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Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018

Let Freedom Ring – Carillon Concert
11:50 AM – Central Campus - A carillon concert in honor of Dr. King. Tin-Shi Tam, carillonneur. Partof the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series

Monday, 15 Jan 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Birthday Celebration
5:30 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, 18 Jan 2018

Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation - Howard Gillman & Mariah Watson
6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Please join a discussion about balancing First Amendment rights with the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses. Participants include Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, a Constitutional scholar, and co-author of the new book Free Speech on Campus. Mariah Watson was president of the student government at the University of California, Davis, where her leadership helped advance inclusiveness and diversity across the UC system. She was instrumental in establishing productive meetings between the African Black Coalition and the Office of the President and helped establish a student-oriented police review board, which has served as a model for other campuses. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation

Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018

How to Find Happiness in a Hectic World - Ven. Yuan Hao
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Tibetan Buddhist nun Ven. Yuan Hao will visit from the Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy in Serdar, China, the largest Buddhist Academy in the world. After completing her PhD and postdoc studies in chemical engineering in the United States, Yuan Hao worked as a senior systems engineer until 2007 before taking refuge and beginning a thorough study of Buddhism. Her presentation draws on research in the biological and social sciences as well as Buddhist teachings.

Monday, 29 Jan 2018

Race and Justice in America - Bryan Stevenson
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Stevenson's memoir Just Mercy is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the front lines against extreme punishments and careless justice. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. Stevenson will also be speaking about EJI’s Lynching in America Project and the need to confront the history of racial terror in this country. The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote

Monday, 5 Feb 2018

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

Monday, 12 Feb 2018

The Art of Language Invention - David J. Peterson
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - David J. Peterson created the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for HBO's Game of Thrones as well as the Dark Elves' Shiväisith language for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World. A linguist by training, Peterson offers an overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien's creations and Klingon to today's global community of conlangers. He will share stories of how he built Dothraki and Valyrian and discuss the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages. Peterson is the author of The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building and Living Language Dothraki. Quentin Johnson Lecture in Linguistics and Part of LAS Week

Monday, 19 Feb 2018

Coal, Climate and Environmental Backlash - Nick Mullins
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Nick Mullins is a former fifth generation coal miner from Appalachia seeking to better educate audiences about Appalachia's jobs-versus-environment dichotomy. An energy transition advocate and author of the blog The Thoughtful Coal Miner, Mullins hopes to inspire deeper conversations on the relationship between activists, corporate interests, and rural working-class communities and help audiences understand the political motivations of mining communities. His presentation looks at community reactions to both environmental activism against surface mining practices and the coal industry’s response through public relations campaigns and the “War on Coal” rhetoric. University Symposium on Sustainability Keynote The Symposium on Sustainability will host a poster display and reception prior to the lecture, 7-8pm, in the South Ballroom. Help celebrate sustainability efforts and accomplishments on and off-campus!

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

Blaxicans and the Future of Identity in the United States - Walter Thompson-Hernandez
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Walter Thompson-Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based multimedia journalist and is currently a doctoral student in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His academic research focuses on multiracial identity in Latina/o communities in the United States and throughout the Americas. His writing, photos, documentaries, and research have been featured by NPR, CNN, BBC, Fusion, Los Angeles Times, Remezcla, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.

Engineers' Week Keynote
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced

Past Events

Thursday, 30 Nov 2017

Science for All? Diversity in Science in a Global Economy - Sandra L. Hanson
6:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Sandra L. Hanson is a professor of sociology at Catholic University whose work has focused on gender, race and ethnicity in the sciences. She is the author of two books on the subject, Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls in Science Education and Lost Talent: Women in the Sciences. Hanson received a Fulbright award for teaching and research on gender in Eastern Europe at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow Poland. Her second Fulbright award was for teaching and research on gender and science in an international context at the Global and European Studies Institute, Leipzig University. Sigma Xi Lecture Series

Suicide Awareness: Break the Silence - A Campus Conversation
3:30 PM – 198 Parks Library - This campus conversation will focus on suicide awareness and how to take action in the community. A presentation with representatives from ISU Police and student wellness will conclude with small group discussions.

Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017

Who Will Help the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar? - Matthew Smith
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Matthew Smith, founder and chief executive officer of the human rights group Fortify Rights, will speak about the Muslim Rohingya, an ethnic minority group fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar. It is reported a half million Rohingya refugees have sought safety in neighboring Bangladesh, creating a humanitarian crisis. Matthew Smith's work has exposed wartime abuses and forced displacement, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations. Smith previously worked with Human Rights Watch (2011-13), where he authored several reports on critical rights issues in Myanmar and China. He also served as a project coordinator and senior consultant at EarthRights International (2005-11) and was a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow.

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017

Agriculture and Climate Change - Tom Vilsack
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Doors open at 6:15pm Tom Vilsack served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eight years in the Obama administration. At the USDA he was responsible for keeping American farms afloat and safe and managing public nutrition programs like SNAP and school lunches, along with programs that cover refinancing home loans, rural electrification, clean water projects, mental health issues, and fighting opioid addictions. 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. He became president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council in February 2017. Part of the National Affairs Series: "When American Values Are in Conflict”

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017

Why Is There a Neo-Nazi on My Campus? A German Historian Explains - Jeremy Best
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - At Iowa State and campuses nationwide, white “nationalist” organizations have begun anonymous recruitment attempts with flyers, posters, and postcards. Jeremy Best, an assistant professor of history at Iowa State, will discuss the ideology of these organizations, their connection to the Nazis and other 20th-century fascist organizations, and why their white nationalism seems to have had a resurgence in our own times. No podcast recording available for this event.

Monday, 13 Nov 2017

Green Light of Peace: Women, War and Post-War Return in Liberia - Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, a visiting scholar with the African Humanities Program, will speak about her research on African women in post-conflict situations and gender and politics. She holds a PhD in political science and teaches in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria. In 2012 she was a postdoctoral Global South Scholar-in-Residence at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She currently serves as editor of the Journal of International Politics and Development.

Changing the Way We See Native America - Matika Wilbur
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Matika Wilbur is a photographer and social documentarian from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. She is the creator of Project 562, a multi-year national photo and narrative undertaking to document contemporary Indian identity. For three years, Wilbur drove more than a quarter million miles from Alaska to the Southwest, Louisiana to Maine, to meet and photograph diverse peoples of the 562 federally recognized Nations of Indigenous Americans. Wilbur began her portrait work with Coast Salish elders in We Are One People. Her other projects include We Emerge on the complexity of contemporary Native American identity, and a one-person exhibition Save the Indian, Kill the Man at The Seattle Art Museum. Indigenous Heritage Month Join us at 6:00pm for a performance by the Meskwaki Nation dancers prior to the lecture. No recording or podcast will be available for this event.

Meskwaki Nation Dancers - Performance
6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Celebrate Indigenous Heritage Month with a special performance by the Meskwaki Nation dancers. The performance will last approximately 45 minutes and precedes a 7:00pm lecture, "Changing the Way We See Native America," featuring Matika Wilbur, a photographer and social documentarian from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Indigenous Heritage Month Event Photo copyright Meskwaki Nation

Tuesday, 7 Nov 2017

Pakistan's Role in the War Against Terror - Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Faisal Niaz Tirmizi is the Consul General of Pakistan in the Chicago Consulate, which covers 12 states in the Midwest, including Iowa. The Consul General previously served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Desk Officer of the Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan, India, and as Director of Personnel and Protocol in the Foreign Secretary’s Office. His diplomatic assignments have included Pakistan Missions abroad in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (1996-99); Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (2003-07); and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2007-10). He is a graduate of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1993.

Monday, 6 Nov 2017

Racial Equality and Catholic Teaching - Anne Clifford
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in our nation’s capital nearly 55 years ago, on August 28, 1963. Anne Clifford, the Msgr. James A. Supple Chair in Catholic Studies at Iowa State University, will speak about Dr. King's life and work advocating for racial justice in light of recent developments in America and Catholic teachings on racism, especially those of United States Bishops. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series