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Thursday, 22 Mar 2018
Science and Environmental Decision-making: From the Lab to the White House and Beyond - Rosina Bierbaum
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Rosina Bierbaum, a professor and former dean at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment who also holds the Roy F. Westin Chair in Natural Economics at the University of Maryland, will discuss her research and career working at the interface of environmental science and policy. Her work in both academia and the public sector has focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation. She served on President Obama's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, has been an Adaptation Fellow at the World Bank, ran the first Environment Division in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, has served in multiple capacities at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and was a review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She currently chairs the Science and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility.Part of the National Affairs Series: When American Values Are in Conflict
Thursday, 29 Mar 2018
RESCHEDULED FOR FALL! The Dark Side of Big Data - Cathy O’Neil
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - This event has been rescheduled for the fall semester. New date to be announced soon. 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.
Thursday, 5 Apr 2018
Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Doors open at 7:15. Enter through West Lobby/Sun Room Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose collection of essays Bad Feminist is considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. In her most recent book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Gay reflects on her struggles with weight, trauma, and self-image. Her other books include the novel An Untamed State and a collection of short stories, Difficult Women. She recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, with the comic series World of Wakanda. Part of the National Affairs Series and Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series
Saturday, 30 Jun 2018
Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - National Affairs Series. Speaker to be announced.
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 and part of the National Affairs Series 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, 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”
Monday, 18 Sep 2017
Medical Apartheid: The History of Experimentation on Black Americans - Harriet Washington
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Harriet Washington is a medical ethicist and author of the best-selling book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. She has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. Her latest book, Infectious Madness, looks at the connection between germs and mental illness. An award-winning medical writer and editor, Washington has worked for USA Today, been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and written for such academic forums as The New England Journal of Medicine. National Affairs Series No podcast or recording will be available for this event.
Thursday, 30 Mar 2017
Main Street vs. Wall Street: An Historical Perspective - David Weiman
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - David Weiman is Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor of Economics at Barnard College and faculty director of its innovative Empirical Reasoning Center. He has been honored with the Economic History Association’s Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History. Weiman specializes in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. economic history and the political economy of contemporary U.S. criminal justice policy. His current research focuses on the evolution of the U.S. banking-monetary system from Jackson’s Bank War to the formation of the Federal Reserve. Phi Beta Kappa Lecture and part of the National Affairs Series
Thursday, 10 Nov 2016
Enduring Vietnam: Reflections on a War and Those Who Served - James Wright
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - James Wright, President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College, is the author of Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America's Wars and Those Who Fought Them. President Wright, a Marine veteran, was a leader in the establishment of an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans offered through the American Council on Education. He also worked with several U.S. Senators to double college benefits for troops and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill. Wright retired as President of Dartmouth in 2009. He is currently working on a book about about the human face of the Vietnam War. National Affairs Series
Thursday, 27 Oct 2016
The Age of Trolls - Joel Stein
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Joel Stein, author of the recent TIME magazine cover story "Why We're Losing the Internet to a Culture of Hate," will discuss how trolling on the Internet is infecting our real-life interactions, including politics. In addition to sharing the horrific messages he's received personally on Twitter and email, Stein, a longtime journalist, will share his perspective on how we can reverse the trend of a cyberculture that is growing meaner and more threatening. Joel Stein has written a weekly humor column for TIME since 1998, as well as fourteen other cover stories. He contributes frequently to national television and print media, including such publications as The New Yorker, GQ, Businessweek, Wired and the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. National Affairs Series: When American Values Are in Conflict
Monday, 26 Sep 2016
Presidential Debate Watch Party - Livestream
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Doors open at 7:30 | Light refreshments provided Join your Iowa State friends and colleagues to watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for 90 exciting minutes of political debate! The televised debate will be broadcast from Hofstra University, with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt moderating. The watch party follows Iowa State's Constitution Day Panel, with Dirk Deam (political science) and Clark Wolf (philosophy) discussing recent Supreme Court rulings and legal issues that are influencing the upcoming elections.
Controversy and the U.S. Supreme Court - A Panel Discussion
6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Panelists will discuss recent Supreme Court rulings and legal issues that are influencing the upcoming elections including cases on affirmative action, the death penalty, judicial conflict of interest, protections from illegal searches by the police, and abortion rights. They will also discuss the shift in the balance of the court caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and whether the gap he left will have an impact on crucial court rulings. Panelists include senior lecturer in political science Dirk Deam and philosophy professor Clark Wolf, an expert in philosophy of the law. Constitution Day Event. Following the panel, stay for refreshments and a livestream watch party for the first presidential debate, starting at 8pm.
Wednesday, 30 Mar 2016
What's the Future of the American Dream? A Town Hall Meeting - Brian David Johnson
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join futurist Brian David Johnson for a conversation about the future of the American dream, a year-long project timed to overlap with the 2016 presidential campaign. Johnson, the first futurist ever at the Intel Corporation, is currently the futurist in residence at Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination and a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. As an applied futurist, Johnson has worked with governments, militaries, trade organizations, start-ups and multinational corporations to help envision their future as well as develop an actionable 10-15 year vision. His work is called future-casting, and he uses ethnographic field studies, technology research, cultural history, trend data, global interviews and even science fiction to provide a pragmatic roadmap of the future. National Affairs Series.
Tuesday, 29 Mar 2016
Technology in 2025: Designing the Future - Brian David Johnson
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Brian David Johnson was the first futurist at the Intel Corporation, where he worked for a decade helping design over 2 billion microprocessors. As an applied futurist, Johnson has worked with governments, militaries, trade organizations, start-ups and multinational corporations to not only help envision their future, but to help develop an actionable 10-15 year vision. His work is called future-casting, and he uses ethnographic field studies, technology research, cultural history, trend data, global interviews and even science fiction to provide a pragmatic roadmap of the future. He is currently the futurist in residence at Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination and a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. National Affairs Series.