Schedule of Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 8:15 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.
The Revolution Generation: How Millennials Can Save America and the World (Before it’s too Late) - Documentary and Discussion
Tue, 30 Oct 2018, 7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - The Revolution Generation: How Millennials Can Save the World (Before It's Too Late) is a new film - and book - from Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Josh Tickell. The film explores the challenges millennials and other young people face in solving current environmental, economic, and social crises. Ticknell takes issue with the notion that millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists with an in-depth exploration of the often-overlooked strengths, activism and commitment of people born between 1980 and 2000. The film features interviews with Corbin Bleu, Senator Bernie Sanders, Rosario Dawson, and Xiutezcatl Martinez among others. It is being screened exclusively on college campuses prior to its release on Netflix. Join a student-led discussion immediately following the 80-minute film.
The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown: Newspapers, Op-eds, and American Responses to Antisemitism - Eric Schmalz
Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 7:00 PM – Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. - In 1940, there were nearly 1,900 daily newspapers in the United States read and shared by millions of Americans. These periodicals give us a glimpse into the intense struggles in the American heartland surrounding arguments promoting racism, discrimination, antisemitism, and isolationism during the 1930s and 1940s. Eric Schmalz, community manager for the History Unfolded project at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will talk about the role antisemitism played in the general American cultural landscape and how ordinary Americans reacted.
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.
Maineland - Documentary & Discussion with director Miao Wang
Tue, 13 Nov 2018, 6:30 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Filmed over three years in China and the United States, Maineland follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers from China as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Stella and Harry are part of the enormous wave of Chinese "parachute students" enrolling in U.S. private schools, seeking a Western-style education, an escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. Director Miao Wang captures their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country. A discussion with director Miao Wang will immediately follow the 90-minute film.
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 & Discussion with Producer Walt Wolfram
Thu, 15 Nov 2018, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, 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.
American Politics after the 2018 Midterm Elections - Panel Discussion
Mon, 26 Nov 2018, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Steffen Schmidt, Lucken Endowed Professor of Political Science at Iowa State, will moderate a panel analyzing the November 6 election results and discussing the future of American politics. Panelists are Jeff Zeleny, CNN Senior White House Correspondent; Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg Senior White House reporter and Iowa State University alumna; David Kochel, national campaign advisor and Iowa State University alumnus who served as chief strategist for Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign; and Jonathan Martin, New York Times National Political Correspondent.
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.
Children at War: Born into a War Zone - Panel Discussion with Jean-Pierre Taoutel
Tue, 27 Nov 2018, 7:00 PM – Cardinal Room, Memorial Union - Members of the International Student Council’s Humanitarian Awareness Committee will share stories and facts about children growing up in nations at war or affected by war. The discussion will be led and moderated by Jean-Pierre Taoutel, a Senior Lecturer of French at Iowa State who also coordinates the university’s Arabic program and has led study abroad programs in France, Spain, and Morocco. Taoutel was born in Syria and grew up in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon. He moved to France to attend La Sorbonne in Paris and has been at Iowa State since 1999.
*NEW DATE & TIME* Lion Conservation on a Crowded Continent - Craig Packer
Tue, 27 Nov 2018, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Rescheduled from October 29 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
A Seat at the Table: Creating Deliberately Diverse and Intentionally Inclusive Spaces in the Sciences - Danielle N. Lee
Wed, 28 Nov 2018, 7:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Danielle N. Lee is a vocal advocate of science engagement among traditionally underrepresented and underserved audiences. She 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. Lee began blogging about science and science education as a way to engage African-American and urban audiences in STEM. She hosts the Urban Scientist blog at Scientific American and teaches mammalogy and urban ecology at Southern Illinois University. Her 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.
Rewriting DNA: Genome Editing in the CRISPR Era - Dipali Sashital
Thu, 29 Nov 2018, 7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Genomes are the blueprints for our cells, containing the information needed to grow and sustain life. The recent discovery of CRISPR tools have enabled scientists to precisely alter DNA through a process called gene editing. We now have the power to redesign cellular blueprints in all forms of life, including humans, opening the door for new disease treatments, improved food supplies, and new sources of energy. Iowa State assistant professor of biochemistry Dipali Sashital is an expert in CRISPR technology, and research in her lab focuses on understanding and improving these tools. Sashital will share the story of the development of this groundbreaking technology, from its humble beginnings as a bacterial immune system to the incredible promise its many applications hold. Sigma Xi Lecture Series
Amazing Iowa Women - Lecture and book release party with Katy Swalwell
Mon, 03 Dec 2018, 1:00 PM – Sloss House - Katy Swalwell, an associate professor of education at Iowa State, is the author of the new illustrated children's book, Amazing Iowa Women. Swalwell worked with over 25 Iowa women artists and RAYGUN to create the book, which celebrates the incredible accomplishments of a diverse set of women throughout Iowa’s history. Swalwell will share highlights from the book as well as discuss her research and writing process. Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow her presentation.
Let Freedom Ring - Carillon Concert
Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 11:50 AM – Central Campus - A carillon concert in honor of Dr. King. Tin-Shi Tam, carillonneur. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Birthday Celebration
Mon, 21 Jan 2019, 6:00 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
BlacKkKlansman - Movie Screening
Wed, 23 Jan 2019, 7:00 PM – Carver 101 - BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele, offers a provocative exploration of American race relations. In the midst of the 1970s civil rights movement, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. He sets out to prove his worth by infiltrating the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and convinces his Jewish colleague (Adam Driver) to go undercover as a white supremacist. Nominated for 4 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture-Drama, the film is an adaptation of Stallworth’s memoir and based on actual events.
Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation - Keynote speaker: BLACK KLANSMAN author Ron Stallworth
Thu, 24 Jan 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join us for Iowa State’s university-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s program features keynote speaker Ron Stallworth, whose extraordinary story of being a black detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan is the subject of Spike Lee’s recent movie BlacKkKlansman. As the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, Stallworth overcame fierce racial hostility to achieve a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. It was in 1978 that he responded to a KKK recruitment ad using his real name while posing as a white man. With the help of a partner standing in as the "white" Ron Stallworth, he was able to sabotage cross burnings and expose members of the white supremacist group. Stallworth will discuss the months-long investigation and Black Klansman, the memoir he subsequently wrote to share his experiences of a deeply divided America. The Advancing One Community Awards will be awarded prior to the keynote address.
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, non-profit executive director, and Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, she has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership and honored at the 2018 BET Awards as "one of the fiercest activists of our time." Packnett 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, and a Video Columnist for Mic News. She also served as an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote
How Would You Balance the Federal Budget? - A Principles and Priorities Exercise
Thu, 31 Jan 2019, 6:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Understand the complexities of balancing the federal budget and the difficult policy choices lawmakers face in this interactive workshop led by staff from the non-partisan Concord Coalition. This 2-hour event kicks off with a short overview of federal spending, followed by the 90-minute Principles and Priorities exercise. Working in small groups, participants will review current federal spending priorities, tax policy and entitlement reform options and apply their own principles and negotiating skills to put forward a consensus-based deficit reduction plan. It’s an eye-opening experience designed to educate voters on the political will and compromise required to address our spiraling national debt. David Oman, Senior Advisor to the Concord Coalition and former Chief of Staff for Governors Robert Ray and Terry Branstad, will facilitate the workshop. The Concord Coalition is a bipartisan national organization that for 25 years has worked to encourage a balanced federal budget. Participants are asked to attend the entire 2-hour event.
Creating Disney Magic: Lessons in Leadership, Management, and Customer Service - Lee Cockerell
Thu, 31 Jan 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort, has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business and authored several books on leadership, management and customer service excellence. At Disney, 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 their ancillary operations. He also created the Disney Great Leader Strategies, which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. His books include 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
The Hidden Machinery: The Art of Writing - A Conversation with Margot Livesey
Thu, 07 Feb 2019, 2:10 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - New date and location! 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
It’s All About Me: Left, Right, and Liberalism in Public Life - David T. Koyzis
Thu, 07 Feb 2019, 6:30 PM – 2019 Morrill Hall - Our current political climate can lead Americans to think that left and right represent two warring factions and philosophies that are polarizing the political arena. David T. Koyzis, a Fellow in Politics at the St. George's Centre for Biblical and Public Theology, will show how the labels "left" and "right" mask the dominance of liberal individualism, with one side choosing the market and the other the state as the chosen means of advancing a liberal agenda. Koyzis will discuss alternatives and ways in which Americans can work together for the common good.
The Science of Flirting - Jeffrey Hall
Thu, 07 Feb 2019, 8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Jeffrey Hall is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas and an expert on flirting and communication in romantic relationships. He will discuss the research for his book, The Five Flirting Styles, and how understanding how you communicate romantic interest may help you improve your chances in love. Hall has published widely on such topics as humor in relationships, making and keeping friends, and social networking and Facebook and has been interviewed by such media outlets as National Public Radio and CNN and Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, TIME Magazine, and Wall Street Journal. He earned his doctorate from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.
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 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.
Food and Faith: Why Eating is a Moral Act - 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
The Sky Is Not the Limit - Capt. Scott Kelly
Mon, 18 Feb 2019, 7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - Doors open at 6:00pm - Free admission | No tickets | General admission seating 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-seated basis and may not be saved. Capt. Scott Kelly captivated the world and seized the imagination of millions during his record-breaking year spent living on the International Space Station - proving that the sky is not the limit when it comes to the potential of the human spirit. On his trip Scott Kelly, together with his identical twin brother, Mark, on Earth, paved the way for the future of space travel and exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. Author of the best-selling book Endurance, Kelly shares stories and photos from his travels in space, reflecting on how we affect our planet and where the future of space exploration will go. University Sustainability Symposium Keynote and part of the National Affairs Series and the World Affairs Series. A book signing will immediately follow the lecture in the Celebrity Café on the lower level.
Security and Virtual Reality - Kate McKinley
Thu, 21 Feb 2019, 7:00 PM – Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall - Kate McKinley is a security leader at Facebook Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality working to ensure that the upcoming platforms we use in work, play, and everyday life are trustworthy, safe, and private. She has worked previously at Mozilla, Netflix, iSEC Partners, and more as a developer, security engineer, and security expert. McKinley will share her unique career path and talk about her current work in VR. Engineers' Week 2019
Stand Up! Speak Up! Youth & the First Amendment - Mary Beth Tinker 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 their Des Moines, Iowa, 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 Tinker 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
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo
Tue, 26 Feb 2019, 7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium - Free admission | No tickets | General admission seating LIMITED PRIORITY SEATING Iowa State students may present their ISU Card for limited, first-floor priority seating until 6:30pm. Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility and Is Everyone Really Equal, has had a profound influence on the national discourse on race. She has facilitated trainings on racial and social justice issues for more than 20 years and coined the term "white fragility" in 2011. DiAngelo will discuss her concept of how white Americans are unknowingly socialized to be highly sensitive to and defensive in situations involving race - that is, racially "fragile." She also emphasizes the perspectives and skills white people need to build in order to engage more constructively across race. Dr. DiAngelo is affiliate faculty at the University of Washington College of Education.
But You Don't Look Like You Have an Eating Disorder . . . - Sarah Thompson
Wed, 27 Feb 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sarah Thompson, a writer, eating disorder recovery coach, and consultant, will share stories from their own recovery after having an eating disorder for 18 years. Their presentation focuses on barriers and access to eating disorder treatment, including fatphobia, homophobia, and transphobia. Thompson, who identifies as larger-bodied and queer, is a thought leader in the Health at Every Size®, Body Trust®, and LGBTQIA+ communities. They author the popular blog Resilient Fat Goddex and have been featured on such podcasts as Food Psych, Do No Harm, and Fearless Rebelle Radio. Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week Speaker
More Than Mutts: The History of North America's Earliest Dogs - Chris Widga
Wed, 27 Feb 2019, 8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dogs have been part of the human experience in the Old World for at least 16,000 years. But when and where do we find the earliest dogs in the Americas? Chris Widga, head curator at the East Tennessee State University Museum of Natural History, is part of an international team studying early dogs and dog domestication. Their research examining DNA recovered from several ancient animals, published in Science, has revealed the unique genetic signature of America’s first dogs, where they came from, and offered insight into their complex evolutionary history of our canine companions. Chris Widga earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of Kansas and is an adjunct professor of geosciences at East Tennessee State University.
Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity - Keynote Speaker Vernon Wall
Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 12:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Vernon Wall is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. He has accumulated over 30 years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill and has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing. Wall currently lives in Washington DC, where he serves as Director of Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc. He is also president and founder of One Better World, a consulting firm specializing in engaging others in courageous social justice and equity conversations.
Law and Story: Reframing the National Conversation about Immigration - Rev. David Vasquez-Levy & Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller
Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy, President of the Pacific School of Religion, and Tom Miller, Iowa State Attorney General, will discuss both our immigration laws and the current immigration narrative. How can our academic, legal, and religious communities move the discussion away from fear and towards a more compelling vision of our place in an increasingly global society? David Vasquez-Levy was in northeast Iowa at the time of the Postville raid in 2008 and worked as part of the community response effort. He remains a leader on issues of immigration, promoting social awareness and public policy that maximizes a healthy and just mix of diverse persons in our communities. Part of the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy
My Journey as a Woman in STEM - Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen
Mon, 04 Mar 2019, 3:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join your ISU Student Government in a celebration of International Women's Day. President Wendy Wintersteen will speak about her journey from as a woman in STEM, from being one of the first female ISU extension associates in integrated pest management to becoming the first woman president of Iowa State University. Wintersteen completed her doctorate in entomology at Iowa State and rose through the academic ranks to become a professor of entomology. She served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for 11 years before becoming president. President Wintersteen is also featured in the Women in STEM banner exhibit, which goes on display March 4 in Parks Library and recognizes the achievements of many women from Iowa State in their STEM fields.
The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child Survivor - Inge Auerbacher
Mon, 04 Mar 2019, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Inge Auerbacher shares her story as a Holocaust survivor who spent 3 years as a young child in Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Auerbacher was born in Kippenheim, Germany, survived Kristallnacht, and was deported with her parents in 1942 to Terezin, where out of 15,000 children only about 1 percent survived. Miraculously, she and both of her parents survived and immigrated to the United States after the war. Inge Auerbacher speaks frequently about her experience and has shared her story in the books I Am a Star-Child of the Holocaust and Beyond the Yellow Star to America. She was a featured speaker at the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony last month. My hope, wish, and prayer, is for every child to live in peace without hunger and prejudice. The antidote to hatred is education, no more genocides, no more anti-Semitism. --Inge Auerbacher
Crime Solving with Genetic Genealogy - CeCe Moore
Mon, 04 Mar 2019, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - The 2018 arrest of the Golden State serial killer in California made international headlines in part because police teamed up with genealogists to use familial DNA to track him down. This new method of sleuthing raises questions about how it’s done, ethics and privacy, and the reliability of genetic and DNA tests. CeCe Moore is an investigative genetic genealogist and media consultant. She has worked as the genetic genealogist for the PBS Television documentary series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. since 2013. She is the founder of The DNA Detectives and recently joined forces with Parabon Nanolabs to lead their new Genetic Genealogy Services for law enforcement unit. National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy
Canada-US Relations: Still Friends, Partners, and Allies? - Colin Robertson
Thu, 07 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson is now vice president and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and hosts its regular Global Exchange podcast. He will speak about the U.S.-Canadian relationship beyond the Beltway and offer some perspectives on how it can continue to mutually benefit both nations even with the Trump administration's focus on "America First" policies in trade, climate and security. During his foreign service career Robertson served in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Consul General in Los Angeles, and at the UN and Consulate General in New York. He was a member of the teams that negotiated the Canada-US FTA and then the NAFTA. World Affairs Series: The U.S. Role Abroad
We Rise: Building a Movement that Restores the Planet - Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Thu, 07 Mar 2019, 8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Xiuhtezcatl (‘Shu-Tez-Caht) Martinez is an 18-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, in 2017 and recently performed at MTV Music Week in association with the EMAs. National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy Celebrating 10 Years of the Live Green! Initiative
Active Mic: Mental Health through Hip Hop - Kai Roberts
Mon, 11 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kai Roberts was a student at Carnegie Mellon University when he began experiencing extreme anxiety and panic disorder. He discovered healing power in writing and created a series of hip hop lyrics to illustrate what he was feeling. Roberts recorded his “Carnegie Café” album in 2013, which quickly became a resource for students dealing with mental health disorders and a key element in his own recovery. Kai Roberts is currently the assistant director of admissions at Carnegie Mellow and a professional speaker with Active Minds, a nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students.
Designing Secure Fleets of Drones: Possibilities, Challenges, and Limitations - Borzoo Bonakdarpour
Tue, 12 Mar 2019, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, are expected to play a significant role in future technologies, especially when programmed in teams. Drone fleets could aid with surveillance and data collection for crops or wildlife, search and rescue missions, border security, deliveries, and more, but they also present challenges and vulnerabilities. Iowa State assistant professor of computer science Borzoo Bonakdarpour will discuss his work designing programmed drone fleets that are efficient enough for large-scale projects but also safe, secure, and adaptable. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Lecture Series
Student Life at Iowa State: 1869-90 - Douglas Biggs
Wed, 13 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Iowa Agricultural College, as Iowa State University was designated upon its establishment in 1864, began formally admitting students in 1869. Land-grant colleges and their ideals of making higher education accessible to all and providing instruction in liberal and practical subjects were still much more theory than tradition in 1869. Historian Douglas Biggs, a native of Ames and a graduate of Iowa State University, will discuss student life at Iowa State during it first two decades. He’ll share stories about the challenges students faced living in relative isolation, issues over the requirement for manual labor, and the fight over the colonizing of fraternities and sororities on campus.
Energy and Society: What Type of Energy for the Future of Humanity - Federico Rosei
Thu, 14 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - Federico Rosei is the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Savings, and Storage at the University of Quebec, Varennes, and director of the INRS Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications. He has held the Canadian Research Chair (Senior) in Nanostructured Materials since 2014. Rosei’s research focuses on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates. He has extensive experience in fabricating, processing and characterizing inorganic, organic and biocompatible nanomaterials. Sigma Xi Lecture Series
Setting the Table: Systems, Sustainability, and Policy - Angie Tagtow
Mon, 25 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Angie Tagtow is a registered and licensed dietitian with more than 25 year of experience in public health and food policy. She was Executive Director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion during the Obama administration and co-led the development and launch of the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the US Department of Health and Human Services. Angie Tagtow will discuss the balance between nutrition and sustainability, including the role of policy and the importance of educating eaters, health professionals and policymakers on cultivating and participating in sustainable food systems that promote good health, vibrant communities and environmental stewardship. Tagtow earned an MS in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University and lives on a reconstructed tallgrass prairie in northeast Polk County. The 2019 Shivvers Memorial Lecture
Changing the World Through Food - Fedele Bauccio
Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Fedele Bauccio is cofounder of 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. Bon Appétit has committed to serving only sustainable seafood, switching to humanely raised meat, addressing farmworker rights, and most recently banning plastic straws. Fedele Bauccio’s many professional honors include the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 National Retail and Consumer Products Award and one of the James Beard Foundation’s inaugural Leadership Awards. Part of the 2018-19 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management. Celebrating 10 Years of the Live Green! Initiative
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Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Kocimski Auditorium, 0101 College of Design - Speaker to be announced.
Using Insights from Behavioral Economics to Address Physical Activity Disparities - Rebecca Hasson
Thu, 28 Mar 2019, 5:30 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - Rebecca Hasson is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory. She studies the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic disparities in obesity and obesity-related complications among children and adolescents. She is specifically interested in what socioeconomic, behavioral, and biological factors contribute to these health disparities and options for behavioral intervention. Hasson’s multidisciplinary research approach integrates her previous training in such areas as exercise physiology, endocrinology, pediatrics, and social epidemiology.
Bringing Our Soil Back to Life - David Montgomery
Thu, 28 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - David R. Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, is a professor at the University of Washington, where he studies the evolution of topography and how geological processes shape landscapes and influence ecological systems. He will speak about his most recent book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, and make a case for how agriculture can be the solution to global environmental problems. The book draws on his experiences visiting farms around the world as a MacArthur Fellow and explores practices that help restore soil health and fertility. Montgomery is the author of several other books, including The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life, co-written with Anne Biklé. Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture
Re-Envisioning the 1930s Midwest: The Farmer, the Artist, and the Aerial Photographer - Jason Weems
Thu, 28 Mar 2019, 8:15 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Jason Weems is an associate professor of American art, visuality, and material culture studies and author of Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the Midwest. His current research includes an exploration of the intersection of art and archaeological imagery in the Americas at the turn of the century, and an investigation into photography of and by Native Americans during the New Deal. Jason Weems currently chairs the History of Art Department at the University of California, Riverside. His talk is part of an interdisciplinary symposium on the history of Midwest science and engineering.
A Second Chance at Life - Holocaust Survivor Celina Karp Biniaz
Sun, 31 Mar 2019, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Celina Karp Biniaz is one of the last living survivors of Schindler’s List - the list of 1098 Jewish men, women and children who were saved from the Nazis and the Holocaust largely due to the humanity of Oskar Schindler. She will share her story of survival from living a comfortable, middle-class childhood to being forced into a Jewish ghetto and later one of the most infamous Nazi death camps, Auschwitz. Celina's family worked in Schindler's factory until they were liberated in May 1945. Two years later they immigrated to Des Moines, where she graduated from North High School and subsequently attended Grinnell College.
#MeToo-Why Has It Taken So Long? - Florence George Graves
Mon, 01 Apr 2019, 7:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Florence George Graves is an award-winning journalist and founding director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Her reporting helped expose the imbalance of power between women and men in Washington long before the #Metoo era. Graves authored investigative reports for the Washington Post on the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings and broke the story of sexual harassment and abuse of power by U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood, resulting in his censure and forced resignation. She was the founding editor of Common Cause Magazine in the 1980s, which won major awards for repeatedly breaking national stories on money in politics, congressional ethics, and regulatory mismanagement. Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics
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Tue, 02 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask - Anton Treuer
Wed, 03 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Anton Treuer is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of 14 books, including Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask. A distinguished scholar and member of the Ojibwe tribe, he uses personal examples in clear language to alleviate misconception and bridge knowledge gaps among cultures. In addition to his work documenting the culture, history and language of the Ojibwe, Treuer speaks frequently about issues of cultural competence and equity, education, and sovereignty for Native peoples. He has a BA from Princeton and earned MA and PHD degrees in history from the University of Minnesota. The 2019 Richard Thompson Memorial Lecture
Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Mon, 08 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Documentary and discussion to be announced.
Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture - Ken Isley
Tue, 09 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall - Ken Isley heads the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, where he leads offices around the world in expanding trade and export opportunities for American agriculture. Previously, Isley worked for Dow AgroSciences, where he held various senior leadership roles, including vice president, general counsel, and head of the company’s global legal department. Most recently he was special adviser for Corteva Agriscience. Isley holds a BS degree from the Iowa State University and a JD from the University of Iowa. He grew up on his family’s farm in Iowa and continues to own and manage grain and livestock operations. Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture
The 2018 Barbara E. (Mound) Hansen Lecture in Early Childhood Education - Karin Lifter
Tue, 09 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Karin Lifter is an early intervention specialist and a professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston. She directs the Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Early Intervention, which prepares personnel to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities or at risk for developmental delay as well as their families. Lifter conducts both descriptive and intervention studies on the play, language, and social development of young children with and without disabilities, bridging cognitive and behavioral theories. She and her colleagues developed the Developmental Play Assessment (DPA), and Lifter now leads Project Play, which offers a user-friendly version of the DPA and online training program for practitioners. The 2019 Barbara E. (Mound) Hansen Lecture in Early Childhood Education
A Name Worth Fighting For: How Being Asian Got Me in Trouble - Simon Tam of The Slants
Tue, 09 Apr 2019, 8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Simon Tam, founder and bassist of The Slants, talks frankly about racism, his experiences as a musician, and how this Asian American dance rock band unintentionally revived a longstanding battle over trademarks and racial slurs. Tam will discuss how the nearly eight-year-long legal battle over the band’s name came about, their ultimate victory for free speech, as well as the unintended consequences the Supreme Court decision had for other civil rights legal organizations. His book, Slanted: How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble, will be published this spring. First Amendment Day Series
Human Mating Strategies - David Buss
Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - David M. Buss is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a pioneer in the field of evolutionary psychology. He is well known for his research on how the human sexes differ in their selection of a mate but has researched a number of topics ranging from prestige to stalking. His many books include The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating; The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill; The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex; and Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind, the first textbook in the field, now in its 6th edition. Graduate & Professional Student Research Conference Keynote
Understanding Second Language Speakers: What REALLY Matters? - Tracey Derwing
Tue, 16 Apr 2019, 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
Renewing Reciprocity: Indigenous Food Systems and the Honorable Harvest - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - A poster session and reception will precede the lecture, 5:30-7:00pm. 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. Kimmerer will discuss the philosophy of reciprocal relationships in indigenous food systems and how the practice of the Honorable Harvest can serve as a model for sustainable agriculture. She is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the State University of New York in Syracuse and the founder and director of SUNY's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Sustainable Agriculture Symposium Keynote
Building Bridges or Walls: Where Do the U.S. and Mexico Go from Here? - Vicente Fox
Thu, 18 Apr 2019, 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
Shut Up and Dance - A Musical Celebration of the First Amendment
Tue, 23 Apr 2019, 8:00 PM – Martha Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Music Building - “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 Day Series
Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 24 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.
The Art of Fiction - A Reading & Conversation with Margot Livesey
Thu, 25 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - New date and location! 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