Schedule of Events

01 Aug 2018 - 31 Jul 2019

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Trade Relations and U.S. Agriculture - Tom Vilsack
Tue, 04 Sep 2018, 6:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Tom Vilsack served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eight years and is currently president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. As Secretary of Agriculture he worked to strengthen rural communities and ensure a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply for Americans at home but also to expand markets abroad. 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. Part of the Technology, Globalization and Culture Series

The Art of Mindfulness - Romapada Swami
Wed, 05 Sep 2018, 6:00 PM – Cardinal Room, Memorial Union - Romapada Swami is a Vaishnava monk, a scholar on Eastern (Vedic) thought and philosophy, and a highly respected spiritual leader. He will discuss how mindfulness can help one achieve peace and happiness and its role as a spiritual practice for the Hare Krishnas. Romapada Swami attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was introduced to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a religious organization rooted in ancient sanskrit Vedic scriptures and formed to spread the wisdom of Bhakti Yoga. He oversees temples in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Naperville, St Louis, Kansas City and, currently, Freeport, NY.

Refugee Stories: The Art of Mohamad Hafez - Mohamad Hafez
Wed, 05 Sep 2018, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Mohamad Hafez came to the United States to study architecture at Iowa State University and was unable to return to his beloved Syria. With the advent of the Syrian civil war in 2011, his home was forever changed. He will speak about his art, his refugee experience, and the stories of refugees from around the world, which he visually recreates in his exhibition Unpacked. The exhibit features miniaturized re-creations of a moment in time or a memory, each placed within a suitcase and accompanied by a recording of the refugee's story told in his or her own words.  The exhibition "Unpacked: Refugee Baggage" is in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall, September 4-October 19. No podcast recording for this event.

The Art of Science: Bringing Imagined Worlds to Life - Danielle Feinberg
Thu, 06 Sep 2018, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Danielle Feinberg, Pixar Animation Studio's Director of Photography for Lighting, uses math, science and code to bring wonder to the big screen. Go behind the scenes of some of your favorite animated movies to discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastical worlds where the things you imagine can become real. Feinberg has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Harvard University. In addition to her Pixar work, she mentors teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math and science.

Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose: A New Approach to Vocation - Kathleen Cahalan
Mon, 10 Sep 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kathleen A. Cahalan is Professor of Theology at Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, for which she co-edited two recent volumes: Calling All Years Good: Vocation throughout Life's Seasons and Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives. Cahalan also coordinates the Lilly Endowment's Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative, which began this year. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

The Dark Side of Big Data - Cathy O'Neil
Tue, 11 Sep 2018, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 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. O'Neil began her career in academia before moving to the private sector, where she worked as a hedge-fund analyst during the credit crisis and then as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene. She writes regularly for Bloomberg View about algorithms, and in 2017 she founded the consulting firm ORCAA to audit algorithms for racial, gender and economic inequality. Part of the National Affairs Series

Big or Small--Do You Call? - Campus Conversation
Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 3:30 PM – 198 Parks Library - Engage in conversation about the recent events related to police reporting and response and community interaction. Members of the ISU Police Engagement and Inclusion Team will be available to share information about their response procedures. Campus Conversations are arranged through the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion with the goal of bringing together students, faculty and staff to discuss current events and the campus climate.

The Design Process, Autism and Animals - Temple Grandin
Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Temple Grandin is a person with autism, and an expert on both autism and animal behavior. She is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life starring Claire Danes, and she is the subject of the BBC documentary "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow." The unique way Grandin's visual mind works and the connection between her autism and animal temperament is the subject of her book Thinking in Pictures. In Animals in Translation, she explores the connection between autism and animal behavior. Her latest book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, addresses scientific advances in understanding autism.

Latina Memories: A Chilean Human Rights Perspective - Marjorie Agosín
Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Marjorie Agosín is an author, poet, and human rights activist known for her outspokenness for women's rights in Chile. Agosín was raised in Chile by Jewish parents, and her writings demonstrate a unique blending of Jewish and South American cultures. Her family moved to the United States to escape the horrors of the Pinochet takeover. Both her scholarship and her creative work focus on social justice, feminism, and remembrance. Agosín’s many awards include the Pura Belpré Award for I Lived on Butterfly Hill; the Letras de Oro Prize for her poetry, and a United Nations Leadership Award for Human Rights. She is currently a professor of Spanish at Wellesley College.

Art and Our Culture of Ephemerality - Andrew Kozlowski
Thu, 20 Sep 2018, 6:30 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Artist and printmaker Andrew Kozlowski will discuss how our histories are shaped by the objects we possess and the ephemerality of our human-made, constructed world. Using images from his own work, Kozlowski encourages audiences to reflect on objects of high and low culture around them, from ancient urns and artifacts of art history to the discarded beer cans and building debris of today. Kozlowski's exhibit Under (Printed) Construction will be on display at the Design on Main Gallery September 10-20 and features screen- and relief-printed images that have been wheat-pasted to the gallery wall. On Friday, September 21, he will lead a workshop during which the exhibit will be torn down and recycled into new paper on which workshop participants will print their own images. 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, 5:45-6:30pm.

The Symbolism of the Sand Mandala - Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery
Mon, 24 Sep 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a mandala sand painting in the lobby of the Memorial Union Monday, September 24 through Friday, September 28. The process consists of opening ceremony with chants, music and mantra recitation and ends with the dismantling of the mandala and dispersal of the sand. Millions of grains of sand are poured from traditional metal funnels called chakpur to create a finished mandala approximately five feet by five feet in size. Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.

Mental Illness, Tragedy and Transformation: The Mark Becker Story - Joan & David Becker
Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 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. Joan and Dave Becker share their family’s story about their son Mark and the experience they had coping with his paranoid schizophrenia. They hope it will help other families, caregivers, and professionals understand how they can make a difference in moving forward and improving our mental health system. The Beckers spent years visiting doctors, pleading with state mental health services, and trying to get their son help for what was finally diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia just three days before the unthinkable happened in their rural community of Parkersburg. 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.

Statewide Democratic Ticket Conversation and Meet-and-Greet
Wed, 26 Sep 2018, 5:30 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Hear speeches, ask questions, and meet the Democratic candidates for statewide office in Iowa. Participants include Deidre DeJear, candidate for Iowa Secretary of State; Rob Sand, candidate for Iowa Auditor of State; and Tim Gannon, candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.

Equity in Physical Activity for People with Disabilities - James Rimmer
Thu, 27 Sep 2018, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - James Rimmer has been developing and directing physical activity and health promotion programs for people with disabilities for more than 30 years. He is the inaugural Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and director of the Lakeshore Foundation/UAB Collaborative. Rimmer is on the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research advisory board. He was also the first researcher with a focus on the fitness of people with disabilities to be named to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. The 2018 Pease Family Scholar in Kinesiology


Unlocking Your Inner Entrepreneur - Sara Wyant
Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 7:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - One of the luckiest days of my life was when I got fired from a job I loved. Sara Wyant is president of Agri-Pulse Communications, with offices in Washington DC and Camdenton, Missouri. As a veteran farm policy reporter, she is well recognized on Capitol Hill as well as with farm and commodity associations across the country. The Agri-Pulse newsletter and website include the latest updates on farm policy, commodity and conservation programs, trade, food safety, rural development, and environmental and regulatory programs. Wyant is a graduate of Iowa State and grew up on a farm near Marengo. William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture and part of CALS Week

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Candidate Debate
Wed, 03 Oct 2018, 3:10 PM – Gallery, Memorial Union - The Sustainable Agriculture Colloquium will host candidates for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in advance of the upcoming November 6 elections. Participants include Democratic candidate Tim Gannon and Libertarian candidate Rick Stewart. A meet and greet with the candidates will immediately follow the 1-hour debate. Questions will be taken in advance, and the debate will be moderated by Neil Hamilton, director of the Drake University Agricultural Law Center. Submit questions by e-mail to by 5:00 p.m. on September 30. Include your name and town of residence.

Controversy and the U.S. Supreme Court - A Panel Discussion
Wed, 03 Oct 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join a discussion on recent Supreme Court rulings on issues including gerrymandering, President Trump’s travel ban, and the right to refuse service for religious reasons. Participants include Dirk Deam, senior lecturer in Political Science; Clark Wolf, Iowa State Bioethics Program Director, philosophy professor and expert in philosophy of the law; and Mark Kende, the James Madison Chair on Constitutional Law at Drake Law School. They will also discuss any shift in the balance of the court caused by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Constitution Day Event and part of the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy

Soil Carbon Sequestration for Climate Change Mitigation: What We Can Expect - William Schlesinger
Thu, 04 Oct 2018, 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

Making T-Shirts Out of Pop Bottles - Mike Draper
Thu, 04 Oct 2018, 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.

From Adversity to Empowerment - Elizabeth Smart
Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 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. 

Beyond Legacy: Archives and History
Mon, 08 Oct 2018, 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.

Watergate 45 Years Later: What Have We Learned? - Panel Discussion
Mon, 08 Oct 2018, 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.

A Hollywood Career in Costume Design - Black Panther's Ruth E. Carter
Tue, 09 Oct 2018, 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

Educational and Socialization Experiences of Latinx Youth - Panel Discussion
Wed, 10 Oct 2018, 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.

Visualizing Consolidation in the Global Meat Processing Industry - Phil Howard
Wed, 10 Oct 2018, 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

Divide and Conquer: Stopping Cancer One Cell at a Time - Robbyn Anand
Thu, 11 Oct 2018, 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

Why Good Nutrition Should Be a Global Priority and How to Make It So - Lawrence Haddad & David Nabarro
Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 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.

How Archaeology Killed Biblical History - Dr. Hector Avalos
Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 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
Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 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.

Studying the Fall of the Roman Empire with the Science of the Human Past - Michael McCormick
Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 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.

Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States on Immigration - Anne Clifford
Wed, 24 Oct 2018, 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  

If Not Us, Who? Human Dignity in the 21st Century - U.S. Senator Ben Sasse
Thu, 25 Oct 2018, 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.

Lion Conservation on a Crowded Continent - Craig Packer
Mon, 29 Oct 2018, 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


We Rise: Building a Movement that Restores the Planet - Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Thu, 01 Nov 2018, 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.

Gender and Power in Contemporary Somalia - Fartumo Kusow
Thu, 08 Nov 2018, 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.

Iowa State and The Great War - Douglas Biggs
Thu, 15 Nov 2018, 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
Thu, 15 Nov 2018, 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.

Men and the Politics of Hegemony in Ghanaian Film and Fiction - Theresah Patrine Ennin
Tue, 27 Nov 2018, 7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Many times we focus on the victims of men’s destructive behaviour. How many times have we stopped to think that such behaviour can be detrimental to the one engaging in It.? In what ways do these behaviours cause harm to the men themselves? The presentation uses films and books to detail the measures these men undertake in their desire to reach the hegemonic ideal and the costs and consequences to themselves and their families. Theresah Patrine Ennin is the 2018 American Council of Learned Societies-African Studies Association Presidential Fellow. She is senior lecturer of African literature in the Department of English at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Ennin obtained her PhD in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was also a Fulbright JSDP Scholar at Wisconsin.

A Seat at the Table: Creating Deliberately Diverse and Intentionally Inclusive Spaces in the Sciences - Danielle Lee
Wed, 28 Nov 2018, 7:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Danielle Lee is a vocal activist of science engagement of traditionally underrepresented and underserved audiences and helped found the National Science & Technology News Service, a media literacy initiative to bring more science news to African-American audiences and promote science news source diversity in mainstream media. She began blogging about science and science education as a way to engage African-American and urban audiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) She hosts the Urban Scientist blog at Scientific American and teaches mammalogy and urban ecology at Southern Illinois University. Her research focuses on the impact of the urban environment on rodent populations. Lee’s many honors include being named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2017, EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 in 2014, and a White House Champion of Change in STEM Diversity and Access.


The Power of Knowing Your Purpose - Brittany Packnett
Mon, 28 Jan 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Brittany Packnett is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice. A former teacher, policy expert, and non-profit executive director, she has committed her life and career to justice. She 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, a Video Columnist for Mic News, and writes for many publications. She also served as an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Recently, Brittany launched Love + Power, a hub created to inspire, empower, and outfit everyday people to seismically shift society.

2018-19 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series - Lee Cockerell
Thu, 31 Jan 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. He has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels and the Marriott Corporation before joining Disney. As the Senior Operating Executive at Disney for 10 years, 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 the ancillary operations. He also created the Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7,000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee Cockerell has authored several books on leadership, management and service excellence, including 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

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Thu, 31 Jan 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 2018-19 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management. Speaker to be announced.


Chicano Activism and Immigration - Jimmy Patiño
Mon, 11 Feb 2019, 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 his 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.

Why Rural Life Matters - Jim Ennis
Tue, 12 Feb 2019, 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

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Mon, 18 Feb 2019, 7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - Engineers' Week Keynote. Speaker to be announced.

50th Anniversary Supreme Court Victory for Students’ First Amendment Rights - Mary Beth and John Tinker
Mon, 25 Feb 2019, 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 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 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


Canada-US Relations: Still Friends, Partners, and Allies? - Colin Robertson
Thu, 07 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Notwithstanding the signature of the USMCA, Canada-US relations are under stress as the Trump Administration pursues its 'America First' policies in trade, climate and security. President Trump wins no popularity contests in Canada and, in contrast to the relationship with the Obama Administration, the Trudeau Government relations with the Trump Administration are correct but cool. And while there are divisions at the federal level both Canada and the USA are federations with different levels of government. Between states and provinces and between cities and municipalities there is a lot of practical cooperation. Former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson is now vice president and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Robertson will speak about the relationship beyond the Beltway and offer some perspectives on how it can continue to mutually benefit both nations.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 07 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - World Affairs Series event being planned

2018-19 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series - Fedele Bauccio
Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Fedele Bauccio cofounded Bon Appétit Management Company, which provides food service to 1,000-plus cafés located at corporations, universities, and museums in 34 states. Together Bauccio and Bon Appétit have revolutionized the food service industry, both by introducing fresh, made-from-scratch food to the contract market and by pioneering environmentally and socially responsible practices designed to create a more sustainable food system. His many honors and awards include the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Lifetime Achievement Awar, one of the James Beard Foundation’s inaugural Leadership Awards, and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s first Going Green Award. Part of the 2018-19 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management


Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Tue, 09 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - The 2018 Barbara E. (Mound) Hansen Lecture in Early Childhood Education

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Tue, 09 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - The 2018 Barbara E. (Mound) Hansen Lecture in Early Childhood Education

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Sleuthing, The Avengers & Chemistry – Raychelle Burks
Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Raychelle Burks isn’t your typical academic. She will share stories from her work developing methods for detecting illegal drugs and explosives, working in a crime lab, and blogging about chemistry and pop culture, like which chemical aroma would help disguise you from the walking dead. She is an assistant professor of chemistry at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and designs portable sensors, including those that work in your smart phone, that can make chemical measurements in the field. Burks is a popular science communicator, appearing on various podcasts and television shows, including the Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science. Her blog thirty-seven is a nod to her alter-identity Dr. Rubidium, rubidium being the 37th element on the Periodic Table. Raychelle Burks has an MSc in forensic science and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She earned her BS in chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa.


Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sun, 30 Jun 2019, 12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - National Affairs Series. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sun, 30 Jun 2019, 12:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - National Affairs Series speaker to be announced