Schedule of Events

01 Aug 2018 - 31 Jul 2019

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September

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.

The Art of Science: Bringing Pixar's 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 Coco, Finding Nemo,Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more 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

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 Located in the Main Street Cultural District in downtown Ames, Design on Main is a satellite studio and gallery facility that connects Iowa State University’s College of Design with the greater Ames community.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Mon, 24 Sep 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

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

Pease Family Scholar in Kinesiology - 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

October

William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture - Sara Wyant
Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 7:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - 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. She is still involved with her family's farming operation. William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture and part of CALS Week

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 04 Oct 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Celebrating 10 Years of the Live Green! Initiative Speaker to be announced.

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 University Library’s Special Collections and University Archives.

A Hollywood Career in Costume Design - Black Panther's Ruth Carter
Tue, 09 Oct 2018, 7:00 PM – MOVED! Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - Ruth Carter is the Oscar-nominated costume designer for Marvel's Black Panther, for which she conceptualized and created more than 1,000 costumes for the world of Wakanda. 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

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

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 11 Oct 2018, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture Series. Speaker to be announced.

Norman Borlaug Lecture - The 2018 World Food Prize Laureates: 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. 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.

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.

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  

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

November

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. Celebrating 10 Years of the Live Green! Initiative and part of the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy

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

February

Chicano Activism and Immigration - Jimmy Patiño
Mon, 11 Feb 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, 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

National Affairs Series Event Being Planned
Mon, 25 Feb 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced. Part of the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy

June

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 – To be announced - Phi Alpha Theta 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