterfly habitats, including her research on habitat management and availability and the risks posed by global climate change and pest control practices. Oberhauser has a strong interest in engaging K-12 students and teachers in inquiry-based science and promoting scientific and environmental literacy. As part of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, she developed a comprehensive science education program, Monarchs in the Classroom. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture

Monday, 7 Oct 2019

Let’s Talk: A Conversation on How We Communicate About Science - Deborah Green
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Deborah Green worked for more than 30 years as an environmental and engineering geologist in consulting and industry. Today she applies her technical knowledge and experience to a writing career and has been recognized for her work in raising awareness in science and science communication as the 2018-19 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology. In her talk, Green discusses connections between her work as a geologist, which aims to understand and convey the wonder of the landscape and the complexity of earth processes, and her fiction writing, which explores the complexity of human emotion and relationships through essays, stories, and poetry.

Thursday, 10 Oct 2019

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture Series
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Monday, 14 Oct 2019

The 2019 Norman Borlaug Lecture
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - The Norman Borlaug Lecture Series is held annually in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium. It honors the agronomist and Iowa native whose discoveries sparked the Green Revolution. Speaker to be announced. 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.

Past Events

Friday, 3 May 2019

Dream Big, Fight Hard - Senator Elizabeth Warren
1:45 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Doors open at 12:45pm | No tickets or reserved seating Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is a senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. She was a law professor for 30 years before her election to public office in 2012. Warren’s career has focused on advocating for middle class families and small businesses. She served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequently helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2011 as an assistant to President Barack Obama and special adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury. She currently serves on the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging, where she is focused on supporting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare. Statements about key issues, including student debt cancellation, anti-corruption reform, protecting voting rights, and criminal justice reform are available at Part of the Campaign Series in 2019, providing the university community with opportunities to question candidates before the Iowa Caucuses.

Thursday, 25 Apr 2019

The Art of Fiction - A Reading & Conversation with Margot Livesey
7:00 PM – Pioneer 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

The Hidden Machinery: The Art of Writing - A Conversation with Margot Livesey
2:10 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - 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

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

But Is She 'Likable?' Gendered Media Coverage of Women Presidential Candidates - Dianne Bystrom
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Dianne Bystrom is director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. She directed the center for 22 years before retiring in August 2018. Bystrom will discuss the how the media has covered women running for office differently than men, and what that might mean for the 2020 presidential election, for which there is an unprecedented number of women candidates. Bystrom has edited or contributed to a number of publications on the topic, including Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders; An Unprecedented Election: Media, Communication, and the Electorate in the 2016 Campaign; and Gender and Elections.

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019

Shut Up and Dance - A Musical Celebration of the First Amendment
8:00 PM – Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall - “Shut Up and Dance” is an engaging and irreverent concert celebrating free speech through music. It tells the story of America's social struggles and progress through pop, rock, gospel, soul, country, and hip-hop music and illuminates for audiences the pivotal moments when artists were told to be quiet and instead spoke up. The program includes some of Nashville's finest musicians and features contemporary songs by Beyonce, Lorde, Macklemore, and Taylor Swift alongside vintage anthems by Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Loretta Lynn. First Amendment Days

Generative Design in the Architecture of Medieval Chinese Buddhism - Tracy Miller
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Tracy Miller is an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches the history of art and architecture in Asia, with a special emphasis on the ritual and garden architecture of Imperial China and Japan. Her research focuses on the impact of belief in divinity on the production of art, architecture, and spaces for spiritual encounters. She is author of The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci and is currently writing a book on the use of Indic design strategies in the Buddhist temple architecture of Early Medieval and Medieval China. Donald R. Benson Memorial Lecture

Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers - Ashraf Habibullah
4:00 PM – Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall - Ashraf Habibullah is a structural engineer who helped develop the technology and software engineers use to design earthquake-resistant buildings and bridges. He is president of the company Computers and Structures, whose software is used by thousands of engineering firms around the world. Habibullah will discuss the future of engineering as a profession, especially the need for today’s engineering students to be exposed to more than just technology. The ability to connect with others as humans is what will ultimately allow them to lead, influence, and inspire.

Thursday, 18 Apr 2019

Building Bridges or Walls: Where Do the U.S. and Mexico Go from Here? - Vicente Fox
8:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - Free admission | No tickets | General admission seating Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox is a leading voice on North American trade policy and the challenges of immigration. His most recent book, Let's Move On: Beyond Fear & False Prophets, takes aim at the current state of American politics, and is a call to unity and resistance in the face of rising ethnocentric and anti-democratic sentiments. Vicente Fox is credited with playing a vital role in Mexico’s democratization and strengthening the country’s economy during his time as president from 2000 to 2006. A businessman-turned-politician, Fox worked his way up within the Mexican unit of the Coca-Cola Company and was head of its Latin American operations prior to his election as governor of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Part of the World Affairs Series: The U.S. Role Abroad and the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy

Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019

*CANCELED* Renewing Reciprocity: Indigenous Food Systems and the Honorable Harvest - Robin Wall Kimmerer
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - This event has been canceled due to complications with the speaker's travel. The poster session is being rescheduled. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a plant scientist, writer, professor, mother and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of two award-winning books, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Sustainable Agriculture Symposium Keynote

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019

Understanding Second Language Speakers: What REALLY Matters? - Tracey Derwing
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Tracey Derwing is a Professor Emeritus of TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. She has extensively researched second language fluency and pronunciation, especially the relationships among intelligibility, comprehensibility, and accent. She will discuss what research tells us both the second language speaker and the native listener can do to improve their mutual communication. Derwing is presently an adjunct professor in linguistics at Simon Fraser University and has for eleven years served as co-director of the Prairie Metropolis Centre, a consortium of Canadian university research centers involved in immigration and integration research. Quentin Johnson Lecture in Linguistics